Ben Fenwick

News Director

Ben has reported on major news stories in Oklahoma and worldwide over the past 20 years, covering Timothy McVeigh and the Murrah Federal Building bombing, embedding with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, reporting on Oklahoma native Bradley Manning and the Wikileaks investigation, and on the aftermath of the 2013 tornado in Moore.

He has written for Reuters, The New York Times and Playboy, as well as for Oklahoma Today magazine and the Oklahoma Gazette. Ben’s work has won numerous awards for investigative and enterprise reporting, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Ben earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and worked at KGOU once before, as a news reporter in the early 1990s.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Colleagues Reflect On Gov. Henry Bellmon's Education Legacy

Henry Bellmon, Oklahoma's 18th and 23rd governor and two-term U.S. Senator
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s first Republican governor is considered an architect of the state’s hallmark education movement.

Both opponents and allies of Henry Bellmon described him as the moving force for the 1990 passage of House Bill 1017 that mandated better teacher pay, smaller class sizes and curriculum reform.

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Oklahoma News
4:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Police: Beheading Suspect Attacked "At Random"

The FBI is being asked by local police to help investigate Alton Nolen, accused of beheading a coworker Thursday.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Moore police have asked the FBI to help investigate the background of a man accused of beheading a coworker at a plant from which he was being fired.

Police say suspect Alton Nolen had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, and have asked the FBI to join in investigating him. However, the department tells MSNBC that investigators do not believe the act was related to the kind ISIS has been conducting in the Middle East.

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Oklahoma News
3:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Moore Beheading Suspect Has Assault Record

Alton Nolen's prison photograph
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Updated at 3:10 p.m.

A man police allege beheaded a woman at a Moore food distribution center late Thursday has a lengthy criminal record and a history of assault, according to court records.

At a press conference Friday morning, police spokesman Jeremy Lewis also said suspect Alton Nolen was in the process of being terminated. 

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ecapitol
2:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Oklahoma Youths Not Fit For Military

The majority of Oklahoma youths are unfit for military duty, according to a recent study.
Credit US Army Africa / Flickr.com

Nearly three out of four young Oklahomans are ineligible for military service for reasons related to obesity, lack of education or having a criminal record, a new study shows.

That percentage of ineligibility is the 14th highest in the country. The report was published by Mission: Readiness, a group composed of 450 retired generals and admirals who are championing the White House’s nutrition reform efforts as a way to combat obesity.

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Oklahoma Voices
1:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Fiscal Panelists: Anemic Education Funding May Cost Jobs

Part 1 of an ongoing series of Oklahoma Policy Institute panel discussions.
Credit Oklahoma Policy Institute

  

Education is a core service of Oklahoma’s state government, is woefully underfunded, and will cost the state future jobs if not addressed soon.

That’s the message of some panelists convened by the Oklahoma Policy Institute last month, which discussed Oklahoma’s burgeoning fiscal challenges.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Finding A Way To Finish AICCM Could Be On Hold Until After November Elections

Boosters of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum are hopeful the coming election and legislative session could bring the funds to finish the project.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Time stretches on for the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near downtown Oklahoma City. The silvery struts jut up into the sky, the grass grows on the Cahokia-style mound and the river runs past the site, just north of the intersection of Interstates 40 and 35.

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Religion
7:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Interfaith Leaders Speak Out Against Lawmaker's Islam Remarks

Oklahoma City University professor of Islamic Studies and Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City Imam Imad Enchassi speaking during a press conference Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Ben Fenwick KGOU

Muslim, Christian and Jewish community leaders held a press conference Wednesday in front of the state Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City.

The speakers condemned comments by state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), who earlier this week called Muslims "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out."

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Education
11:09 am
Wed September 17, 2014

OU Mulls Additional Storm Shelters

The University of Oklahoma is considering building additional storm shelters for student housing.
Credit benchilada / Flickr Creative Commons

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents plans to discuss construction of storm shelters at its regular meeting Thursday.

In a release this week, the university said the board will consider a recommendation for the design and construction management services for three above-ground storm-hardened shelters for residents of the university's student housing facility apartment complexes: Traditions Square-East, Traditions Square-West and Kraettli Apartments.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice To Oklahoma Audience: 'There Is Value To Failure'

OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, OU President David L. Boren and OU Regent Bill Burgess at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on September 12, 2014
Credit University of Oklahoma College of Law

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told University of Oklahoma College of Law students that adversity and even failure are vital in building a career.

The justice finished a state speaking tour at the college on Friday, September 12, at the invitation of OU President David Boren. Sotomayor talked extensively with students, even leaving her seat on the stage to roam among them, sit with them, and take photographs with them.

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

University of Oklahoma Kicks Off $500 Million Campaign

The University of Oklahoma is raising $500 million for its 125th anniversary, set for December 2015.
Credit Tyler Arbogast / Wikimedia Commons

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced a half-billion-dollar campaign to fund new scholarships, laboratories, classroom upgrades and other programs.

The “Live On, University” campaign will culminate at OU’s 125th anniversary, December of 20-15. President Boren said the new scholarships will keep students from being burdened with debt.

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