Matt Trotter


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.

Ways to Connect

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A mayor’s advisory committee and Tulsa Public Schools team up to build relationships between students and police.

State Sen. Kevin Matthews said it’s a good chance for the students and officers to start seeing each other as real people.

"The deputy chief, just in the back, we go to church together, so I see him as a church member," Matthews said. "And so, I believe the goal today — and what we support — is these type of positive relations."

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There’s a little less fall color on the trees and a lot more on the ground in Tulsa after winds hit 50 miles per hour on Wednesday.

A lot of people are faced with a big cleanup job, but there's a wrong way to do it.

"The one thing we don't want them to do is bag them up and send them to the landfill," said horticulturist David Hillock with OSU. "But they have other options, mostly mulching and composting them."

You can still start a compost pile now if you don’t have one already.


The Oklahoma Democratic Party brings three ethics complaints against Gov. Mary Fallin.

Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons said Fallin misused her authority when she allegedly intervened in a Medical Examiners Board adjudication of a Tulsa surgeon at the behest of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"The governor said that she didn’t really intervene. She just wanted the board to do its job," Hammons said. "But you know what, if you want the board to do its job, you pick up the phone. You don’t send your legal staff down for a closed-door meeting with the board."

The Children's Society

Governor Mary Fallin and the Department of Human Services announce a new initiative to bolster Oklahoma’s ranks of foster families.

DHS Director Ed Lake said they have an ambitious goal with the Oklahoma Fosters initiative: recruit 1,000 new families by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

"And I want to assure you, this isn't just to meet our goals in the Pinnacle Plan," Lake said. "This is the right way to serve children who are abused and neglected and can't go home."

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Oklahoma’s uninsured rate has crept lower under the Affordable Care Act, but it remains among the highest in the nation.

Just four states have higher uninsured rates than Oklahoma’s 15.36 percent. That’s down from 2010, but still above the national average of 11.7 percent. WalletHub used Census Bureau data to analyze uninsured rates, and analyst Jill Gonzalez said there’s a marked difference between states that expanded Medicaid and those that did not.

Tulsa Transit

Four rapid bus transit routes, much nicer bus stops and buses, more evening service — a transit task force says Tulsa can have all that and more for a two-tenths of a penny sales tax.

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Former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz goes on trial for two misdemeanor charges Jan. 20.

Prosecutors led by District 11 District Attorney Kevin Buchanan formally filed those charges today, nearly six weeks after a grand jury issued indictments for them.

"We just dismissed the indictments and filed the informations. They’re identical. There’s no difference," Buchanan said.

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There’s a water in the river vote tomorrow — in Bixby.

Bixby is one of two communities holding sales tax renewal votes tomorrow, including its portion of the expiring Vision sales tax. Broken Arrow is the other.

Bixby proposes using three-tenths of its Vision renewal for Arkansas River projects. Mayor John Easton said they plan to dredge the channel to deepen the river.

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Warning: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

Sand Springs Police have released video from a head-on crash Saturday that totaled an officer’s vehicle as he fired at the oncoming suspect.

A nonprofit will help kids getting too old for Oklahoma’s foster care system.

About 300 foster kids each year turn 18 without being adopted or reunited with their families, and the Department of Human Services doesn’t have the resources to help them transition to life as adults.

DHS will contribute almost $13 million over the next five years to help nonprofit Youth Villages offer a life-skills program statewide. Private funding, including nearly $5 million from the Arnall Family Foundation, is making up 36 percent of the cost for YVLifeSet.