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
2:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

9-1-1 Center Working to Improve Performance, Retention

Credit Tulsa Police-Facebook

Tulsa 9-1-1 call takers aren’t meeting standards so far this year.

The national standard is for 90 percent of calls to be answered within 10 seconds. In January, 87 percent of Tulsa 9-1-1 calls were answered within 10 seconds. Last month, 74 percent were.

Director Terry O’Malley told city councilors more people are calling the 9-1-1 center.

"We've gone from 52,000 in 2002 to 92,000," O'Malley said. "And you know how many calls we took in June?"

Call takers answered 118,718 calls in June.

Read more
Local & Regional
1:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman talks about his "Classrooms First" education plan Thursday after being introduced by state Rep. Eric Proctor (left).
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."

There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013. ​

Read more
Local & Regional
3:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

TPS Administrators Visit Reading Classes Ahead of Assessments

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard (right) and Chief Academic Officer Tracy Bayles look in on students Wednesday in Bridgette Mangrum's summer reading academy class.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools administrators visited third-grade reading remediation classes today ahead of assessments this week.

Students who didn’t pass state tests in May are in groups of 15 to 25 in 22 classrooms throughout the district. Marion Munchinski normally teaches third grade at Cooper Elementary, but she’s at Disney leading a summer reading academy class. She said the curriculum is largely the same — there’s just more of it.

Read more
Local & Regional
4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tulsa Mail Sorting Facility on USPS Consolidation List

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa’s mail sorting facility is on the chopping block again as the U.S. Postal Service resumes a consolidation plan.

Tulsa Postal Workers Union President Charley Mose said the problem is a federal law passed in 2006 requiring the postal service to fund retiree health care well in advance.

"They gave us 10 years to fund that for 75 years in advance," Mose said. "We're paying approximately $5.5 billion a year to fund that. Other than that, we've made a profit every year."

Read more
Local & Regional
4:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tulsa County DA's Office Confirms Campbell as Sexual Assault Suspect

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris (center) speaks Tuesday at a news conference announcing the filing of a court document that outlines evidence against Desmond Campbell. Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler (left) and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan (right) also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Tulsa County District Attorney's office filed an affidavit Tuesday outlining the evidence against the man identified as the suspect in a string of sexual assaults.

Desmond Campbell died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in a car crash. Tulsa Police said last week he was their suspect in seven attacks from June 5 to June 29.

"We believe the Tulsa community has a right to know the information upon which the Tulsa Police Department identified Mr. Campbell as their suspect," District Attorney Tim Harris said at a news conference. 

Read more
Local & Regional
3:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

TYPros Looks for Public Vote on Parking Contest

Team B.A.M.

Tulsa's Young Professionals has opened voting on projects to redevelop downtown parking to the public.

TYPros' Street CReD event focused on making south downtown a walkable, enjoyable place, and this contest is a continuation of that. Chair Isaac Rocha said it's another way to get people thinking about an area that could be more than parking lots.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Serial Rape Suspect in Custody

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Tulsa police say they have their man in a string of rapes and sexual assaults committed over the last month.

"The person charged is Desmond L. Campbell. He's an African-American male, light-skinned, 30 years of age," Chief Chuck Jordan said at a news conference this afternoon. "He has prior convictions in Oklahoma City for attempted robbery, attempted kidnapping and robbery, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

"He was released from prison on April 21 of this year."

Read more
Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Stats Say Downtown is Safer Than Most Tulsans Realize

Citizens wait for Tulsa Police Department's downtown safety seminar to begin Wednesday afternoon.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Police statistics show crime isn’t a big problem in downtown Tulsa.

There have been 25,000–30,000 part one crimes in Tulsa each year since 2009. Those are murders, robberies, rapes, assaults, burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts. Only 500—600 have been downtown, two-thirds of them larcenies.

Community Education Officer Demita Kinard with the Tulsa Police Department said there’s one big reason for that.

"Well, we see more larceny crimes in downtown Tulsa because we have the big Home Depot," Kinard said. "We've seen a lot of larcenies coming out of Home Depot."

Read more
Local & Regional
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

North Tulsa Has Little Time to Deal With Gateway Market Closing

Gateway Market at Pine and Peoria will close by the end of July. It is north Tulsa's biggest grocery store.
Credit John Durkee / KWGS

It was no secret to City Councilor Jack Henderson or his district one constituents that Antonio Perez was struggling to keep Gateway Market open.

“Six months ago his shelves were almost empty and, you know, he was having a time," Henderson said. "And he says, ‘Well, I’m going to go ahead and restock everything. We’re going to start new. We’re going to cut back on some staff.

"'We’re going to do this, we’re going to do that. We’re going to institute some other procedures to get a handle on things walking away.’ And, you know — he did all that.”

But it wasn’t enough.

Read more
Local & Regional
3:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Low Vaccination Rate Concerns Tulsa Health Officials

Credit File Photo

Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in the U.S., and that has Tulsa health officials encouraging people to catch up on immunizations.

Two out of every five pertussis cases in Oklahoma last year were in Tulsa County. Tulsa Health Department immunization program manager Becky Grubb said not nearly enough people are up-to-date.

"Overall rates for all age groups are about 70 percent," Grubb said. "Anything below 90 percent our population as a whole is at risk for outbreaks."

Along with pertussis, measles is a vaccine-preventable disease making a comeback.

Read more

Pages