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
12:39 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Recycle Those Campaign Signs the Right Way

The M.e.t. has collected nearly 10,000 total campaign signs for recycling after two previous elections.
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Now that the election is over, it’s time to get rid of all those campaign signs.

Metropolitan Environmental Trust Director Michael Patton said don’t put them in your recycling cart, though.

"The metal wires really mess up the automated sorting equipment, so clearly, do not put them in the blue bins," Patton said. "You can bring them to any of the M.e.t. centers, we're open seven days a week. We recycle the paper, the plastic and the metal."

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Local & Regional
5:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Traffic Information Boards Coming to Tulsa Sooner Than Anticipated

Credit ODOT

An ODOT driver information project years in the making will come to Tulsa sooner than expected.

Spokeswoman Terri Angier said their dynamic messaging boards will come to Tulsa early next year rather than late summer.

"They'll give you a sense of whether there's congestion or not based on the travel times, and it really is able to help drivers to make better choices in terms of it's a huge congestion to be able to get off the highway," Angier said.

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Local & Regional
5:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Contract Approved for $38M Project on I-244 in Tulsa

Coming soon to Tulsa: More road work.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $38 million contract today for work on I-244 from roughly Lewis to Memorial. Transportation department spokeswoman Kenna Carmon said the extensive project may start in just three to four months.

"It will be replacing from the ground up all the concrete for about three miles and also working on two bridges — one over Admiral, and the other one over 73rd," Carmon said.

The work may start soon, but it will take some time.

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Local & Regional
4:54 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Some Prescription Drugs Now Subject to Oklahoma Drug Trafficking Laws

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Certain prescription drugs are now included in Oklahoma’s drug trafficking laws.

State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commissioner Terri White said prescription drug abuse is an epidemic.

"And it's one that we have to get a handle on," White said. "In fact, when we look at our statistics, Tulsa County has the highest rate of prescription drug overdose death of any county in our state, but they have the 18th-highest overdose death rate of any county in the United States.

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Local & Regional
3:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bridenstine Talks Federal Issues Facing Oklahoma at Chamber Forum

Rep. Jim Bridenstine speaks at a Tulsa Regional Chamber forum Friday.
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Congressman Jim Bridenstine tells Tulsa community and business leaders about upcoming federal issues that may affect Oklahoma.

The military is phasing out the F-16 fighters local Air National Guard pilots fly. Bridenstine said the state needs to consider pitching in funding for a fuel plant to keep the 138th Fighter Wing in the air.

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Local & Regional
3:38 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

City Councilors Split Over "Street Outlaws"

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City councilors are divided on whether to let a reality TV show about illegal street racing film in Tulsa.

"Street Outlaws" shot an episode under police and fire supervision in July on a closed stretch of Port Road. They’ve applied for a special event permit again, and City Councilor Skip Steele doesn’t want them on city streets.

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Local & Regional
9:37 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Experts Call for Proactive Approach to Reduce Downtown Homelessness

The Tulsa Chamber sponsored a forum Thursday focusing on downtown’s homeless population, and the experts said early intervention is key.

"We are reacting to the situation, which is compounded by homelessness, rather than recognizing that if we put our efforts into the front end of this, we can save so many lives, so many tragedies that are happening downtown and so many tragedies that are happening in our community," said Jan Figart with the Community Service Council.

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Announces Partnership With Social Network Nextdoor

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Tulsa partners with a free and private social network to help get the word out on neighborhood safety issues.

Jen Burke with Nextdoor said the site has caught on in about 100 Tulsa neighborhoods already.

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Local & Regional
3:55 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Parks Department Hosts Grand Opening for Zeigler Playground

J.D. Smith shakes hands with Mark Twain Elementary students Wednesday at the grand opening of Fort J.D. Smith, a new themed playground at Zeigler Park.
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Tulsa Parks officially opens a new fort-themed playground at Zeigler Park.

The city closed the park’s rec center and pool more than a decade ago. Parks Director Lucy Dolman says the new three-story playground is the result of asking community residents what they wanted last year.

"They really wanted to see a playground, so we wanted this to be as special as it could be," Dolman said. "We had the students pick what theme they wanted to do. This is really our first major, themed playground, and we're really excited about it. And it looks like it's a big success."

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Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Touts Winter Weather Preparations

The City of Tulsa has 46 truck-mounted snow plows at its disposal this winter, along with seven pickup trucks with snow plows and three motor graders that can be used as plows.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa hasn’t had a frost yet, but the city is already looking ahead to winter.

"We're in the process of getting ready. We have enough salt for what we expect to have for a normal winter here in Tulsa, and the crews are working every day getting ready," said Streets and Stormwater Director Roy Teeters. "EMD's supporting us by getting all of our equipment ready, and we'll be ready to go by the time the snow hits."

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