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
12:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Some Building Underway at the Gathering Place

A temporary office building for companies working on the Gathering Place is going up at 31st Street and Boston Place.
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There’s a new building going up at the site of the under-construction Gathering Place.

Project manager Jeff Stava says the temporary office building will have space for Manhattan Construction — the company building the park — and everyone else involved.

"They'll have their procurement people, their site supervision, a lot of their costing and administrative type folks, so there will be a lot of people there," Stava said. "Plus our architects, MVVA, will have an office there, the foundation will have an office, too."

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Local & Regional
12:23 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

City Opens Applications for Downtown Development Loans

Developers looking to build or redevelop property downtown can apply for short-term, no-interest loans from the City of Tulsa.
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Developers eyeing downtown Tulsa can now apply for short-term, no-interest loans from the city.

Downtown Tulsa has come a long way in the last few years, and Planning Director Dawn Warrick said it’s important to continue that momentum.

"A program to incentivize downtown development, to provide that support where often there's a gap in funding, is something that the city felt very strongly about, and it was obviously supported by the voters," Warrick said.

A total of $4 million are available for nearly ready projects.

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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Councilor Suggests Alternating Leadership Spots Between Political Parties

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One Tulsa city councilor wants to know if the chair and vice-chair positions can alternate between political parties.

Councilor Jack Henderson first proposed alternating leadership between Democrats and Republicans at the council inauguration, saying it’s a good idea now that numbers are equal. In a committee meeting, Henderson said while the council is nonpartisan, his proposal reflects some political realities.

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Local & Regional
4:21 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Former Councilor Suggests Jazz Hall of Fame for Train Depot

A former city councilor suggests using a downtown landmark as a passenger rail depot.

Rail committee chair Rick Westcott said the Jazz Hall of Fame is at a great spot, though the city would have to help a school using space there to relocate.

"Use the jazz hall to help the train, use the train to help the jazz hall," Westcott said. "Let them cooperate with each other but not hurt the jazz hall, and also not hurt the school."

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Local & Regional
4:08 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

"Fourth Penny" Sales Tax for Tulsa?

Support for a “fourth penny” sales tax grows — slightly — among Tulsa city councilors.

Jack Henderson is usually the city councilor pushing for a tax increase, often using the catchphrase, “Give me a penny and I’ll do plenty.” Thursday, discussion on Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s public safety funding proposal turned to sales taxes, and it turns out another councilor is seeing things Henderson’s way.

"I personally support an operations budget increase," said Councilor Blake Ewing. "I support a tax increase for operations funding."

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Local & Regional
4:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Mayor Gives Public Safety Task Force Details of His Funding Proposal

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett answers a question from Councilor G.T. Bynum Thursday during his presentation of a public safety funding proposal.
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Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says the department is heading in the wrong direction.

"Just to give us a little perspective, in January of 1994, we had 762 police officers. In January of 2015, we’ll have 755," Jordan said.

That’s one of the problems Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s funding proposal is meant to address. Bartlett says his plan will pay for 70 more cops and 16 more dispatchers, which will cut response time — currently averaging 10 and a half minutes.

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Local & Regional
3:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bixby Stakes Claim as Oklahoma's First Gigabit City

BTC Broadband President Scott Floyd announced Wednesday the company will offer gigabit Internet connection speeds to residences in its service area.
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Bixby will be the first city in Oklahoma to have gigabit Internet connection speeds for residents.

While Google Fiber brought ultra-fast Internet to Provo, Kansas City and Austin, BTC Broadband is offering it to dozens of communities in Bixby, South Tulsa and Jenks. President Scott Floyd said the company has laid cables in practically every development built in the last 10 years.

"Most [residents] in this footprint that have purchased a home that was built during that time will have that fiber-optic technology to their house," Floyd said.

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Local & Regional
5:00 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Jail Operations Fund $1.2M Short for November

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Sales tax collections won’t cover November payroll for Tulsa County jail workers.

The county jail operations fund is more $1.2 million short for November expenditures. Tulsa County Fiscal Officer Tom Gerard told the county budget board today rising costs ate away at a financial cushion over the last four years.

"At this point, we have to look for other sources to either add to the revenue, to bridge the gap, or cut expenditures to be more in line with the revenue," Gerard said.

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Local & Regional
5:16 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

City Councilors Sworn In, Elect 2015 Leaders

Municipal Judge Mitchell McCune (foreground) swears in Tulsa City Councilors Jack Henderson (front), Jeannie Cue, David Patrick, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Connie Dodson, Anna America, Phil Lakin and G.T. Bynum at the Performing Arts Center Monday.
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Tulsa city councilors took the oath of office today in a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center.

There are two new faces on the nine-person council. One of those is District Six Councilor Connie Dodson. She said one of her top priorities will be helping along a planned east Tulsa outlet mall.

"They're wanting to break ground early in the year, and I want to do everything I can to facilitate that," Dodson said. "That will help other economic development in the area continue to grow and prosper."

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Local & Regional
6:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Sutton Center Awaits Bald Eagle's Highly Anticipated Homecoming

The bald eagle referred to as Jackie in this report takes flight during her rehab stint at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center earlier this year.
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The Sutton Center began hatching bald eagle eggs from Florida in Oklahoma nearly 30 years ago. Assistant Director Lena Larsson said today there are around 150 known nests in the state.

"The goal for the recovery was to have at least 10 eagle nests in Oklahoma, so we surpassed that number," Larsson said.

Egg relocation stopped in 1992, but the center is tracking the fifth generation of those eagles. Ryan VanZant has climbed plenty of trees to put transmitters on eagles just before they’re ready to fly.

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