Claire Donnelly

KGOU Morning Edition Host and Content Creator

Claire comes to KGOU from WBEZ in Chicago, where she was an intern on the city desk. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. Claire has reported on street performers, temp workers, criminal court cases, police dogs, Christmas tree recycling and more.

Claire went to college at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Comparative Literature and Spanish. She’s originally from Richmond, Virginia. When she’s not working, Claire loves listening to podcasts and cooking. Follow her on Twitter @donnellyclairee.

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United States lawmakers are in recess this week after failing to pass three approaches to making the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program permanent. The DACA program protects from deportation immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The September 27, 2015 "super blood moon."
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Early-rising Oklahomans will have the chance to view a total lunar eclipse Wednesday morning.


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The NBA season is about halfway over and the Oklahoma City Thunder are not performing as well as fans had hoped.


KGOU's Claire Donnelly spoke with Jon Hamm, who writes about the Thunder for Bleacher Report and co-hosts the Thunder podcast OKC Dream Team, about the team's struggles, playoff chances and more.  


KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley outside the building.
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Restoration work is ongoing at the Oklahoma state capitol.


Recently, project manager Trait Thompson led KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley on a tour of the building.

St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, a private Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1875
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Oklahoma’s only Catholic university is shutting its doors at the end of the fall semester.

Norman water
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Many Norman residents say they have noticed an earthy smell and taste in the city’s tap water. Ken Komiske, the city’s utilities director, explains the reasons for the change.

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The Oklahoma state Supreme Court ruled Thursday a sales tax on motor vehicles is constitutional.

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This week's summer sound features members of the Oklahoma Vortex youth baseball team: Gabe, Chance, Diego, Matt, Toby, Mason, William, Hudson, Bryce, Cantyn and Braden. It was recorded in Moore. 

Oklahoma activists and residents gather outside the State Capitol Building to show solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia.
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More than 200 residents and activists gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol Sunday evening to demonstrate solidarity in the wake of the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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This week's summer sound features Tripp Hall. It was recorded in Norman. 

Juggalos from Fredericksburg, VA sell Insane Clown Posse merchandise outside their RV
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Thousands of fans of the hip hop music duo Insane Clown Posse are convening at Oklahoma City’s Lost Lakes Amphitheater this week for the annual music festival known as the “Gathering of the Juggalos.”

Ice cream truck
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This week's summer sound features ice cream truck driver Jose Mendoza. It was recorded in southwest Oklahoma City.

police sirens
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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible problems with the evidence room at the City of Purcell Police Department.

A flight arrives at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Nov. 15, 2016.
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Frontier Airlines is returning to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers Airport.

Tennis court at Lions Park in Norman, Oklahoma
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This week's summer sound features tennis instructor Frank Berry. It was recorded at Lions Park in Norman. 

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This week's summer sound features Gypsy Hogan. It was recorded in Hogan's backyard in northeast Oklahoma City. 

Flooding on Penn Square Mall's ground floor
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Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall is open normal business hours Wednesday.

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Fourth of July fireworks might not be that much fun for Fido or Fiona.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is suing more than a dozen U.S. drug manufacturers.

Jake's Fireworks in Logan County, Oklahoma
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This week’s summer sound features Marcella Meade. It was recorded at Jake's Fireworks north of Edmond.