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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3:27 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

State Sen. Crain Working on Political Stalking Legislation

State Sen. Brian Crain says he is working on legislation for the 2014 session that will make political stalking a misdemeanor.
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State Sen. Brian Crain (R-Tulsa) is drafting legislation that would make political stalking a crime.

Crain plans to file a bill in time for consideration during the 2014 legislative session, which begins in February.

The move comes after an intern with Kathy Taylor's campaign was contacted Nov. 2 by police responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint. The intern admitted he was tracking Mayor Dewey Bartlett's unscheduled movements.

The intern was not cited.

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Local & Regional
2:56 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Taylor Picks Up Christiansen Endorsement

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Seven weeks after saying he would not support Dewey Bartlett but stopping short of offering an endorsement, former mayoral challenger Bill Christiansen has thrown his support behind Kathy Taylor.

"We need someone who will bring this city together in a nonpartisan way," Christiansen said in a press conference at VFW Post 557. "That is why I am here today to announce my support of Kathy Taylor for mayor of Tulsa."

Christiansen got 23 percent of the vote in June's mayoral primary, which narrowed the field down to Taylor and Bartlett.

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Local & Regional
5:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Launches in Tulsa

Oklahoma has the fourth-highest teen birth rate in the United States. The Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will focus on increasing awareness of that and similar statistics in its first year.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A new program aimed at improving Oklahoma's poor ranking for teen births got its start today.

The Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy launched at a luncheon in the downtown Tulsa Hyatt. 

A poll from the organization found just one in four Oklahomans know the state has the fourth-highest teen birth rate in the United States, and the second-highest birth rate among 17- and 18-year-olds.

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Local & Regional
4:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tulsa Public Schools Releases "Deeply Flawed" A-F Grades Early

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard speaks Tuesday at the district's release of its A-F school report card grades. The Oklahoma Board of Education will certify the grades Wednesday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools released its A-F school report card grades today, and more schools are receiving an F than all other grades combined.

The Oklahoma Board of Education should certify the grades in a special meeting Wednesday, but for now, 36 TPS schools are getting F's, 17 schools are getting D's, four schools are getting C's, 10 schools are getting B's and seven schools are getting A's.

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Local & Regional
12:06 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Oklahoma Breweries May Start Offering Free Samples

Eric Marshall holds his 1-year-old daughter while Taylor Owens (left) and Garrick Ritzky (background) tend to their duties at Marshall Brewing Company. Marshall was heavily involved in the push to get a law passed allowing the state's breweries to offer samples.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's Wednesday morning, and Garrick Ritzky has a plastic graduated cylinder in front of him.

"Everything is measured," he said. "Your temperatures have to be spot-on, your volumes have to be spot-on. There's a lot of science behind it all."

Except he's not in a laboratory.

"Today we're brewing Big Jamoke, which is our next seasonal to be released," Ritzky said. "It's a robust porter, so a lot of chocolate, a little roasted undertones, still quite a bit of hops to balance it out, though. A decent amount of alcohol as well, so a good cooler-weather beer."

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Local & Regional
3:29 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Jury Duty Will Change Friday as New Laws Take Effect

Starting Friday, jurors serving at Tulsa County District Court and across the state will have a slightly different oath to swear and more time between jury duty.
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Amendments going into effect Friday to Oklahoma's laws on jurors will change the oath, how it may be sworn and how much time people get off from jury duty.

Tulsa County District Court Administrator Vicki Cox said changes to the oath have been in the works for some time. 

"The oath had some odd language in it about mental status, and the judges had long hoped that, that would get changed," she said.

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Nonstop Service From Tulsa to Orlando Takes Off

Passengers board Allegiant flight 705 from Tulsa International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport Friday.
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Allegiant's first nonstop flight from Tulsa to Orlando took off just before 3 p.m. today.

Planes will fly between Tulsa and Orlando twice a week. The company is offering one-way fares on the route for $59 until Nov. 1, for travel by April 29. 

During the ribbon-cutting event at the gate before passengers boarded, city and airport officials said they're excited to have nonstop service to Tulsans' No. 1 vacation destination.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

TSA Precheck Comes to Tulsa International Airport

TSA's Precheck line at Tulsa International Airport is open to invited frequent fliers on American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Transportation Security Administration's Precheck line at Tulsa International Airport opened today.

Passengers eligible for the line don't have to remove their shoes, belts or light jackets, or take laptops or toiletries out of their bags.

TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon says the agency has moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach in the last few years.

"What we've moved toward is an intelligence risk–based system," she said.

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Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Common Core Standards May Cost Gov. Fallin Votes in Next Year's Gubernatorial Race

A small group of protesters stand outside the Tulsa bagel shop where Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday she will run for re-election in 2014.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Gov. Mary Fallin's support for Common Core State Standards may cost her the votes of more-conservative Republicans when she runs for re-election next year.

A small group of protesters gathered Tuesday morning outside the Tulsa bagel shop where Fallin kicked off her 2014 campaign. While their signs addressed multiple issues, the most common was Fallin's support for the K-12 standards for academic proficiency, coordinated by the National Governors Association, which Fallin chairs.

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Local & Regional
4:10 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Creek Nation's Margaritaville Casino Seen as Key to Water in the River

County and city officials, tribal leaders and business executives stand ready to turn over shovelfuls of dirt Tuesday at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Creek Nation's Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

"Water in the river" has been a mantra among Tulsans for years, and local leaders believe the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's new resort development at River Spirit Casino may make it happen.

Between the second phase of the River Spirit Casino, which will cost $335 million, and A Gathering Place for Tulsa, which has a $200 million price tag for its first phase, investors are pumping more than half a billion dollars into riverside developments.

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