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
3:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Israeli Ambassador Challenges View of Palestine Conflict in Tulsa Visit

Ambassador Ido Aharoni visited the University of Tulsa Monday. In this 2011 photo, he's pictured at an engagement in New Jersey.
Credit Tim Larsen / New Jersey Governor's Office

An Israeli ambassador to the United States challenged a widely held view of the country's conflict with Palestine at a lecture in Tulsa.

Ido Aharoni calls the difference between the nations' conflict and the world's view of it "wildly unreasonable," adding the conflict affects maybe 2 percent of his daily routine while in Israel. 

He said the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the source of unrest in the Middle East is wrong.

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Local & Regional
3:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Company Bidding for Sooner Sub Will Consider Passenger Service

The state department of transportation has narrowed down bids for the Sooner Sub rail line to two companies, and at least one will consider allowing passenger rail service.

ODOT has selected BNSF Railway and Stillwater Central Railroad/Watco Companies for further negotiations on the 97.5-mile line. Jeff Van Schaick with Watco attended Tulsa's rail advisory committee meeting on Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
2:29 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Downtown Condo Project Officially Underway

(From left) Tulsa Development Authority Chairman Julius Pegues, Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal, Yvonne Hovell, Mayor Dewey Bartlett, state Sen. Jabar Shumate and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith toss shovelfuls of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for Urban 8, a condo development in downtown Tulsa's East Village area.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A residential project in downtown Tulsa's East Village delayed by permit and financing problems is now officially underway.

Local officials and developers broke ground this morning on Urban 8, a condo project offering a chance at individual ownership in downtown Tulsa.

Developer Yvonne Hovell said the units will be energy efficient and highly customizable.

"Each townhome can truly become someone's custom idea and home, offering customized cabinets, floors, countertops, bathroom fixtures and plumbing," Hovell said.

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Local & Regional
2:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

TPD Wants to Regulate Second Hand Stores

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Tulsa Police want to expand the law regulating pawn shops, metal recyclers and jewelry buyers to cover second hand stores.

Sgt. Shellie Sibert said second hand stores are probably the city's most significant market for stolen property.

"Because it's so diverse, when you talk about second hand stores," Sibert said. "I mean, you have electronics, you have sporting goods, you have musical instruments. You have a variety of markets."

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Local & Regional
7:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Arkansas River Projects Take Small Funding Hit

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Arkansas River corridor projects saw a small setback with the recent denial of a federal funding request. 

Officials in communities along the river learned today in a meeting of Tulsa's river development task force that the Army Corps of Engineers won't get $330,000 to help plan a low-water dam in Sand Springs. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith said local support for development, however,  is still strong. 

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Local & Regional
5:50 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

American Eagle, Spartan College Announce Pilot Pipeline

Spartan College President and CEO Peter Harris (foreground, left) shakes hands Wednesday with American Eagle Director of Pilot Recruitment Nick Brice after the men signed agreements for the pilot pipeline program. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett (background, left) and Justin McLauglin, Tulsa Regional Chamber's senior vice president of economic development, were among the local officials in attendance.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa-based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announced a partnership today with regional carrier American Eagle Airlines.  

College president and CEO Peter Harris said the new pilot pipeline program gives students a better shot at a job and gives the airline the pilots it needs.

"The pilot pipeline program means that Spartan can do what we do best, which is to recruit, and train, and retain pilots as a workforce pipeline for the American Eagle network and for one of Tulsa's largest employers," Harris said.

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Local & Regional
12:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Rogers County Veterans Court Reaches First Anniversary

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Rogers County marked one year today for its veterans court program, the third-largest in Oklahoma.

Modeled after Tulsa County Veterans Court, which launched in 2008, the program is helping 15 veterans beat addictions and stay out of jail.

Kassi Jones is among the veterans currently in the program. She suffered an injury serving in the Army from 2003 to 2007 and needed her right hip replaced.

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Local & Regional
3:04 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

More Schools Cancel Classes for March Rally at the Capitol

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Three more area school districts plan to rally for more funding at the capitol next month.

Bixby, Sapulpa and Broken Arrow's school boards voted unanimously to cancel classes March 31 so teachers and students can go to the rally.

They join Tulsa Public Schools in canceling classes that day.

Ryan Owens, executive director of the United Suburban Schools Association said funding is down $200 million from five years ago and that needs to be corrected.

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Old Pipes, Harsh Winter Mean Water Line Breaks

A city crew prepares to start fixing a broken water line in front of Kendall-Whittier Elementary Monday afternoon. The six-inch line is one of 89 to break in the last four days.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A cold, dry winter has meant more water line breaks than usual in Tulsa, but outdated pipes are partly to blame.

Tulsa has about 2,300 miles of pipes in its water distribution system, and about 1,000 miles of those pipes are made of cast iron. Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards said that's part of the problem.

"The pipes that we're replacing, most of them are cast iron pipes. We haven't put cast iron pipes in the ground for probably over 30 years," Edwards said. "Ever since I've been here, we've put in duct iron pipe and a lot of PVC pipe."

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Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Tulsa Police Enter Into Agreement With Cherokee Nation

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Tulsa Police Department becomes the 25th local law enforcement agency in Oklahoma to enter into an agreement with Cherokee Nation for mutual assistance.

TPD Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said the arrangement is beneficial to both agencies.

"It just gives us firm legal standing that, if they ask for our help, we can assist them and vice versa," Larsen said. "If we're on a street that's touching their property, we could say, 'Hey, could you come out and help us?' like with a drunk driver. They can come out, and they're on firm legal grounds being there assisting us."

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