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
2:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

County Official Working on New Jail Rate Formula

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Tulsa County commissioners may change how the jail’s daily rate is calculated.

Commissioner John Smaligo proposes a formula that would use costs at the county’s largest municipal jail to determine what cities should pay for using the county jail.

"It averages ratios between the City of Broken Arrow and the City of Tulsa, based on the total number of bookings and the overall population," Smaligo said. "And the reason why I chose Broken Arrow is because of the fact that they operate the largest municipal jail in Tulsa County."

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Local & Regional
4:41 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa Transit Targets Raises, Downtown Shuttle

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Tulsa Transit wants to give bus drivers a 4 percent raise and start running a downtown circulator.

General Manager Bill Cartwright said changes to the Lift program are going to save money without reducing service, and those savings will cover most of the raises.

"Internally, we'll be able to generate the funds with our savings to take care of the 3 percent of the 4," Cartwright said. "Our plan calls for 1 percent to come from the City of Tulsa."

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Local & Regional
4:05 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa City Auditor Says Jail Cost Audit Has Several Problems

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Tulsa's city auditor says she has several concerns after reviewing an independent audit of the Tulsa County Jail's daily rate.

Auditor Cathy Criswell identified around $10 million she doesn't believe should count toward the daily rate calculation. 

Mayor Dewey Bartlett plans to take Criswell's findings to county commissioners. He said one issue is $2.2 million in jail depreciation costs were included in the rate calculation, but the county owns the building, not the criminal justice authority.

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Local & Regional
3:53 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa Has a Few Gaps in Tornado Siren Coverage

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The head of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency says there's a priority list of areas needing tornado sirens. 

Agency director Roger Jolliff told city councilors one place on the list is the intersection of 51st Street and Garnett Road.

"While there's not a lot of residences, it's a high-usage area that people are out in the daytime, they're working, they're moving about," Jolliff said. "Again, this is an outdoor warning system, so we need to be conscious of people who are out and about."

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Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Public Safety Funding Vote Likely After River, Economic Development Measures

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Tulsa city councilors seem to be in agreement that river funding and economic development should go to voters this year, while a public safety tax should wait until next year.

Councilor David Patrick said they need to garner support for these proposals individually.

"I initially liked the idea of putting it all in one election, getting it over with and, you know, trying to pass the whole enchilada," Patrick said. "But, you know, that really is complicated, and so it probably makes sense to have two elections."

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Local & Regional
4:38 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Tulsa Police, Fire, 911 Departments Remain Understaffed

The city council budget committee asked Tulsa's public safety officials about their staffing levels Thursday, and each department is under authorized strength.

Fire Chief Ray Driskell said he's losing about two firefighters a month.

"But if we have anything that changes within the pension system, because of the people that come on in the early '80s and late '80s, we could have any number of people leave," Driskell said. "I mean, we could have 50, 60, 70 people leave because they've met their 20-year pension timeline."

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Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Task Force Gets Idea for Dam Trust Structure

Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin presented an organizational structure Thursday for a dam trust to the river task force.
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Tulsa's river task force hears an idea for structuring the trust that would oversee a series of low-water dams in the Arkansas River.

City Councilor Phil Lakin proposes an 11-member authority with an endowment group supporting it. Setting up an authority supported by an endowment would allow the trust to receive private donations.

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Local & Regional
4:23 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Major Horse Show Extends Its Stay in Tulsa

Breeder's Invitational Executive Director Bob O'Bannon speaks at news conference announcing the organization extended its contract with Expo Square through 2018.
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The Breeder’s Invitational horse show extends its agreement with Expo Square by three years.

Currently in its seventh year at Expo Square, the invitational promotes cutting, an even where a horse and rider separate a single animal from a herd of cattle. Executive Director Bob O’Bannon said the fairgrounds have been a good home so far.

"Those guys over there that run this place make it easy for me," O'Bannon said. "I just love it. I hope we're here for real, real, real long time. And 10 years is not impossible."

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Local & Regional
4:12 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Coalition Rallies to Demand Change in Oklahoma Law Enforcement

The United League for Social Action — or TULSA — hosted a rally Wednesday outside the Tulsa County Courthouse. They called for Sheriff Stanley Glanz to resign immediately, among other things.
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The United League for Social Action — or TULSA — calls for change in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies across the state.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz’s resignation is one thing the group is calling for. More than 100 people attended a rally outside the Tulsa County Courthouse, where TULSA leaders also called for a Department of Justice investigation of Eric Harris’ death.

Rev. Gerald Davis said he’d accept it if the DOJ found no wrongdoing.

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Local & Regional
5:02 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Ozone Alert Begins 25th Season in Tulsa Region

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The days are longer, the weather is warmer — it’s ozone season again.

Tulsa’s Ozone Alert is in its 25th season. Tom Byers with Magellan Midstream said it’s time to do all those things that help reduce ground-level ozone pollution.

"Breathing in ground-level ozone is a little bit like sunburning your lungs," Byers said. "It can also cause problems with asthma for children. In fact, we've heard children say sometimes on a high ozone level day it feels like they have an elephant sitting on their chest."

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