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
12:52 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Summit Gives Bleak Outlook on Oklahoma Budget

A budget summit in Oklahoma City hosted by the Oklahoma Policy Institute gives a bleak outlook for the state's short-term and long-term budgets. 

Anew legislative session begins in just over two weeks. Lawmakers will head back to the capitol facing a $170 million budget shortfall. Oklahoma Policy Institute Director David Blatt hopes the summit paints a clear picture of what that shortfall and the policies that lead to it mean for the state.

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Local & Regional
3:22 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Task Force Finalizes Green Waste Recommendations

If Tulsa's trash board uses a city council task force's recommendations in changing the city's green waste system, piles of bagged leaves will be a thing of the past.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa City Council's Trash Operations Task Force has finalized its green waste program recommendations for the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy.

The biggest change from how the program currently works is recommending a separate green waste collection system that people opt into for a fee.

"You can opt in, have a user fee — a monthly fee to have your green waste picked up, or you can throw your green waste away in your gray cart," said Councilor Karen Gilbert, who chairs the task force. "I think it's a great compromise of both programs."

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Local & Regional
4:14 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Oklahoma State Regents Want $1.06 Billion This Year

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson announces the regents' legislative agenda Monday at OU-Tulsa's Schusterman Learning Center. The regents are asking the legislature for an additional $76.3 million in appropriations this year.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

As part of its legislative agenda for this year, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will ask state lawmakers for $1.06 billion in funding.

That's $76.3 million more than the legislature appropriated last year — a 7.7 percent increase. Chancellor Glen Johnson said regents know the state budget is tight and could fall short of projections, but the state's schools are trying to work with lawmakers.

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Local & Regional
3:49 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

City Working to Patch Thousands of Potholes Caused by Cold Weather

Winter weather has been tough on Tulsa streets. Since Dec. 7, 2013, city workers have patched or gotten reports of around 9,000 potholes.
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Snow, ice and freezing temperatures: It's a combination that's created around 9,000 potholes in Tulsa streets since early December.

"We've had a lot of cold weather, and we've already had two or three storms," said Street Maintenance Manager Tim McCorkell. "With that freeze-thaw cycle, you get a lot of moisture down in the cracks, and it pops the pavement up, and you have to go repatch again."

Another problem with the cold weather is when the temperature is below freezing, crews can't use hot asphalt, which makes a longer-lasting patch. 

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Local & Regional
1:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Downtown Recycling Center Opening Delayed

Credit KWGS News

Downtown Tulsa residents will have to wait a little longer for a recycling center in their area.

A new Metropolitan Environmental Trust recycling center at 11th Street and Cincinnati Avenue was supposed to open next weekend, but the M.e.t. is now looking at early February.

Bad weather has halted work on a list of repairs included in the property lease that needed to be done before the recycling center opened. 

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Local & Regional
1:01 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Tulsa Fire Department Hopes Dispatch System Glitches are Resolved

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Tulsa Fire Department has been dealing with problems with its computer-aided dispatch system, but Deputy Chief Scott Clark was hopeful they would be resolved today.

The department has experienced glitches because two pieces of the system supplied by different vendors weren't working together. 

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Local & Regional
10:33 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Water in the River by 2021?

Approval of a Zink Dam project by the Army Corps of Engineers could open the door for more low-water dams on the Arkansas River. Altogether, the projects could mean water in the river by mid-2021.
Credit KWGS News

If all goes according to plan, Tulsans could see water in the Arkansas River — permanently — by mid-2021.

A big project on the river is closer to getting started, as improvements to Zink Dam should get permit approval from the Army Corps of Engineers in the next two weeks.

Vision 2025 Program Director Kirby Crowe said Corps approval is important for more than that one project.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Homeless Population is Downtown Tulsa's Toughest Challenge

Tulsa's Downtown Coordinating council has targeted homelessness as a problem to address in 2014.

The area's homeless population was identified as downtown Tulsa's most difficult security and safety concern in a meeting Wednesday afternoon because of the potential for property damage and intimidated visitors.

DCC Manager Tom Baker said the solution isn't just to move downtown's homeless somewhere else.

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Local & Regional
4:15 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Green Waste Task Force Has Feedback But Struggles With Recommendations

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa City Council's Trash Operations Task Force received comments and suggestions from about 65 residents, but its recommendations — due at the end of the month — aren't much clearer.

District Five Councilor Karen Gilbert is the task force chair. She said the level of public response was good and indicated a clear preference. 

"The comments that we've received on our council website have been very positive, that a majority of the comments want some sort of green waste pickup," Gilbert said.

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Local & Regional
1:35 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

TYPros' Community Partner Program Starts Sixth Year

Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Executive Director Ken Busby (left) accepts a donation of $12,394.86 from 2013 Tulsa's Young Professionals Chair Hillary Parkhurst Monday at the Hardesty Arts Center.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa's Young Professionals' Community Partner program begins its sixth year with the donation of 2013 funds and the announcement of 2014's beneficiary.

TYPros' 2013 community partner was the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. The Tulsa Chamber group donated $12,394.86 to the council. Arts and Humanities Council Executive Director Ken Busby said the money will help their youth after-school program give more disadvantaged kids experiences with the arts.

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