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
4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In Tulsa for One Night Only: Marilyn Monroe!

The 18-ton sculpture Forever Marilyn will spend Friday night in Tulsa as it makes its way across the U.S. to Hamilton, N.J. It is in four pieces for the trip.
Credit Gregg Felson / Forever Marilyn by Seward Johnson, 1996, 2011, The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.

The actress — or, rather, the sculpture of her — has gone to pieces, but it’s OK. She'll still be a special guest at the Brady District's First Friday art crawl.

Forever Marilyn is 25 feet tall and weighs 18 tons, and she’s stopping overnight in Tulsa on her way from Palm Springs, Calif., to Hamilton, N.J. Curator Cynthia Stewart said Marilyn did some primping for her appearance.

"She went through a spa recently, which, in fact, is simply a truck wash," Stewart said. "It's pretty humorous to see photos of her in the middle of a truck wash."

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Local & Regional
4:03 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tulsa Businesses Urged to Prepare for Severe Weather Season

This map from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety shows which natural disasters different areas of the country are at the highest risk for. The gray line across the map is considered the freeze line, with everywhere above it at risk for extreme winter weather.
Credit IBHS

It’s officially tornado season, and disaster preparation experts warn Tulsa-area business owners to plan for the worst now.

Nonprofit group Tulsa Partners is urging businesses to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster shutting them down. David Hall with the Disaster Resistant Business Council said 90 percent of small business owners don’t have a plan because they’re too busy to make one, but not having one is a big risk.

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Local & Regional
4:27 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bartlesville Doctors Struggle With Employer's Stance on Contraception

Contraception becomes a hot topic in Bartlesville after Saint John executives tell their doctors they can no longer prescribe birth control.

Bob Oliver is the town’s only independent OB-GYN. He said it forced his colleagues to prescribe it for other reasons, like acne.

"And then they were told that they would be audited, and if they wrote too many prescriptions for medical reasons other than birth control alone, that they would be, obviously, fired," Oliver said. "At the same time, actually, that would mean they were committing insurance fraud."

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Local & Regional
4:15 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Hispanic Immigrants More Likely to be Entrepreneurs Than Rest of U.S.

An organization promoting immigration reform makes the case for it with a report on immigrant entrepreneurship.

The Partnership for a New American Economy points to 20 years of strong growth in Hispanic entrepreneurship as a good reason for immigration reform. In 2012, nearly 12 percent of Hispanic immigrants owned their own businesses, compared to 10 percent of the entire U.S., and the gap is getting bigger.

Scott Kiplinger with the partnership says it covers a wide range of industries.

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Local & Regional
11:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Ballad of Oklahoma Education Funding

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's been decades since Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song, but his influence continues to reach people today — people like former teacher Robertson Brown, who taught art and art history for 14 years in Broken Arrow public schools.

A big Guthrie fan, Brown was a on a Tulsa Public Schools bus to the state capitol Monday when the inspiration for a song struck.

"There's a song called 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.' It has a really neat melody, and I just thought it kind of fit," Brown said. "We maybe messed with it for an hour.

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Local & Regional
7:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

VIDEO: TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard Speaks at Education Funding Rally

Dr. Keith Ballard spoke for nearly 10 minutes at today's education funding rally. He called teachers "heroes" and urged those at the rally to go into the capitol to talk to their representatives.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard gave an impassioned speech during today's education funding rally in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
7:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thousands Rally for State Education Funding at Oklahoma Capitol

Signs at Monday's education funding rally varied from anti-Janet Barresi slogans to pro-teacher messages, like this one.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Thousands of educators, parents and students rallied for more public school funding at the state capitol today.

Early estimates pegged the crowd around 25,000, and it looked every bit as large. Several educators and others spoke, but the standout was Warner Public Schools senior Erika Vinson, who compared her education to being a flower tended seed to blossom by master gardeners.

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Local & Regional
2:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

TU Computer Gaming Expo More Than Fun and Games

Credit Heartland Gaming Expo

The University of Tulsa hosts the second annual Heartland Gaming Expo this weekend.

It’s a showcase for computer game development in the state, and there’s a 24-hour competition for teams to build a game based on a surprise theme. Expo chair and computer sciences assistant professor Roger Mailler said those skills have scientific uses, too.

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Local & Regional
2:31 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Advisory Board Recommends Goal of Zero Traffic Deaths

Credit Vision Zero Initiative

  Tulsa’s Transportation Advisory Board recommends the city adopt an approach to traffic safety modeled after Vision Zero.

The traffic safety concept began in Sweden in 1997. Its goal is achieving zero fatalities through a combination of infrastructure improvements, vehicle technology, education and traffic monitoring.

TAB member Stephen Lassiter acknowledged that’s a lot to do.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ridesharing Service Uber Launches in Tulsa

Credit Uber

Tulsa joins nearly 90 markets worldwide covered by ridesharing service Uber.

Download Uber's Android or iPhone app, and a ride is a few taps away. The app connects riders with background checked, fully insured independent drivers. Uber Oklahoma General Manager Pooneer Kant said the company saw potential here.

"Tulsa's a growing city, it's a vibrant city, there's a lot of redevelopment going on, there's a lot of young professional activity going on, and so I think that people will really be surprised at how great this is as an alternative transportation option," Kant said.

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