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
2:43 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Sole Abortion Provider Allowed Under New Law Sees Itself as a Target

A law signed this week by Gov. Mary Fallin would close two of the state’s three abortion providers on Nov. 1, and the remaining provider already worries it's next.

Brandie Haddan is the nursing supervisor at Reproductive Services Tulsa, the one clinic that would remain open. She said being the lone provider in Oklahoma will likely be tough.

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2:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Manufacturers Association Awards Scholarships to 12 Students

Students pursuing advanced manufacturing careers pose with Mayor Dewey Bartlett Friday after being awarded scholarships.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Tulsa Area Manufacturers Association gave out $9,000 in scholarships Friday to 12 students working toward careers in advanced manufacturing.

Scholarship Chair Everett Treat said the awards weren’t easy to get.

"You have to have a 3.0 or better grade point average, a 95 percent attendance rate, you have to go through an interview with a bunch of us guys who ask you lots of questions," Treat said. "And so these students who we're honoring today are the best of the best."

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Local & Regional
9:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Oktoberfest Gets New Sponsor, Slightly Different Name This Year

Linde Processing Plants CEO Steve Bertone (right) speaks at the announcement of the company's title sponsorship of Tulsa's Oktoberfest celebration. He was joined by members of the company cycling team.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

For the next five years, one of the area's premier fall events will be called Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa.

Linde Process Plants is a Tulsa firm specializing in gas processing and refining. LPP CEO Steve Bertone said they decided to become a title sponsor because parent company The Linde Group is based in Munich, Germany.

"Most of us in the company have been to the German Oktoberfest many times over the previous years, so I think some input there could be of assistance," Bertone said.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Tax Incentives Could Help Projects at Historic Buildings Downtown

The Transok Building at Two W Sixth St. is among four downtown Tulsa buildings developers are eyeing for combined residential-retail projects. The city council is considering granting the developers tax incentives for the projects.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Developers eyeing four historic downtown Tulsa sites may get tax incentives to help pay for combined residential and retail projects.

City Economic Development Coordinator Jim Coles said the incentive is a property tax abatement to cover any gaps between financing and actual costs.

"It freezes the tax level as it currently is, so all the taxing entities still receive the current amount that they would, just like last year," Coles said. "But for six years, it doesn't increase. That's captured by the developer; he keeps that and uses that toward his project."

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Local & Regional
12:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Food Truck Town Hall Is Tonight

Credit Tulsa Food Trucks

City Councilor Blake Ewing looks for input on a proposed food truck ordinance.

Ewing will host a public forum at 6 p.m. at Legends Dance Hall and Saloon, 514 E Second St. Just 10 days ago he pulled proposed ordinances that would keep food trucks 300 feet from restaurants and events. He said tonight is a chance to hear everyone’s ideas.

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Local & Regional
3:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Tulsa Transit Board Approves Fare Hikes

Tulsa Transit board members approved fare increases in a meeting Wednesday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The move toward higher Tulsa bus fares took another step forward this afternoon.  

Tulsa Transit board members approved 17 percent fare increases to go before the city council next month. Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright said if the plan gets council approval, the higher fares will likely stick.

"The new level that we're proposing to raise the fares [to] is in line with other transit agencies in the Midwest," Cartwright said. "I think it's unlikely that fares might go down in the next several years."

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Local & Regional
4:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tulsa Zoo Unveils Two New Sea Lions

A boy watches sea lions Reyes and Cisco swim Tuesday at the Tulsa Zoo.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Two rescued California sea lions made their debut at the Tulsa Zoo today.

Three-year-old Reyes and four-year-old Cisco were in bad shape. Reyes had a badly infected eye, and Cisco had been bitten by a shark.

"So they went to the Marine Mammal Care Center, where they nursed them back to health, and they're doing great," said trainer Kaleigh Jablonski. "After it was deemed that they could not be released back into the wild, they were slated to come here, where we were able to give them a permanent home at the Tulsa Zoo."

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Local & Regional
2:59 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Explosive Device Mailed to Rogers County DA Day of Grand Jury Report

Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley and her office were cleared of any criminal conduct by Oklahoma's Multicounty Grand Jury.
Credit Oklahoma District Attorney Council

An explosive device was sent to the home of Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley.

Her mailbox contained the blast, and no one was injured. Steidley said she doesn’t know if it’s related to the recently concluded grand jury investigation of her office.

"I do take it as a threat, and I don't appreciate it," Steidley said. "We are currently looking at surveillance tape and talking to different witnesses around my home."

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Local & Regional
5:25 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulsa Colleges and Universities Awarding More Degrees Than Four Years Ago

The University of Tulsa awarded 382 more degrees last year than it did four years ago. Universities in the Tulsa metro area awarded 14.1 percent more degrees overall last year than in 2009.
Credit KWGS

Tulsa now ranks 14th in a national competition to increase degree attainment.

There are 57 metro areas participating in the CEO for Cities program, which will award $1 million to the one with the most growth from 2009 to 2013. Speaking at a local state of education event, Brian Paschal with the Tulsa Regional Chamber said a national program shows a double-digit increase in bachelor's and associates degrees.

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Local & Regional
4:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tulsa City Councilor Pulls Food Truck Ordinances For Now

Food trucks line up around Guthrie Green in this photo from Tulsa Food Trucks.
Credit Tulsa Food Trucks

City Councilor Blake Ewing has pulled proposed ordinances that would keep food trucks at least 300 feet from Tulsa schools, restaurants and special events.

"I've pulled the food truck ordinance from consideration and am working to schedule a food truck town hall where we can discuss any and all issues involving food trucks and their continued success in Tulsa," Ewing posted on Facebook this afternoon.

Ewing told the council's urban and economic development committee last week encouraging a food truck culture takes balance.

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