Matt Trotter


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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Governor Mary Fallin wants the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to kill its contracts with Planned Parenthood over alleged billing errors.

Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said after national controversy earlier this year over Planned Parenthood funding, the governor directed OHCA to review the organization’s financial operations.

"They turned in a report which showed a pretty high rate of billing errors: 14 percent at one, 20 percent at the other," McNutt said. "So, the governor is now asking the board to consider terminating those contracts."

Oklahoma Watch

The City of Tulsa has some room to increase the local sales tax for public safety funding.

According to a report given to city councilors, Tulsa's combined sales tax rate is six-tenths of a percent below the area's average and five-tenths below its median. Council Policy Administrator Jack Blair said that would make a big difference.

"So, if our sales tax rate were at the average of these communities, that would translate to an additional $48 million annually," Blair said. "If we were at the median, that would be $37 million."

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The Tulsa Regional Chamber announces nearly 300 new jobs are coming to Tulsa.

That’s a combined number from a handful of companies in industries targeted by the Tulsa’s Future program.  The industries it targets are energy, aerospace and aviation, healthcare, transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and professional services and regional headquarters.

A chamber economist estimates the jobs will support an estimated 738 additional jobs in the area and a total income of more than $90 million.

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Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has backed off a position that Syrian refugees should never have been allowed into the U.S. to begin with.

Bartlett posted that Monday on Facebook, but a letter he sent to President Obama yesterday asked for vetting procedures to be improved and said Tulsans are ready to be of service.

"What we're looking at is the safety of our city and certainly not trying to draw a red line between us and refugees or anyone coming to Tulsa," Bartlett said.


D, D+, D+ — those are grades from the American Society of Civil Engineers for Oklahoma’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

The ASCE is watching Washington this week in hopes a House and Senate committee passes a long-term transportation funding bill to start improving those grades. Former ASCE President Andy Herrmann said bad roads are making drivers nationwide pay for extra repairs and maintenance.

"It’s about $516 per year, per motorist, but in Oklahoma, that goes up to $626 per year from driving on roads in need of repair," Herrmann said.

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A study of the Tulsa Fire Department’s staffing needs is behind schedule, and that may delay a spring sales tax election.

A consultant still hasn’t been chosen to study the department’s staffing needs and relationship with EMSA for medical response. Councilors want to have potential Vision, public safety and river proposals ready next month.

City Manager Jim Twombly said the study may not be done until January.

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The City of Tulsa recognized two employees Monday for outstanding service to the community.

Engineer Lisa Simpson oversees a traffic design group. She was recognized for creating additional handicapped parking near the Philtower building.

She’s part of a group currently working to reduce copper theft by installing theft-proof bases and mechanisms that limit the amount of wire that can be pulled at once.

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum filed paperwork today formalizing his campaign for mayor after a weekend announcement on social media he would run for the office next year.

"The city's ready to be unified and to focus on big goals that will make us more nationally competitive, and the best place to do that from is in the mayor's office," Bynum said in an interview Monday.

Whether he’ll be running against Mayor Dewey Bartlett is unclear. Bartlett hasn’t yet decided if he’ll seek re-election and said he’ll do so when it’s appropriate.

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Tulsa science, technology, engineering and math education experts were part of a national discussion held Thursday at the White House.

Tulsa Public Schools STEM Coordinator Julie Hasfjord said Tulsa was held up as an example of collaboration in education.

"The businesses have really stood up and supported everything that's going on in STEM," Hasfjord said. "So, for funding, for partners, for providing mentors."


A wild off-road bicycle race coming to Tulsa next weekend now has its course plan.

Tulsa Tough is behind the cyclocross event Cyntergy Hurtland. They let U.S. champ Jeremy Powers design the course after a walkthrough of Owen Park.

Powers drew a lot of inspiration from courses in Europe, which throw a lot of obstacles at riders.

"He wanted to design a course that would not only be physically challenging but would test the limits of the cyclists' skill sets," McCollam said.