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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Saint Francis is building a 49,000-square foot complex in Glenpool.

The two-story building will be near the southeast corner of U.S. 75 and 151st Street and will feature a 24 hours a day, seven days a week level-three emergency room with three exam rooms and a trauma bay. The facility will also house primary care physician offices.

"To complement these offerings, there will also be outpatient imaging and a rehabilitation therapy center," said Saint Francis COO Barry Steichen.

Glenpool Mayor Tim Fox said he was impressed by his first look at the plans.

Oklahoma DOC

Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate say new evidence supports his claim of innocence.

Richard Glossip will be executed Wednesday for the 1997 slaying of his boss, Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese. Glossip’s attorneys said maintenance man Justin Sneed lied about being hired to kill the Van Treese and won't come forward because he's worried about a harsher sentence.

They also claimed police interrogated Sneed with techniques proven to elicit false statements, and said witnesses testified he had a bad drug habit.

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The first class in an aviation and aerospace vocational program has arrived at Tulsa Tech.

Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO Steve Tiger said the new program will benefit from industry partnerships.

"Job shadowing, mentoring, apprenticeship programs — we also want to integrate some of the newer technologies within the aerospace field, such as drone technology, facets of aerospace industry that are going to be exciting to young people," Tiger said.

Bailey Siegfried with Nordam said many companies are looking to it to fill a work force gap.

Tulsa People

You can help feed hungry local kids by going out to eat during Tulsa Restaurant Week.

Restaurants from downtown to south Tulsa have special menus tomorrow through Sept. 20. Order from those, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma benefits.

Proceeds go to the food bank's Food for Kids program. Food bank data says one in four Tulsa-area kids are at risk of going to bed hungry any given night.

Tulsa Area United Way

Thousands of volunteers swarm Tulsa for the Day of Caring.

Tulsa Area United Way President Mark Graham called the 24th edition of the event a record-breaking day.

"We've had more than 5,500 volunteers out in the community working on 450 different projects," Graham said.

The Day of Caring started at Johnson Park and focused on 61st Street and Peoria Avenue this year.

Tulsa State Fair

Security will be a little different at this year’s Tulsa State Fair.

"This year, instead of using reserves to serve at the fair in addition to 12 full-time deputies, we will be fully staffed by full-time deputies of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," said TCSO Public Information Officer Justin Green.

An independent review of the sheriff's office is looking at each division, including the reserve program.

Certain kinds of Arkansas River developments in Tulsa may get put on hold.

The city council will consider a moratorium next week.

"We've just recently seen examples of things that can occur along that area that would really be detrimental to the future vision of what we see along the river," said Susan Miller with INCOG, who is also a member of a river design steering committee.

Councilor G.T. Bynum said they’ve spent a total of three years so far preparing a comprehensive river proposal.

City of Tulsa

It’s the last day for the public to submit ideas for Tulsa’s Vision renewal, but city councilors are making their own pitches now.

Anna America wants to see funding for widening the roads on and around south Mingo.

"We've had all this healthcare corridor growth, we've had all this residential growth, but we've still got a two-lane country road, you know, from 71st to 91st and 91st Street from Mingo to Memorial as well," America said.

Water in the river around Tulsa is safe for activities such as swimming, and INCOG is pushing to have it reclassified as such.

Despite being classified as safe only for activities with a low chance of swallowing water, Vernon Seaman with INCOG said the stretch from Sand Springs to Muskogee meets the higher standards.

Prevarian Senior Living

St. John’s Broken Arrow is the site of an assisted living facility now under construction.

Prairie House will also include a memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Allan Brown with Prevarian Senior Living said residents will have constant access to St. John physicians because the facility will be on the hospital campus at Albany and Elm streets.

"Seeing assisted living being built on a hospital campus really reflects remarkable foresight by St. John," Brown said. "You just don't see it very often, and it's going to be a national example."