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
3:48 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa County DA Remains Prosecutor for Police Officer's Murder Trial

TPD officer Shannon Kepler is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his daughter's boyfriend. The murder happened while Kepler was off duty.
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A Tulsa County judge denies a motion to disqualify the district attorney as prosecutor of a Tulsa police officer charged with murder.

TPD officer Shannon Kepler’s attorney Richard O’Carroll alleged Steve Kunzweiler told a key witness what to say earlier this year.

"He could be arrested right now for obstruction of justice and suborning perjury," O'Carroll said.

Kunzweiler and Judge Caroline Wall disagreed. Kunzweiler said the judge at the earlier hearing gave O’Carroll every opportunity to delve into the matter, citing two dozen pages of transcripts.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Task Force Hears Novel Idea for Offsetting Dams' Environmental Impacts

Credit KWGS News

Area cities looking to build low-water dams in the Arkansas River may have an option when it comes to mitigating environmental impacts.

Under agreements with the EPA, permanent conservation work in the same watershed can earn credits toward the affects of nearby projects — even if someone else does the work.

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Local & Regional
3:04 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

VIDEO: Bald Eagle Released Into Wild After Recovering From Gunshot

Tulsa Zoo veterinary technician Alesha Dodd releases a young bald eagle found in late November with a shotgun wound to her right wing. Zoo staff and Wild Heart Ranch rehabilitated the eagle.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A young bald eagle hit with a shotgun blast in late November is back in the wild.

The eagle had shot and two fractures in her right wing. Tulsa Zoo staff fixed her up and worked with Wild Heart Ranch to get her ready for life in the wild again.

Veterinary technician Alesha Dodd said letting her go today at Oologah Lake was emotional.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Mon March 23, 2015

For Second Straight Year, Oklahoma Teachers Call for Funding

Teachers at last year's rally
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Oklahoma educators plan to rally to renew demands made at a massive Capitol demonstration a year ago for more classroom funding and better salaries.

This time, they will have a new ally in Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. The former public school teacher and ex-state Board of Education member plans to add her voice to the thousands of teachers, school administrators and parents expected at the March 30 rally.

The Republican defeated former state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in the GOP primary.

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Local & Regional
3:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

TYPros Visits Lawmakers on Annual Lobbying Trip

TYPros Chair Evan Tipton speaks during the group's lobbying trip Wednesday. Executive Director Shagah Zakerion stands next to him.
Credit TYPros

Tulsa’s Young Professionals made its annual lobbying trip to the state capitol.

"Top issues for Tulsa's Young Professionals are funding for education, we're also very interested in modernizing Oklahoma's liquor laws, and then ridesharing opportunities like Uber and Lyft," said government affairs crew leader Stephanie Cameron. "Those are all very important to our demographic and are definitely areas of interest."

The discussion ran both ways, however. TYPros Executive Director Shagah Zakerion said the theme they heard from lawmakers in both parties was engagement.

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Local & Regional
3:03 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

City of Tulsa Launches New Public Projects Website

A new website launches to provide details on projects funded by the Improve Our Tulsa initiative.

The Improve Our Tulsa website is similar to the old Fix Our Streets website. Engineering Director Paul Zachary said users can zoom in a map view from arterial streets to neighborhood levels.

"We found it to be very beneficial to homeowners associations, the councilors, so that we have — everybody's got the expectation of what streets and what streets are not included in the program," Zachary said.

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Local & Regional
12:44 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Broken Arrow Mayor in D.C. for National Election Task Force

Credit City of Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow’s mayor is in Washington, D.C., to talk about city issues ahead of the 2016 election.

Mayor Craig Thurmond is on a bipartisan, 17-member task force working under the National League of Cities. The task force hopes to make the NLC presidential candidates’ main resource on local government issues.

Thurmond said federal officials don’t always get to interact with city government.

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Local & Regional
3:47 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

C-SPAN Stops in Tulsa for Cities Tour

A C-SPAN production team will be driving around Tulsa this week, working on segments about the city's history and literary scene.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

You may see some special guests around Tulsa over the next few days. Public affairs network C-SPAN is in town.

"The C-SPAN Cities Tour looks to turn a spotlight on unique cities that otherwise may not be featured on our networks," said producer Ashley Hill. "Now, how do we do that? We embed ourselves in a city for a week at a time, and we produce programming that highlights that city's history and local literary scene."

The network’s production team will be driving around in branded local content vehicles to interview historians, authors and civic leaders.

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Tulsa Lands 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Credit B.A.S.S.

Tulsa catches a big one.

The region will host the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. Tulsa also hosted the 2013 tournament, which drew the event’s second-highest attendance of 106,850. VisitTulsa Chair Jeff Stava said tourism plays a big role in the region’s economy.

"Visitor traffic drives economic impact in our community and in this region to a tune of over $345 million annually," Stava said. "And with each large-scale event we bring to town, that number continues to grow."

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Local & Regional
3:04 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Organizers Announce New Component for Big 12 Baseball Championships

Local Big 12 baseball championship organizers announced ONEOK Fan Fest, a daily celebration at Guthrie Green during the tournament's run.

Local organizers of the Big 12 baseball tournament are trying to drum up early interest in the event.

Organizers unveiled ONEOK Fan Fest, a sponsored, daily celebration at Guthrie Green during the tournament. Sports commission director Vince Trinidad said it will give visitors a new impression of Tulsa.

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