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
3:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Budget Cuts Jeopardize Juvenile Offender Program

Credit Youth Services of Tulsa

A program that’s processed more than 6,000 juvenile offenders since 2010 will likely close March 1 when it runs out of money.

"We're short about $111,000 of funding," said Jim Walker, executive director of Youth Services of Tulsa, which runs the Community Intervention Center. "We have talked with the county and the city and the state and have not found that any additional funds are available for us this year."

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Local & Regional
11:55 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Broken Arrow Police Start Carrying Overdose Kits

Credit BA Police-Facebook

Broken Arrow Police Department becomes the latest area law enforcement agency to give officers kits to counteract drug overdoses.

Cpl. Leon Calhoun said officers trained this week on administering Naloxone.

"There are PowerPoints, a video, and then we actually have to do some administration — that we actually can apply the kit correctly prior to use," Calhoun said. "So it's not a real lengthy training, but it's in-depth enough that we can ... be confident in our abilities to use it out in the field."

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Tulsa's Friday Morning News

This morning in Tulsa:

  • City and county leaders continue battling over jail fees.
  • Tulsa will host a summit to deal with rising domestic violence rates.
  • City councilors weigh not building a proposed fire station in east Tulsa.   
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Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Task Force Debates Nixing Proposed East Tulsa Fire Station

Credit KWGS News File photo

Tulsa city councilors toy with the idea of not building a new fire station in east Tulsa.

Councilors on the public safety task force will look at sharing Broken Arrow’s station nearby. Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell said the proposed station is paid for, and sharing is not a permanent solution.

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Local & Regional
12:39 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Recycle Those Campaign Signs the Right Way

The M.e.t. has collected nearly 10,000 total campaign signs for recycling after two previous elections.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Now that the election is over, it’s time to get rid of all those campaign signs.

Metropolitan Environmental Trust Director Michael Patton said don’t put them in your recycling cart, though.

"The metal wires really mess up the automated sorting equipment, so clearly, do not put them in the blue bins," Patton said. "You can bring them to any of the M.e.t. centers, we're open seven days a week. We recycle the paper, the plastic and the metal."

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Local & Regional
5:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Traffic Information Boards Coming to Tulsa Sooner Than Anticipated

Credit ODOT

An ODOT driver information project years in the making will come to Tulsa sooner than expected.

Spokeswoman Terri Angier said their dynamic messaging boards will come to Tulsa early next year rather than late summer.

"They'll give you a sense of whether there's congestion or not based on the travel times, and it really is able to help drivers to make better choices in terms of it's a huge congestion to be able to get off the highway," Angier said.

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Local & Regional
5:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Contract Approved for $38M Project on I-244 in Tulsa

Coming soon to Tulsa: More road work.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $38 million contract today for work on I-244 from roughly Lewis to Memorial. Transportation department spokeswoman Kenna Carmon said the extensive project may start in just three to four months.

"It will be replacing from the ground up all the concrete for about three miles and also working on two bridges — one over Admiral, and the other one over 73rd," Carmon said.

The work may start soon, but it will take some time.

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Local & Regional
4:54 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Some Prescription Drugs Now Subject to Oklahoma Drug Trafficking Laws

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Certain prescription drugs are now included in Oklahoma’s drug trafficking laws.

State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commissioner Terri White said prescription drug abuse is an epidemic.

"And it's one that we have to get a handle on," White said. "In fact, when we look at our statistics, Tulsa County has the highest rate of prescription drug overdose death of any county in our state, but they have the 18th-highest overdose death rate of any county in the United States.

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Local & Regional
3:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bridenstine Talks Federal Issues Facing Oklahoma at Chamber Forum

Rep. Jim Bridenstine speaks at a Tulsa Regional Chamber forum Friday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Congressman Jim Bridenstine tells Tulsa community and business leaders about upcoming federal issues that may affect Oklahoma.

The military is phasing out the F-16 fighters local Air National Guard pilots fly. Bridenstine said the state needs to consider pitching in funding for a fuel plant to keep the 138th Fighter Wing in the air.

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Local & Regional
3:38 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

City Councilors Split Over "Street Outlaws"

Credit Discovery Channel

City councilors are divided on whether to let a reality TV show about illegal street racing film in Tulsa.

"Street Outlaws" shot an episode under police and fire supervision in July on a closed stretch of Port Road. They’ve applied for a special event permit again, and City Councilor Skip Steele doesn’t want them on city streets.

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