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
3:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Tulsa Vies for More Nonstop Flights by Hosting Airports Conference

Tulsa International Airport could attract more flights after the city hosts an airports conference this week.
Credit City of Tulsa

Tulsa has a big opportunity this week to land more nonstop flights to and from the city.

Tulsa International Airport is hosting a conference that could attract more routes to the area. Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said they bid for the conference last year as part of an air service initiative.

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Changes to Volunteer Parking Enforcement Program Proposed

A city official has proposed replacing volunteers who enforce disabled parking throughout Tulsa with part-time parking inspectors who would also help enforce downtown meters.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

The City of Tulsa might replace its volunteer program to enforce disabled parking with paid part-time parking inspectors.

State law mandates a cumbersome process for the volunteers that hasn’t been very successful. They must take a photo of a violation and file it in a police department system so an officer can review it and write the ticket.

Asset management director Mark Hogan proposes hiring 10 part-time parking inspectors for 10 hours a week each.

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Local & Regional
3:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Monday Rain Just a Drop in the Drought Bucket

More than half an inch of rain has fallen in Tulsa in the last 24 hours, but drought is still a concern.

State Climatologist Gary McManus said it takes a long time to get into a drought, and it takes a long time to get out of one.

"Whenever we have six to nine months of low precipitation totals, those one or two rainfalls that we start to get in the spring aren't really enough to nudge us out of drought just yet, but they certainly help," McManus said. 

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Frank Haith Introduced as New TU Men's Basketball Coach

New TU men's basketball coach Frank Haith addresses fans and reporters at a news conference Friday. University athletics director and Vice President Derrick Gragg and President Steadman Upham (right) also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Golden Hurricane has its new men’s basketball coach.

The 2012 coach of the year, Frank Haith, comes to Tulsa after three seasons with Missouri. He says TU’s move to the American Athletic Conference was a big factor in his decision.

"UConn, in terms of winning a national championship, Memphis and Cincinnati, all great programs — I think they have a TV contract with ESPN," Haith said. "I think Tulsa has now made a commitment, obviously, in terms of the level, in terms of the league they're joining."

Missouri moved from the Big 12 to the SEC under Haith. 

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Local & Regional
5:05 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Government, Company Leaders Officially Break Ground on Macy's Online Fulfillment Center

Matt Trotter KWGS

Local, state and national leaders broke ground today on the 1.3 million square foot Macy's distribution center in Owasso.

Peter Longo is the company's president of logistics and operations. He said several factors sold them on the location.

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Local & Regional
4:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Tulsa Brewery Closer to Reality After Rezoning

Glenn Hall's Renaissance Brewing Co. will be at the northeast corner of Lewis Avenue and 12th Street if the city council approves recommendations from the planning commission.
Matt Trotter KWGS

What would be Tulsa’s third brewery takes a step toward reality.

Glenn Hall plans to open Renaissance Brewing at 12th Street and Lewis Avenue, but the area is zoned commercial and breweries are restricted to industrial. The planning commission had to recommend rezoning the area and a planned unit development specifically for the brewery. Hall says the next hurdle is the city council.

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Local & Regional
9:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

House Will Vote on Changes to Judicial Nominating Commission

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It's been 45 years since Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission was established, but the bribery scandal preceding it hasn't been forgotten. 

Tulsa attorney and commission member John Tucker watched the impeachment trials on TV as a young law student.

"Here are people just admitting that they paid money for decisions, and not just that they paid money, but it was only, like, a couple of thousand bucks to buy four votes in the Supreme Court," Tucker said. "How bad is that?"

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Local & Regional
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Candidates for Most Offices Will Run Unopposed This Year

Oklahomans will vote for candidates in more than 300 offices from U.S. senator to district attorney this fall, but about 60 percent of the races will have just one candidate.
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Candidate filings are in, and more than 60 percent of the candidates for elected offices in Oklahoma will be unopposed this year.

Out of 126 races for state legislature seats, 56 have just one candidate. Brandon Lenoir is a political science professor at Oklahoma State University. He said there are two things to consider about uncontested offices.

"Obviously it doesn't give voters much of a choice, but at the same time, if the voters were upset with the incumbent, odds are there would be a candidate who would step forward," Lenoir said.

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Local & Regional
3:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Some Costs, Funding for Arkansas River Projects Still Uncertain

Tulsa's river task force is still waiting to hear what it will cost to prepare the city's storm water system and the riverbanks for water in the river, but communities may be able to use a Vision 2025 surplus for some projects.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa’s river task force will wait at least another month for a firm estimate on how much it will cost to prepare the city’s storm water system for water in the river.

Gaylon Pinc with the Program Management Group gave the group a ballpark estimate and said he’s relieved it wasn’t in the tens of millions of dollars range.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

TCC Students Win Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

TCC honors program coordinator Susan O'Neal (left) speaks to Michelle Harris and Jim Presley's class Wednesday morning after the students were told they would receive scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Two Tulsa Community College students are among 85 recipients of a national scholarship worth up to $90,000.

Southeast Campus Provost Brett Campbell interrupted Jim Presley and Michelle Harris’ morning class, announcing, "No one has won the Publishers Clearing House," complete with balloons and a poster in lieu of a giant check, to tell them they’d won Jack Kent Cooke Foundation transfer scholarships. Both students were stunned.

"I did not do this by myself," said Harris. "It was everybody that knows me, knows the challenges that I've had."

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