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.

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Local & Regional
9:06 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Tulsa's Friday Morning News

In today's news:

  • A Tulsa-area lawmaker wants to improve state-level  efficiency.
  • Two Christmas Day earthquakes shake Oklahoma.
  • The state narcotics bureau says more pot is coming into Oklahoma after Colorado legalized it.   
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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Ruling Clears the Way for Oklahoma to Continue Using Midazolam in Executions

Credit Department of Corrections

The drug used in April’s problematic execution of Clayton Lockett will almost certainly be used again.

A federal judge has ruled 21 Oklahoma death row inmates didn’t prove midazolam presents an unacceptable risk of pain and suffering.

Dr. David Waisel is an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He said the drug will remain an experimental option.

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Local & Regional
3:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Average State Gas Price Could Dip Below $2 a Gallon Soon

Credit file photo

Oklahoma’s state average gas price has fallen 55 days in a row and now sits at $2.07 a gallon.

AAA’s Chuck Mai said it could go even lower.

"We may see a price average down below $2 a gallon by the end of the year," Mai said. "That's only seven days away, so it's entirely likely because the price of crude oil continues to drift lower."

In six months, the statewide average for a gallon of gas has fallen more than 40 percent, from $3.53 in June to $2.07 today.

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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Cops Team Up to Give Computers to Kids in Need

Volunteers with the PC Power's North Pole Computer Project help load refurbished computers to be delivered by Osage Nation police.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Local cops knocked on dozens of doors today to give free computers to families in need.

Retired Tulsa police officer Karen Ford runs PC Power, the nonprofit behind the giveaway. She said this is the North Pole Computer Project’s 12th year running.

"This day and age, you can't live without a computer," Ford said. "Kids need it for homework, need it to help learn. We've got some educational games on here, especially for the younger children."

Retired TPD officer Glenn DeWeese started the project in 2003. Ford took charge when he passed away.

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Local & Regional
1:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neighborhoods Department Could Benefit From Public Safety Funding Proposal

Credit KWGS News File Photo

The City of Tulsa’s Working In Neighborhoods department may stand to benefit if Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s public safety funding proposal becomes a reality.

City councilors asked department head Dwayne Midget which functions impact public safety.

"Such things as investigating nuisances, zoning complaints, dilapidated structures and demolition [or] rehab of these dilapidated structures, drug house investigation, property maintenance, livability standards and rehab of properties with livability standards, and animal welfare and control," Midget said.

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Local & Regional
1:42 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Salvation Army Gets a Few Surprises in Its Kettles

Salvation Army Maj. Jim Taylor holds the gold coins found in donation kettles Thursday night: Three $20 American coins from 1880 and one Krugerrand.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It’s happened again — the Salvation Army gets a Christmastime gold coin donation in its kettles.

Maj. Jim Taylor says during collections last night, they found a folded and taped $2 bill. Inside was a gold $20 U.S. coin from 1880.

"Then as we continued to count the money that was in the other kettles, we pulled out two more $20, 1880 coins, also wrapped in $2 bills," Taylor said. "Then, later in the evening, in a plastic container, we pulled out the Krugerrand."

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Local & Regional
3:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Mayor Presents Streets, Traffic Portions of Public Safety Proposal

Credit City of Tulsa

Mayor Bartlett presented the streets and traffic portions of his public safety proposal to city councilors today.

Streets and Stormwater Director Roy Teeters said it’s clear how those areas tie in with public safety.

"All the traffic — potential accidents caused from trying to dodge potholes and also pay attention to the red light," Teeters said. "Is it yellow and it's fixing to turn red? And I've got to dodge this pothole and make it through that intersection."

Tulsa has nearly 4,400 lane miles of streets and not many workers to maintain them.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Commissioners Pass Jail Agreement Amendment

Credit Tulsa County

Tulsa County commissioners approve an amendment to their jail agreement with the city.

Commissioner Ron Peters said it’s an extension of the existing agreement, which expired Oct. 31.

"To ensure that the City of Tulsa receives uninterrupted service at the jail and while simultaneously protecting the county, which is currently accepting prisoners without an agreement, we are retroactively extending the agreement to Nov. 1," Peters said.

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Local & Regional
2:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

TPS Bond Proposal Heavy on Capital Funding

Tulsans will vote on a Tulsa Public Schools bond package March 3 after the school board unanimously approved the district’s proposal.

TPS spokesman Chris Payne says it’s heavy on capital funding.

"We do have the district on a 20-year capital improvement plan, and what we do is over time, we are able to address all of the building needs," Payne said. "If you look at this bond, there really is something for every school."

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Local & Regional
12:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tulsa County Jail Fee Issue Still Not Settled

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa County’s board of commissioners deferred voting today on a resolution to set jail fees for municipal inmates.

Commissioners also skipped agreements with Jenks and Tulsa because they named only the criminal justice authority, not the board of county commissioners. Commissioner John Smaligo said his concern with the agreements was they did not include the Board of County Commissioners.

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