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
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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Local & Regional
4:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Safe Kids, AAA Remind People Not to Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Danial Karnes talks Wednesday about the dangers of leaving kids in a car. Background from left: Tulsa Police Officer Craig Murray, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, Dr. Roopa Thukaram, Tulsa Area Safe Kids Director Beth Washington, veterinarian Paul Welch and Tulsa Fire Department Public Information Officer Stan May
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The weather is nice again, but the Tulsa Area Safe Kids coalition wants to remind people it will get hot in the car now — up to 20 degrees warmer than outside in 10 minutes.

Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said a parent or caregiver could be charged with second-degree manslaughter if a child dies while left alone in a car.

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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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