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
1:24 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Events to Showcase Route 66

City Councilor Jeanne Cue (at podium) announces Memorial Day weekend events planned along Route 66.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

City councilors and Route 66 boosters announce a slate of events for Memorial Day weekend.

The inaugural Route 66 Patriot Car Show is May 23, and it starts with a cruise along the historic road from East Central High to Crystal City Shopping Center on Southwest Boulevard.

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Local & Regional
3:36 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Coalition Asks Governor for Injection Well Moratorium

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Representatives of several diverse groups delivered a petition to the governor’s office today asking for a moratorium on injection wells in Oklahoma.

"If we can shut those down for a time period specified, that should show us that the earthquakes will subside, and we'll have fewer and less influenced earthquakes," said Barbara VanHanken with Clean Energy Future Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Group Opposing Turkey Mountain–Area Development Gets Nonprofit Status

Credit TUWC

A group working to preserve Turkey Mountain has been designated a nonprofit by the IRS.

The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition has set up an account with the Tulsa Community Foundation expressly for tax-deductible donations toward land purchases.

"The best way to preserve the urban wilderness is to purchase it and take it out of play, to put it in a conservation trust to where it won't be at risk for development in the future," said Erin Tawney, TUWC's secretary.

Tawney said if land being eyed for an outlet mall becomes available, they want to be ready to jump on it.

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

City of Tulsa Eyeing Better-Than-Expected Revenue for FY 2015

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Ten months into the 2015 fiscal year, the City of Tulsa’s budget is looking better than expected.

In an update to the city council, Finance Director Mike Kier said with two months to go, revenue is ahead of what they anticipated.

"Instead of $261.4 million — in round numbers — we'll be at $265.3 million, pretty close to a $4 million better revenue position than originally anticipated, much of that coming off the sales tax side," Kier said.

Expenditures are up $2 million, however, partly for increases to city pay scales.

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

With Some Changes, Dam Costs Down 22 Percent

After an original estimate of $316 million, consulting firm CH2M Hill told Tulsa's river task force its estimate was down to $235 million after some revisions.
Credit CH2M Hill

Tulsa’s river task force whittles the cost for four low-water dams down to $235 million.

The original estimate given last week was $316 million. It came down after some design modifications — Bixby’s curved dam may be straightened and new bedrock samples show it can be shorter — and removing $65 million dollars in public access and recreational improvements.

Consultant Murry Fleming said not all of those can be cut, though.

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Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

City Leaders Celebrate 25 Years of Council-Mayor Government

It’s been 25 years since Tulsa adopted the council-mayor form of government.

"The city council has so matured, grown and educated itself over these years, and so it's nice to see — on the occasion of the 25th — that we have one of the best city councils that we have ever had," said former Mayor Rodger Randle.

Voters approved the change on Feb. 14, 1989, and the first city council was sworn in May 8, 1990. Randle was the first mayor under that system. He declines to take credit for the change.

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Local & Regional
4:07 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Civilianization of TPD Jobs Could Save $500,000 a Year

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The Tulsa Police Department identified 17 positions that could be filled by civilians to save $500,000 a year.

Chief Chuck Jordan told the city council budget committee the positions are three equipment officers, a Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training liaison, two property room staff, two researchers, two crime analysts, a Web manager, three telephone report officers, a court liaison and a public information officer.

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

College Savings Plan Giving Away Contributions in Sweepstakes

The "Think Big! Save for College!" sweepstakes will award more than $4,500 in 529 college savings account contributions to three winners.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Oklahoma College Savings Plan and the Tulsa Zoo want you to think big and save for college.

The organizations partnered for a sweepstakes that will give three winners contributions toward an account and a zoo keeper visit in their classrooms. State Treasurer Ken Miller says the sweepstakes is meant to make families aware of the college savings program.

"We have one of the best programs in the country, but if nobody knows about it, they really can't sign up for it," Miller said.

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Local & Regional
4:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Land Swap Could Get East Tulsa Park off Surplus List

Tulsa Public Schools has proposed trading property it owns next to Hinch Park in east Tulsa for Clinton Park, which is next to Celia Clinton Elementary. The swap would add 10 acres to Hinch, and the park would likely come off the surplus property list.
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A proposed land swap with Tulsa Public Schools may take an east Tulsa park off the surplus property list.

TPS wants to trade district land next to Hinch Park for Chittom Park — also known as Clinton Park — which is behind Celia Clinton Elementary. The parcels proposed for trade are both roughly 10 acres.

City Real Estate Manager Michelle Lester said acquiring the TPS land makes Hinch a better asset.

"Instead of a 5-acre, landlocked parcel, we would have a 15-acre parcel with access to a public road," Lester said.

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Local & Regional
3:41 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

State Senate Runner-Up Sets Her Sights on House Seat

Regina Goodwin announces she's running for Oklahoma's District 73 House seat Tuesday at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The seat was vacated by Kevin Williams, who bested Goodwin in last month's special Senate election.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Last month’s runner up in a special state Senate election is running for a vacant House seat.

"We are here saying, 'You, me, the power of we — still standing for right,'" said Regina Goodwin at her campaign announcement today. "And we've got to run. And we, again, are going to leave it up to the people, and we're going to see what the people have to say as it relates to Tulsa, Okla., and District 73."

Goodwin lost by 302 votes to then-Rep. Kevin Matthews and is now among six candidates for his former office. Goodwin is encouraging young voters to get involved.

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