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.

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City of Tulsa

Tulsa’s city council has passed the city’s first comprehensive zoning code update in decades.

While some pieces remain, the new ordinances do away with form-based codes. Those focus more on things like building size and public space and less on land use.

Developer Jamie Jamieson said many cities are now instituting form-based codes, especially for their downtowns.

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Free help to get ready for college is available Saturday from Tulsa Community College.

Day of Vision is a chance for students and their parents to learn about college life, ways to pay for college and the skills to be successful after high school. Rebecca Marks-Jimerson with TCC said students don’t even need to be considering TCC to attend.

"Of course, we would love for you to attend TCC, but these are fundamentals that you need to attend college, university anywhere," Marks-Jimerson said.

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A proposal to have Oklahoma legislative sessions focused solely on the budget is picking up support outside the House and Senate chambers.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said he’s on board.

"That should be explored, because our budget is the priority," Lamb said. "Spending money wisely, making sure we're efficient with taxpayer dollars — we discussed it some last legislative session. I think we'll see more discussion on it this year."

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The estimated costs of public safety and capital projects are adding up for the City of Tulsa.

Some councilors are starting to talk about broadening the funding picture.

"We need to be talking about all of our revenue sources, in particular on the public safety side," said Councilor G.T. Bynum. "But we need to be mindful of all of them throughout the whole discussion."

OU President David Boren has proposed upping the state sales tax one cent to boost public education funding.

Early polls show he has about 70 percent of voters’ support. Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing, however, is not a fan of Boren’s idea.

After 25 years, Oklahomans will have to wait a little longer to learn whether a Southwestern Bell rate hike approved on a bribed vote will be reconsidered.

The case went in front of the state’s corporation commission, which is hung up on whether this is a judicial or legislative issue. That matters because there’s precedent for reopening cases judicial bribery, not legislative.

AT&T attorney Curt Long told commissioners this was settled 20 years ago.

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Education experts think the time is right to get more Oklahoma high school students taking introductory college classes.

Experts say concurrent enrollment makes it more likely students will earn a degree. State and local education officials gathered in Tulsa Tuesday to talk about how to increase Oklahoma’s concurrent enrollment numbers.

Schusterman Foundation Co-chair Stacy Schusterman said Oklahoma has some catching up to do when it comes to offering high school juniors and seniors free college courses.


Tulsa Community College is one of just a few schools chosen for a new program to help boost graduation rates.

"We were one of just 30 community colleges in the nation selected and the only college in Oklahoma," said TCC President Leigh Goodson. "This national initiative is about raising graduation rates across the country by building a better model for community colleges to follow."

Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center is still being considered for a piece of the upcoming Vision renewal.

Its director and trust have asked for nearly $95 million for an expansion and total renovation of the nearly 40-year-old building. PAC Trust Chair Stanton Doyle said 50 and even 60 years old isn’t much further away, and then it might be too late to just renovate.

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Cox Business Center renovations are being pushed as a Vision project that needs to be done.

Representatives of Visit Tulsa and SMG, the group that manages the space, say $48 million would nearly double the facility’s most desirable meeting space, increasing it from 102,000 square feet to just shy of 200,000. Ray Hoyt with Visit Tulsa said the city recently lost out on $105 million worth of bids.

"We can't even bring them back, because they're like, 'Did you change the space?' No. 'Well, there's no point in us having a conversation,'" Hoyt said. "So it's a long-term loss."