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
2:46 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Ordinance Protecting LGBT Community From Housing Discrimination Advances

The City of Tulsa moves forward with an ordinance amendment to add gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes when it comes to housing discrimination.

The ordinance was discussed in a committee meeting and given a first reading during the council meeting yesterday evening.

"It's sad to me that we have to declare these different classes of protected citizens against discrimination instead of just allowing basic human decency and common sense to prevail," said Councilor Blake Ewing, who proposed the change. "But we do. Because some people are jerks."

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Small Business Administration Office Open to Help March Storm Victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened a temporary office at 110 E Broadway in Sand Springs.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The U.S. Small Business Administration is open in Sand Springs for disaster loan applications.

SBA spokesman Kevin Wynne said homeowners, renters and businesses can apply for low-interest loans with no closing costs or upfront fees to repair storm damage.

"It's available for folks in Tulsa County and all the contiguous counties that touch Tulsa," Wynne said. "So, Sand Springs area and all the contiguous counties because SBA recognizes that contiguous counties also had an impact from the disaster that occurred on March 25."

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Local & Regional
3:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Sand Springs Receives $2M More for River City Park Renovations

Veterinarian James Rankin (left), Mayor Mike Burdge, City Manager Elizabeth Gray, Pat Case, Mike Case and Vice Mayor Brian Jackson pose with a check for the Cases' $2 million donation toward River City Park improvements.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

After receiving surplus Vision funds earlier this year, Sand Springs gets a private donation to renovate River City Park.

Case & Associates CEO Mike Case donated $2 million toward renovations. Case said he wants to make the park something extraordinary.

"Not just a city park with grass and trees, but splash pads and event centers and new restrooms and boulevard  signage — something that makes it special," Case said. "It's a special city, and we want to help make the park special as well."

Mayor Mike Burdge said this is how it used to be.

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Local & Regional
5:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tulsa Zoo Sets March Attendance Record

March was a big month at the Tulsa Zoo.

The zoo had its highest March attendance in its 87-year history, with 91,891 people visiting.

Zoo staff think the dinosaur exhibit Zoorassic Park 2 and the new rhino exhibit brought a lot of people in. Community Relations Manager Sarah Floyd said they're still working on the rhino exhibit.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

ODOT to Develop Its Own Earthquake Response Guidelines

Credit NPR

After a huge uptick in seismic activity, Oklahoma will develop its own guidelines to inspect highways and bridges after earthquakes.

The state’s transportation commission decided this week now is the time to figure out how to respond after an earthquake. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation currently doesn’t have its own guidelines for inspecting bridges and highways after an earthquake and is loosely following California's.

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Local & Regional
3:12 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

TPD Officers Enter Last Phase of EMT Training

Nine Tulsa Police officers will have this view in the next few weeks as they complete the clinical portion of an EMT training program through Tulsa Community College.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Several Tulsa Police officers have started the last phase of training to become certified emergency medical technicians.

It won’t be the first time these officers respond to a call running lights and sirens, but now they’re doing it to apply what they’ve learned in a Tulsa Community College classroom since January. Instructor Leaugeay Barnes said the nine officers knew what they were signing up for.

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Local & Regional
4:30 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

State Transportation Commission Green Lights Work on Highway 169

Credit KWGS News File photo

More road work is coming to Tulsa.

Eight deficient bridges will be replaced and a mile of the road widened along Highway 169, starting at 56th Street North. Kenna Carmon with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said work will likely begin late summer, but drivers should start planning now.

"They might identify some alternate routes or just plan around it," Carmon said. "You might have to plan not only extra travel time, but maybe adjusting your morning or evening drive to try to get around this construction."

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Local & Regional
3:10 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

ConocoPhillips to Lay Off Bartlesville Employees

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More layoffs are coming as gas and oil prices remain low, this time for one of the world’s biggest energy companies.

ConocoPhillips is trimming its Bartlesville workforce. It employs more than 2,000 people in the city that used to be its headquarters.

The layoffs are happening nationwide in anticipation of an extended period of low energy prices. The company is the latest with northeastern Oklahoma ties to announce layoffs, joining Baker Hughes and Helmerich and Payne, among others.

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Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Young Teachers Share What it Will Take for Them to Stay in Oklahoma

For the second year in a row, thousands of Oklahoma teachers went to the state capitol to rally for public education. Administrators have painted a dire picture of the state’s education system: Teachers are leaving the state or leaving the profession.

Two young Tulsa high-school teachers shared how they got here and what it will take for them to stay.

In an 11th grade U.S. history class on the third floor of Nathan Hale High School, the students are working on a civil rights timeline. Their teacher isn’t much older than them.

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Local & Regional
10:23 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Domestic Violence Intervention Services Opens New Shelter and Apartments

The new DVIS shelter, named the Hardesty Family Center, has 80 beds. Transitional apartments named Mabee Villas are on the same property.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa’s Domestic Violence Intervention Services opens a new center to house abuse victims.

The 80-bed shelter and 20 apartments have been in the works for nearly a decade. DVIS Director Tracy Lyall said she saw the old shelter as a college student working there part-time in the 1990s.

"If you'd asked me then if I would've come back and seen myself in this role and a part of something so big, I probably would have said no," Lyall said. "But it's really been a dream come true for me, professionally and personally."

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