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
2:42 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

TPD Hosts 10th Oklahoma SWAT Competition

Trevor Wauters with the Oklahoma City Police SWAT team shoots in the carbine competition Wednesday morning.
Matt Trotter KWGS

SWAT Teams from throughout Oklahoma converged on Tulsa today for a true test of their abilities.

Tulsa Police Department hosted the 10th annual Oklahoma SWAT Competition. The day-long games are designed to test tactical skills, marksmanship and teamwork in several different events. TPD Capt. Ryan Perkins says they’re having fun even though they can’t participate as hosts.

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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Passenger Rail Supporters "Cautiously Optimistic" After Sooner Sub Sale

By early July, the 97.5 mile rail line between Midwest City and Sapulpa known as the Sooner Sub will be privately owned. Passenger rail advocates have fought the sale for years, but they’re feeling optimistic right now.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission knocked out all but the last item of its agenda in about 20 minutes Monday. After a 10-minute recess, Chairman Greg Love moved on to the topic most people came for: Discussion on the sale of the Sooner Sub line.

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Local & Regional
12:47 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Board Approves Sooner Sub Sale to Passenger-Friendly Company

Passengers waiting to board a demo train last winter at Sapulpa
Credit Eastern Flyer

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted unanimously this afternoon to sell the Sooner Sub Rail Line to the Stillwater Central Railroad. SLWC is considered a passenger rail–friendly company.

The motion to divest the 97.5 miles of track was made by District 2 Commissioner David Burrage.

SLWC offered the state $75 million for the line and wrote an additional $104 million in improvements into its bid, including $2.2 million for passenger rail implementation.

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

New Tulsa Zoo Exhibit Takes Visitors Back in Time

Tulsa Zoo's Zoorassic Park exhibit officially opens tomorrow. It features 11 different species of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Starting tomorrow, visitors to the Tulsa Zoo can have their own Jurassic Park experience.

The zoo's new Zoorassic Park exhibit features 11 species of dinosaurs,including a 40-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Spokeswoman Sarah Floyd said the dinosaurs have come a long way since the last time the zoo had this kind of exhibit.

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Local & Regional
4:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Three Tulsa Utility Rate Increases Proposed

Debt and aging infrastructure are two main drivers of proposed utility increases for Tulsa. Some of those infrastructure problems were apparent earlier this year as the city worked to repair hundreds of water main breaks.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsans may see their city utility bills go up in October.

There are three proposed increases: 7 percent for water, 9.75 percent for sewer and between 6 and 9 percent for storm water. Water and sewer rates have increased each of the last six years while storm water rates have not.

Streets and Storm Water Director Roy Teeters said the rate increases are needed to deal with a big problem.

"All the utilities are all in the same situation," Teeters said. "It's aging infrastructure and increased cost to maintain that aging infrastructure."

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Local & Regional
3:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Corrections Director Releases Timeline of Clayton Lockett's Execution

Oklahoma’s director of corrections released today a full timeline of Clayton Lockett’s failed execution, filling in the missing details from when the screens went down during the execution to when Lockett died.

Director Robert Patton's report said Lockett was tased earlier in the day for refusing to be restrained and was treated for a self-inflicted cut on his right arm. He also refused food and visits with his attorneys.

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Local & Regional
7:21 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Execution of Clayton Lockett Botched; Charles Warner Granted Stay by Corrections Director

Corrections Director Robert Patton addresses reporters Tuesday after a failed attempt to execute convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Oklahoma's execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett has failed. 

Corrections Director Robert Patton attributed it to a "vein failure" that prevented the chemicals from making into his system properly. 

In a statement shortly before 7:30 p.m., Patton said Lockett died of a "massive heart attack" at 7:06 p.m.

Prison officials began the execution at 6:23 p.m. Lockett declined the chance to make a final statement, and the first injection — Midazolam, to render him unconscious — was pushed into his IV.

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Local & Regional
12:35 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Tulsa Gun Ordinance Changes Go to City Council

Credit Copyright-Glock Talk

For the second time in a year, changes to Tulsa’s gun ordinances are going before the city council for approval.

Tulsa hasn’t enforced ordinances prohibiting lawful firearm possession in parks since last year.

Oklahoma prohibits cities from having gun laws stricter than the state’s, but Mayor’s chief of staff Jarred Brejcha said the changes are more than just a formality.

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Local & Regional
9:51 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

VIDEO: T.W. Shannon Speaks at Liberty Rally in Tulsa

Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon speaks to the crowd Thursday evening at his rally in Tulsa. He has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

T.W. Shannon's Senate campaign takes off with a rally in Tulsa, and based on his remarks it will be hard for the other six Republican candidates to be on his right.

In his 16-minute speech to the hundreds in attendance, Shannon Railed against the Affordable Care Act and the NSA, stated his unequivocal support for Hobby Lobby and called for vastly reducing the size of the federal government.

Shannon has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, all of whom spoke at the rally.

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Local & Regional
2:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Even Moneymakers Prepare for Cuts Ahead of Tulsa Budget Presentation

Tulsa's city budget is due next week, and several councilors want to defend moneymaking departments from steep cuts. 

The planning department is already short-staffed, and Councilor Blake Ewing said cutting more from its funding will put Tulsa at an economic disadvantage. 

"Owasso just is like a baby city," Ewing said. "Its roads are newer in a lot of ways. Its buildings and infrastructure is newer, and so it has substantially fewer maintenance needs with a booming revenue."

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