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
1:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Plan to Educate Oklahoma Energy Workers Isn't Concrete, Has Surprises

(From left) Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Chairman Tim Munson, Oklahoma State University Burns Hargis, Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry and Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Robert Sommers participate in a panel discussion on educating the state's future energy workers on Oct. 9 at the Governor's Energy Conference.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

"We have to have a highly skilled, educated workforce to take care of our energy jobs," Gov. Mary Fallin said in her speech opening her third-annual energy conference.

Oklahomans hear these words often. They're not often accompanied by a plan, however, because the problem is complex. But a group of the state's top figures in education sat down at the conference for a panel discussion on the topic.

First, some surprising problems.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Thu October 10, 2013

"Baby Veronica" Case Comes to an End

(From left) Robin Brown, Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo, Dusten Brown and attorney Robert Nigh sit at a press conference announcing Dusten will drop all litigation pending in Oklahoma and Cherokee courts involving his biological daughter, Veronica.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The custody dispute that's lasted for the entirety of Veronica Brown's four-year-old life is officially over.

"As of today, Dusten Brown and Cherokee Nation have jointly moved to dismiss all pending litigation in Oklahoma and in Cherokee courts," said Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo. 

Cherokee Nation will not pursue any further appeals in the case.

Reading from a statement, Nimmo called for adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco to honor an agreement allowing Brown contact with Veronica.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Tulsa Trash Hauler Dedicates Oklahoma's Largest CNG Fueling Station

Blue Energy Fuels President Tom Sewell (left) and NeWSolutions President Jason Kannady (right) hold the ribbon Monday for Mayor Dewey Bartlett to cut at the companies' CNG fueling station dedication.
Matt Trotter KWGS

NeWSolutions, the company contracted by the City of Tulsa for trash and recyclable collection, dedicated Tulsa's newest compressed natural gas fueling station Monday.

The fueling station at 41st Street and Galveston Avenue is a joint effort between NeWSolutions and Blue Energy Fuels. The waste management company's contract with the city requires its trucks to run on CNG.

Unlike the city facility at 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue, this facility — said to be the largest in Oklahoma — is not open to the public.

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Local & Regional
2:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Taylor Unveils Plan to Fight Crime if Elected

(Foreground) Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police President Ron Bartmier speaks Thursday at a press conference announcing the union's endorsement of Kathy Taylor in Tulsa's mayoral election as (background, from left) union spokeswoman Jessica Caswell, former Tulsa police officers Joe Perkins and Rex Berry, and Taylor look on.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

If elected mayor of Tulsa in November, Kathy Taylor has a three-point plan for fighting crime at the ready.

Taylor unveiled her plan Wednesday at a press conference also used to announce her endorsement by the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing city police officers. With its endorsement, Taylor has the backing of both unions representing the city's public safety workers.

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Local & Regional
11:17 am
Wed October 2, 2013

FDIC Fines Peoples Bank $20,000 For Its Lending Practices

Federal regulators say Peoples Bank Tulsa charged Hispanic borrowers higher rates on car loans than similar non-Hispanic borrowers in 2011. The bank must pay a $20,000 fine.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Peoples Bank Tulsa must pay a $20,000 fine to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for discriminatory lending practices.

Regulators say the bank charged Hispanic borrowers higher rates on car loans than similar non-Hispanic borrowers. The filing, made public earlier this week, didn't specify how much higher those rates were.

The FDIC would not comment on the case specifically, saying in an email that enforcement orders "speak for themselves."

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Tulsa State Fair Keeps Health Inspectors Busy

Health department sanitarians will inspect food vendors at the Tulsa State Fair an average of three times over the course of the event, including once before they can start serving customers.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A team of 25 sanitarians from the Tulsa Health Department is responsible for inspecting more than 250 individual vendors over the course of the fair.

They perform initial inspections before the vendors can serve their first customer, and routine inspections will follow throughout the fair.

The sanitarians look at several aspects of each vendor's operations, all of which are state regulations.

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Local & Regional
4:41 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

OSU Institute of Technology Opens Natural Gas Compression Training Facility

Oklahoma State University officials and energy company representatives cut the ribbon in front of a new natural gas compression training facility Wednesday.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology opened a new facility Wednesday to train students in the latest equipment and techniques in natural gas compression.

The Okmulgee school has a history of corporate partnerships.

"If you look across this entire campus, every discipline is basically supported by a corporate partner, and this is just the latest example," said OSU President Burns Hargis at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, ONEOK and Energy Transfer all gave money toward the facility's construction.

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Local & Regional
11:49 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tulsa Campus Gets Big Role in University of Oklahoma's $20.3 Million Grant Project

OU's Tulsa School of Community Medicine will contribute a medical informatics system it's developed to the university's federally funded programs to help the medically underserved. Dr. David Kendrick is the head of the department and says applied data can help improve patient and community health outcomes.
Credit OU Tulsa School of Community Medicine

Medical informatics is a relatively new field, but it's why OU Tulsa will have a big role in the University of Oklahoma's project to help the state's medically underserved, which recently won a four-year, $20.3 million federal grant.

OU Tulsa's School of Community Medicine began developing a medical informatics system in 2008, getting some funding help from a state grant. 

In the last five years, the system has developed to the point that it can be shared outside of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
4:35 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

First Inmates Graduate From Sheriff's Skills Program

(From left) IN2WORK program graduates Gregory Byrd, Malcolm Hardridge, Paul McLaughlin and Justin Schultz plate the main as their instructors from Aramark look on Friday. The meal was the men's final exam for the food service program.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

IN2WORK, a food service skills program offered by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in partnership with Aramark, has produced its first four graduates.

Four men out of a group of 10 inmates completed the program. They learned kitchen and retail basics and the National Restaurant Association serving protocols known as ServSafe.

Graduates had to pass all their exams with a score of 75 percent or better.

TCSO will expand the program because of its popularity among the inmates. Genders can't be mixed, so groups of men and women will alternate in the program.

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Local & Regional
4:31 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Texting and Driving — Tulsa Proclaims "It Can Wait"

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett reads a proclamation Thursday announcing the city is joining a nationwide campaign to encourage drivers not to text. Booker T. Washington junior John Seely (second from left), AT&T Oklahoma President Bryan Gonterman and Tulsa Police Traffic Safety Coordinator Craig Murray look on.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

City of Tulsa employees are prohibited from texting while driving on the job. Now Mayor Dewey Bartlett is encouraging all Tulsa drivers not to text behind the wheel.

Bartlett proclaimed Sept. 19 "Drive 4 Pledges Day," showing Tulsa's support for the nationwide It Can Wait movement, which started in 2009.

Mobile carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon head the campaign. AT&T Oklahoma President Bryan Gonterman was on hand for the announcement and praised the city's action.

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