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
4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Close to Opening New Casino and Hotel

Cherokee Nation leaders pose for a photo during a topping out ceremony at their new casino and hotel in Roland, Oklahoma.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation leaders hosted a topping out ceremony Monday for a new hotel and casino complex.

"It's a ritual that we do. We put a cedar tree and the flags and the last piece of steel that goes to the highest point of the building," Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. "We have a ceremony and sign the beam and set that last beam in place."

"They're almost to the point where most of their work's going to be indoors, and a couple more months and ought to have that think whipped out and ready to put 100 more full-time people to work."

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Tulsa Run Looking for 2015 Beneficiaries

The Tulsa Run is around nine months away, but the Tulsa Sports Commission is now accepting applications to be a beneficiary of the run.

The run gives a total of $30,000 to six groups each year.

"The criteria is that you have to be a 501(c)(3), and we want to keep the money primarily in the Tulsa regional area," said race director Heath Aucoin. "We are a Tulsa run, so we want to keep that money where it's staying in the community."

A primary beneficiary receives $25,000, while the other five receive $1,000 each.

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Local & Regional
10:33 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Charles Warner Executed After Short Delay

Credit Department of Corrections

Oklahoma carried out Thursday night its first execution since a troubling one nine months ago in which the inmate seemed to regain consciousness and took 43 minutes to die.

Corrections Director Robert Patton decided to wait until the Supreme Court ruled on Charles Warner's motion for a stay, which was filed Tuesday evening. Prison officials received word it was denied at about 6:20 p.m., which ended up delaying the execution just over an hour.

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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

State Regents' FY 2016 Budget Request: $99M More

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson presented the group's budget request during a legislative agenda tour stop in Tulsa this week.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

State lawmakers will have $300 million less to give to state agencies for fiscal year 2016. But with everyone expected to make further cuts, the state regents for higher education will ask the legislature for nearly $99 million more — a 10 percent boost from last fiscal year to a total of almost $1.1 billion dollars.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tulsa Regional Chamber Inaugurates 2015 Chair

Tulsa Regional Chamber 2015 Chair Alan Armstrong speaks during the chamber's annual meeting Wednesday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Williams CEO Alan Armstrong takes over as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Armstrong began his tenure as chair by telling the story of the Tulsa Commercial Club traveling to Independence, Kansas to lure the Prairie Oil and Gas company to Tulsa. Armstrong said not much has changed in 100 years.

"Skilled, available talent was a necessary link to Tulsa's success in 1914, just as it is today," he said.

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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is asked to weigh in on Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

Charles Warner’s execution is scheduled for tomorrow, but his attorneys are asking for a stay. Attorney Dale Baich said the court last approved a lethal injection protocol in 2008.

"And the changes that have been made over the years are significant and create a substantial risk of harm," Baich said.

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Local & Regional
3:40 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Regents Want More Money, No Guns for State Schools

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson presents the group's legislative agenda for 2015 Tuesday in Tulsa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have their agenda ready for lawmakers.

State schools will ask lawmakers for more money in fiscal year 2016.

"If you look at all the new money requested in the budget — we believe it's a conservative budget — it requests $98 million in new money, about a 9 percent increase, and every dollar is tied to our top initiative in college degree completion," said Chancellor Glen Johnson.

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Local & Regional
4:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

It's Time for Chili Bowl Nationals

Sarah Fisher (left), Bryan Clauson, Kenny Wallace, Tony Stewart and Chili Bowl organizer Emmett Hahn participate in a news conference Monday, the day before the racing event starts.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Chili Bowl Nationals get started Tuesday at Tulsa’s Expo Square.

The annual event is the largest indoor midget car race in the U.S. 2014 champion Bryan Clauson will defend his title.

"It's just a perfect storm if you're a race fan," Clauson said. "You get to see, this year, 320 of the best drivers in the country battle it out on one of the most exciting race tracks in the country."

NASCAR driver and two-time Chili Bowl winner Tony Stewart is in town for the event, which is in its 29th year.

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Local & Regional
4:16 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Judges Deny Inmates' Request for Stays of Executions

Credit Department of Corrections

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denies Oklahoma death-row inmates’ request to stay their executions.

Attorneys for the inmates argued use of the sedative midazolam amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and questioned the qualifications of the state’s expert who testified about the drug.

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Local & Regional
2:55 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

New Group Forms to Protect Turkey Mountain

Credit TUWC

Proposed development near Turkey Mountain has spurred users to form an advocacy group.

The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition will represent groups of hikers, bikers and others in future development talks.

"It's time for people, for the users to become engaged and to speak up," said TUWC spokesman Tom Neal. "Perhaps we were complacent, we were enjoying what we had and didn't know that there were things at risk."

A proposed outlet mall at Highway 75 and 61st Street was announced last summer. City officials said then it would not impact Turkey Mountain.

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