Express Links:

Matt Trotter

Reporter

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.

Pages

Local & Regional
5:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Tulsa 44th on National City Park Ratings List

Kendall-Whittier Park is located behind Kendall-Whittier Elementary School at Fifth Place and Birmingham Avenue.
Credit KWGS News

Despite falling from 40th to 44th in a national park system rating, Tulsa gains ground.

Peter Harnik is director of the Center for City Park Excellence with the Trust for Public Land. He said they rated 15 more cities this year: the largest 75 in the U.S. instead of the largest 60.

"Ten cities came in ahead of Tulsa, and the city only lost four spots," Harnik said. "If we hadn't added any new cities, Tulsa would be No. 35 this year."

Read more
Local & Regional
3:25 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Council Split on More Money for Mow Problems

Credit KWGS News

Grass is shaping up to be a point of contention in Tulsa’s 2016 budget.

More money means more frequent mowing. Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball says $645,000 has been budgeted right now.

"What that will do, is it will allow for seven mowing cycles. That'll be closer to your 30-day [cycles]," Ball said. "When we had shown it originally with the 10 cycles, that was allowing you to do a 21-day mowing cycle."

City Councilor Phil Lakin wants to see another $180,000 in the budget for mowing so there are 10 cycles.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Some Tulsa City Councilors Balk at Utility Rate Increases

Credit KWGS News

Proposed water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent aren’t sitting well with some Tulsa city councilors.

"The people that I represent cannot afford year after year after year after year to keep getting those big hits like that," said Councilor Jack Henderson. "I just want to go on record that I'm not going to be voting for this budget as long as that's on there."

Henderson said he understands the city needs more money for its utility infrastructure and would consider smaller rate increases.

Read more
Local & Regional
10:50 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Wet Spring Brings Dramatic Drought Improvement

Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

One of the wettest springs on record in Oklahoma has caused flooding in many parts of the state. State climatologist Gary McManus said there’s an upside, however.

"The common saying is, 'Sometimes it takes a flood to end a drought,' and we're definitely getting the flooding, but we're also ending the drought," McManus said.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 51 percent of Oklahoma is under drought conditions right now. Three months ago, 99 percent of the state was.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:06 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

EMSA Teaches Hands-Only CPR for World CPR Day

Paramedic Hannah Sherlock (right) teaches a woman how to perform hands-only CPR Wednesday morning at Guthrie Green.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

EMSA set out to teach hundreds of people compression-only CPR today, which is World CPR Day.

It was also the opening day of the Big XII FanFest, and EMSA was at Guthrie Green teaching anyone who would stop. Paramedic Hannah Sherlock said it only takes a couple minutes to learn, but it can make a big difference in emergencies.

"It keeps blood flowing through the body, which is going to the brain and keeping oxygen in the brain," Sherlock said. "So, it's causing less consequences for longer downtimes."

It’s as easy as check, call, compress.

Read more
Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Plans in the Works for Interactive Route 66 Visitor Center

The Route 66 Experience is an interactive visitor center and mixed-use development planned at Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive.
Credit Selser Schaefer Architects

A local group announces plans for a Route 66 complex just outside the southwest corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop.

The Route 66 Experience will house interactive exhibits and restaurant space at Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive. The group behind the mixed-use development is Route 66 Alliance, and cofounder Michael Wallis said Tulsa has needed an attraction connected to the highway to draw visitors.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:10 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Tulsa Police, Fire Departments Discuss Benefits of Four-Tenths Proposal

Credit KWGS News File Photo

Leaders of Tulsa's police and fire departments talked to the city's public safety task force Tuesday about how a proposed four-tenths of a cent tax would help them help Tulsans.

Tulsa Police would likely divide the city into smaller beats if more officers are hired. Police union president and TPD Sgt. Clay Ballenger said they want to get away from the sense officers only show up when there’s an emergency.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:20 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Vandals Strike Tulsa County Courthouse

Vandals broke glass Friday night in three out of four doors and a window at the Tulsa County Courthouse's Denver Avenue entrance.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Three glass doors and a window at the Tulsa County Courthouse were damaged by vandals over the weekend.

Tulsa County Maintenance Director Dan Belding said it happened to the Denver Avenue entrance around 8 p.m. Friday.

"Luckily, that is strong glass. It's made out of safety glass, and it doesn't break easily," Belding said. They threw a brick or whatever against it quite a bit, and it didn't break all the way through on any of them."

It will take some time to fix. The doors and window must be measured, because the glass will be made to size.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:11 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Tulsa Escapes Weekend Storms With Little Damage

Tornado sirens in Tulsa went off for about 15 minutes Saturday night, but none touched down within the city limits.
Credit KWGS News

State and federal emergency officials are surveying damage after an EF2 tornado hit Broken Arrow Saturday night.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Jolliff said the extent of damage within the city limits was downed power lines and felled trees.

"We're very fortunate. The impacts of the storm hit just east of us, though we did have rotating cells in Tulsa. Had to hit our sirens," Jolliff said. "We were fortunate in that the one that was the greatest threat to us did not develop out and cause damage, so very fortunate there."

Read more
Local & Regional
2:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

County Official Working on New Jail Rate Formula

Credit KWGS News-File photo

Tulsa County commissioners may change how the jail’s daily rate is calculated.

Commissioner John Smaligo proposes a formula that would use costs at the county’s largest municipal jail to determine what cities should pay for using the county jail.

"It averages ratios between the City of Broken Arrow and the City of Tulsa, based on the total number of bookings and the overall population," Smaligo said. "And the reason why I chose Broken Arrow is because of the fact that they operate the largest municipal jail in Tulsa County."

Read more

Pages