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
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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Local & Regional
4:02 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Cherokee Nation Claims $1.3 Billion Impact on Oklahoma's Economy

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker addresses the audience Tuesday at the unveiling of the tribe's economic impact study.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Cherokee Nation unveiled this afternoon a new study showing the tribe's economic impact in the state: $1.3 billion in economic output and support for nearly 14,200 jobs.

Leaders said the tribe's total economic impact was up 20 percent from fiscal year 2010.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker called Cherokee Nation the "engine that drives economic growth" in northeastern Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation government and business operations take place in 14 counties.

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Local & Regional
6:42 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Oklahoma Faces "Silver Tsunami" of Poor, Disabled Seniors

The Indian Nations Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging is one of 11 agencies in Oklahoma that provides free services to seniors. INCOG also provides information, like this newsletter.
Credit INCOG

Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in the proportion of its population age 50 or older with a disability, and the state's disabled older citizens are more likely to rent than to own a home.

Gather 100 Oklahomans age 50 or older in a single room, and statistics say 42 of them will be disabled. Do that in the worst state, Arkansas, and 45 will be disabled. 

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Local & Regional
11:19 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Crickets Swarm Green Country for Second Consecutive Year

Field crickets swarm a stand of concrete bleachers at the University of Tulsa Tuesday morning.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Swarms of field crickets are out day and night in Green Country, and the bugs might be around for two to four weeks. 

But this phenomenon has actually drawn scientists' attention for at least 60 years.

The chirping has been nearly constant on the University of Tulsa campus this week. Thousands of inch-long, black or dark brown crickets are gathered here and at several other spots in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso. 

They cluster together in plain sight, hundreds of them giving walls and floors a living, chirping texture. It's all a bit unsettling.

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Local & Regional
1:20 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lock on Major Oklahoma Shipping Route Reopens

The Army Corps of Engineers reopened Newt-Graham Lock and Dam Friday. It was closed more than a week for repairs.
Credit File photo / KWGS

The farthest upstream lock on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is reopen to traffic.

The Army Corps of Engineers closed Newt-Graham Lock and Dam 18 for more than a week. Crews found worse-than-expected damage when they drained the lock to fix leaks they had monitored for several months.

A rubber seal the Corps expected would be damaged was misshapen and loose in spots.

But some of the worst damage was caused by tree trunks swept into the water. Portions of the 185-ton steel gates bent where they closed on the trunks and other debris.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Cost Not the Only Obstacle to Moving Tulsa Power Lines Underground

Representatives of Public Service Company of Oklahoma and City of Tulsa officials wait to cross Cincinnati Avenue Thursday on their way to a presentation on moving city utility lines underground.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa City Council made exploring underground utility placement a goal for 2013. It's one that became more important after thousands lost power for days following July storms.

But in a presentation to city councilors, representatives of Public Service Company of Oklahoma showed there's much more to consider than the price tag of moving power lines underground.

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Local & Regional
11:51 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Baby Veronica Case Stirs Questions About Blood Quantum: Hear Our Special Report

The Bureau of Indian Affairs still issues certificates that show an individual's blood quantum.
Credit Wikipedia

The legal battle over custody of Veronica Brown has brought up a rarely asked question: Who is a Cherokee?

The United States Supreme Court points out that Veronica is just 1.2 percent Cherokee. Yet she is entitled to full membership in the tribe and the legal protections that come with it.

Article Four of the Cherokee Nation constitution addresses citizenship. The requirements are simple, laid out in a few seconds by Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree.

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