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.

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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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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Business Intelligence Report
6:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Remington Park Bets On New App

Remington Park racetrack and casino is providing a new app so customers can wager with smartphones.
Credit AveryO / Wikimedia Commons

With casino-goers graying, Remington Park racetrack and casino is playing the odds that a younger crowd will find betting on the races more interesting by using their smartphones, according to the Journal Record this week.

“Mobile wagering” allows casino patrons to bet on the horses from the comfort of their seat at the slot machine, at the Casino’s “Silks” restaurant, or anywhere else on the site—as long as it’s at the track. The app knows if the patron leaves the property.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Growth Is 'Goal' For Metro Soccer Programs

A member of the Rose State College Raiders women's soccer team goes in for the kick.
Kenneth Beachler Rose State College

Rose State College recently established both men’s and women’s soccer teams, hoping to kick off new interest in their college.

Called the “Raiders,” named for daring, barn-storming World War II bomber pilots; the teams compete in Division I, Region II of the National Junior College Athletic Association. But they also hope to garner interest in the college in the hearts and minds of would-be students and their parents.

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Oklahoma News
9:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Day-Only Divorce For Same-Sex Married Couple

Changes in marriage laws have caused confusion in a divorce case in Oklahoma.
Credit Marc Love / Creative Commons

An Oklahoma County special judge granted a divorce to a same-sex couple in August—then vacated that order a day later, court records show.

The case underscores continuing confusion in the state regarding same-sex marriages.

In July, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, and Deanne R. Baker filed for the divorce within two weeks of that ruling from her spouse, Julie L. Baker. The women were married to each other in Iowa two years ago

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

East And West, Health Care Expansion Spurs Growth

A new interchange has been proposed at Interstate 40 and Frisco Road in Yukon.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Where retail growth might have once sprung from a mall, progress now may be heralded by a health care facility, as shown in recent developments in both Yukon and Shawnee, according to the Journal Record newspaper.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Three Races To Watch In Tuesday's Primary Runoff Elections

StickWare Flickr Creative Commons

Two combat veterans, a contentious state schools superintendent race, and Oklahoma's first African-American female Senate candidate face Oklahoma voters this week.

Early voting began Thursday and continued into the weekend, and the winners in Tuesday's runoff advance to November's election to square off against nominees who found out their fate just over two months ago after the June 24 primary.

KGOU News Director Ben Fenwick gathered University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie, Oklahoma Watch political reporter M. Scott Carter, and eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley to discuss some of the implications of what's left on the ballot.

Here are three contests they're keeping an eye on:

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Science and Technology
3:48 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Garber-Wellington Aquifer Being Depleted

Garber Wellington Aquifer
Credit Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

A large, Central Oklahoma aquifer will be 50 percent depleted as early as 2049 if usage continues at the current rates, an updated study presented Tuesday to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board shows.

The study on the Garber-Wellington aquifer, which lies beneath much of central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Shawnee and other cities, examined the rates of water usage from 1987 through 2009.

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9:05 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Oklahoma City 'Dreamers' Recognize Anniversary Of DACA

Immigration activists celebrate the second anniversary of the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Friday in Oklahoma City.
Ben Fenwick KGOU

Activists in Oklahoma City last week celebrated the second anniversary of the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a controversial program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain temporarily.

At the gathering Friday afternoon at a bakery along SW 29th Street the group Dream Act Oklahoma cut a birthday cake and celebrated the 2012 implementation of DACA.

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