Matt Trotter


Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN. 

He has a master's degree from Arizona State University, where he spent a semester on the first reporting staff of Cronkite News Service's Washington, D.C., bureau. As a grad student, he won awards for multimedia journalism and in-depth TV reporting.

Matt is from Southern California, so he's slowly following Route 66 across the United States. He would have made it Chicago by now, but he's not a fan of long drives.

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State of Oklahoma

The City of Tulsa may push for changes to the state’s eminent domain laws.

When those cases go to court, three commissioners put a value on the land. If there’s a jury trial, then a 12-member jury decides what it’s worth.

"If the jury verdict is less than we paid under the report of the commissioners, obviously the landowner has to repay us some money," said Senior Assistant City Attorney Mark Swiney, who handles Tulsa’s eminent domain cases. "If the jury verdict is more than the report of commissioners, then, of course, we have to pay more."

City of Tulsa

Tulsa city councilors may soon formalize a minimum portion to give the county out of a six-tenths of a cent Vision renewal.

Councilor G.T. Bynum thinks five-one hundredths, an amount county commissioners think is inadequate, is an appropriate floor to set and will actually give the county more money than the original tax.

"Now, not billions of dollars more, but more on an annual basis — in the millions — than they were in the original program," Bynum said.

Call it a Vision pitch in reverse.

Neil Mavis doesn’t want money from a sales tax renewal, but he does want support for a Tulsa Olympics bid.

"Bidding for the Olympics, it acts as a catalyst to get civic projects done," Mavis said. "For example, we've been talking for generations to get water in the Arkansas River, and the perfect spot for kayaking for the Olympics would be right in front of the Gathering Place park."


Tulsa Tough grows bigger, with organizers adding a fall race, the Cyntergy Hurtland.

Picture Tulsa Tough’s short, fast criterium courses made to fit on an off-road location.

"And put barricades and obstacles where the cyclists have to dismount and run with their bicycle over a barricade and maybe cross a ditch or go through a sand pit before they even complete each loop — that's cyclocross," said Director Malcolm McCollam.

Cyntergy Hurtland’s course is designed by top-ranked American rider Jeremy Powers. The race is Nov. 21 at Owen Park.

While Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center doesn’t have a list of projects at the ready, its director doesn’t want to be left out of a potential Vision renewal.

John Scott told city officials the 40-year-old building is in need of work above and beyond his annual budget, and a consulting firm is currently evaluating what needs to be done.

"They hope to have a report available later in the fall, certainly in time for inclusion on the Vision list," Scott said.


Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum presented his new low-water dam proposal to the Arkansas River task force.

It was well-received by Tulsa city and county officials, who focused on the need to discuss how people will access the lakes formed by three dams.

"I mean, today there's kayaking, there's rowing, there's fishing, but there's not a lot of access points, so if we can improve that, that's good," said River Parks Director Matt Meyer. "The water quality's not bad. The raft race is coming back, as you all know, so that'll probably get some publicity."

The Tulsa Shock's majority owner has cleared the final hurdle with the league before he moves the team to Dallas.

WNBA owners approved relocation on a unanimous vote. The Shock's home next year will be College Park Center at the University of Texas in Arlington if the university system's board of regents approves it.

"The WNBA is extremely grateful to the city of Tulsa and the team’s loyal fans," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie in a statement. "The support they have shown for the Shock and women’s professional basketball over the past six seasons has been tremendous."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)— Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry warn that issuing a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells could hurt Oklahoma's economy.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is investigating whether the wells are triggering earthquakes in the state.

Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes last year. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says there have been more than 500 earthquakes so far this year.

Broken Arrow Police

Broken Arrow Police have released the name of the 18-year-old suspect in a family homicide that happened late Wednesday night.

Robert Bever, 18, is in custody along with his 16-year-old brother. They are suspected of stabbing their parents, 52-year-old David Bever and 44-year-old April Bever, and three of their siblings to death with knives and hatchets. Police have tentatively identified the other victims as a 5-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year old boy.

In the news this morning:

  • Broken Arrow police name one suspect, two victims in family homicide.
  • A new report ranks Tulsa's roads among the worst in the nation.
  • Arkansas River task force members react to a new dam proposal.