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
2:55 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

New Group Forms to Protect Turkey Mountain

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Proposed development near Turkey Mountain has spurred users to form an advocacy group.

The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition will represent groups of hikers, bikers and others in future development talks.

"It's time for people, for the users to become engaged and to speak up," said TUWC spokesman Tom Neal. "Perhaps we were complacent, we were enjoying what we had and didn't know that there were things at risk."

A proposed outlet mall at Highway 75 and 61st Street was announced last summer. City officials said then it would not impact Turkey Mountain.

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Local & Regional
2:43 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Attorneys Ask for Stay for Inmate Set to Die Thursday

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Oklahoma’s next execution is scheduled for Thursday, but Charles Warner’s attorneys are asking a federal court for a stay.

"The length of the stay would be up to the court," said federal public defender Dale Baich, one of Warner's attorneys. "We are asking that the court give us sufficient time to fully brief the issues that are presented and give us an opportunity to present oral argument."

Baich said Oklahoma’s drug combination is the main issue.

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Local & Regional
3:27 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Iowa Pacific Shares Details on Passenger Rail Trial Run

Passenger rail service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City has been an elusive goal for some time, but it’s about to become a reality.

The state transportation department sold the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line to the Watco Companies last year. Watco said then it would work with Iowa Pacific to offer passenger service on the freight line, and the company has come forward with an idea for six months of trial service.

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Local & Regional
3:17 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Firefighters Take City Councilors on a Field Trip

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Tulsa firefighters take city councilors on a run to show how slow response times can be in east Tulsa.

Councilors were split among Tulsa’s three easternmost fire stations and rode to a mock fire call near the city limits at 31st Street.

Chief Ray Driskell said the drive itself takes up to eight minutes. The national response standard is six.

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Local & Regional
4:50 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Tulsa County DA Swears In Again

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler (left) takes the oath of office Wednesday from Judge Keith Rapp. Kunzweiler's wife, Christine Kunzweiler, watches.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

New Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler took the oath of office Wednesday — for the third time.

Kunzweiler was sworn in Friday afternoon by Judge William Kellough. He took the oath again Monday with the rest of the state’s DA’s at the state capitol. Kunzweiler said taking it in front of friends, family and community leaders was special.

"I think what's really important is for your community to share in that process, so I wanted to do something for all these people who have supported me," Kunzweiler said.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Denver-Based Energy Company Leaving Tulsa This Year

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Oil and gas company SM Energy announces it’s leaving the Mid-Continent region — and Tulsa.

"We've been looking to refocus our asset base into our core basins, which are the Eagle Ford and Bakken program and redeploy the assets that we have into those two main plays," said Investor Relations Manager James Edwards.

The Denver-based company expects its assets in Oklahoma’s Arkoma Basin and the Arklatex area of east Texas and northern Louisiana will sell by the middle of the year.

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Local & Regional
4:33 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Tulsa Parks Department Submits List of Potential Surplus Parks

The City of Tulsa’s parks department presented the parks board a list of 11 parks Tuesday that could be sold.

Parks Director Lucy Dolman said they’re not going up for sale any time soon, however.

"This is a citywide effort with all types of departments that sit in and say, 'Well, the park department may not need this, but storm water management really needs this,' or something like that," Dolman said. "So, I mean, we're just vetting it from all areas to see is this a viable sale or not?"

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Local & Regional
4:24 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

State Legislature Meets for the First Time in 2015

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State Sen. Brian Bingman from Sapulpa was picked to lead the Senate for a third term Tuesday when both houses of the legislature met for the first time in 2015.

Lawmakers certified election results and elected leaders. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb presided over the Senate meeting until Bingman was formally elected.

Speaking to his fellow lawmakers, Bingman said they should focus on economic growth.

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Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

New District Attorney for 12th District Sworn In

Judge Terry McBride administers the oath of office Monday to 12th District, District Attorney Matt Ballard at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Rogers, Mays and Craig counties have a new district attorney.

Matt Ballard was sworn in Monday at the Rogers County Courthouse as the 12th district’s top attorney. He said the district’s judges and defense attorneys can count on his office to get things done.

"Certainly from the district attorney's office, you'll have cooperation and support to do that. I firmly believe that justice delayed is justice denied, and we do try to process cases as quickly as they can be," Ballard said.

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Local & Regional
6:30 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News on the First Friday of 2015

In the news on this first Friday of 2015:

  • Public art is a growing part of Tulsa development plans.
  • A Kansas group will study the lesser prairie chicken.
  • Students at Oklahoma's state universities have some of the lowest debt levels.
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