Karen Holp

General Manager

Karen earned her Master (1974) and Bachelor (1972) degrees from the University of Akron in Ohio, and has worked as Program Director at WMRA-FM, James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia and WUIS-FM, University of Illinois at Springfield. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1979 to become General Manager of KRWG-FM.

Karen became an Oklahoman in 1988 when she came to the University of Oklahoma as the General Manager of KGOU Radio. Karen also holds the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and teaches Radio News each semester that results in Assignment: Radio, heard biweekly on Sundays at noon during the regular semesters. She is also faculty of record for other practicum and internship opportunities through OU School of Journalism.

Karen is very active in public radio affairs: she has served a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio from 1988-1994, and has been a participant on a wide variety of panels and committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and others. Karen is the past Treasurer of Western States Public Radio and currently Chair of the Board of Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of Freedom of Information Oklahoma, an organization that works to preserve the First Amendment. She is a long-time board member of Jazz in June, Inc. in Norman that presents free jazz concerts each June.  She previously has served on the board of Neighborhood Alliance, Inc. in Oklahoma City.

Of late, KGOU joined with the other public broadcasting entities in Oklahoma to form the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange.  Karen was elected Chair for fiscal year 2012 and again for 2013. OPME is working to collaborate on projects of mutual interest that further the public service mission of public broadcasting.

Karen was recognized in 2004 by the Norman Arts Council as "Businessperson in the Arts and Humanities."  In 2005, Karen received a Governor's Arts Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. Karen was recognized by the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as "Teacher of the Year" in 2014.

 

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4:25 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland

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A quarter of Oklahoma, including the panhandle, and neighboring counties in Kansas and Texas are rated as being in "exceptional drought," the driest category on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor—a status so dry that farmers express relief whenever their standing moves incrementally up a notch to "extreme drought."
Four years into an unrelentingly mean, hot drought, a new Dust Bowl engulfs the same region that was the geographic heart of the original.
Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun May 18, 2014

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma Receive National Award

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for journalism excellence.
Credit Society of Professional Journalists

May 18, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma will receive a national award on June 20th. But first a little background.

Three years ago, the public radio and television stations formed the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange.  The first collaboration was StateImpact Oklahoma, led by KGOU and delivering content to all the stations. And the stations are talking to each other more, sharing more.

When the tornados hit Oklahoma last May, the StateImpact team, KGOU and KOSU coordinated reporting, some of which was used by NPR.

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8:26 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

There's Now A Run On Quake Insurance In Fracking-Heavy Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City resident Mark Myers said that after the USGS issued their warning, he called his insurance agent to look into coverage. "When you see a warning for a major earthquake in Oklahoma, which I understand is pretty rare, it makes you aware of what could happen," Myers said just after speaking to an agent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A warning from U.S. scientists that Oklahoma may be hit by a major earthquake has caused a run on insurance policies for tremors in the heartland state, adding to the woes of residents already in the firing line of devastating tornadoes.
Manager's Desk
7:47 am
Sun May 11, 2014

KGOU Wins Awards

Jim Johnson, Karen Holp, Kate Carlton and Brian Hardzinksi at the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards Luncheon.
KGOU

May 11, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU staff, students, and projects – the Oklahoma Tornado Project and StateImpact Oklahoma – together have received 59 awards for work in 2013.

There is one national win that I will tell you about next week.

KGOU received sixteen awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including eleven for KGOU and four for the Oklahoma Tornado Project, plus the Radio Sweepstakes Award for the most awards in radio.

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8:24 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Wildfires in Guthrie

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The blaze began as a grass fire and between 10 and 15 fire departments responded to the fire. Multiple homes have been lost in the fire. There are also evacuations in the area. The fire is burning near Interstate 35 and Seward Road. It is not known if anyone has been injured.
Firefighters responded to a blaze near Pine and Forest Hills in Guthrie Sunday.
Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Farewell To KGOU Students

Credit Archana Heenpella

It is finals week here at the University of Oklahoma, and it means that we say farewell to the student who have been working with us for class credit this spring. 

In the Radio Practicum class, our students were Becca Buckner, Jeremy Choat and Nick Masopust.  These three handled a range of activities including writing, announcing and producing a range content.

In the Radio News class, the student reporters were Molly Evans and Madeline Stebbins.  Their work aired in Assignment Radio, and the last episode will be Sunday, May 11th at noon.

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Manager's Desk
2:06 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Oklahoma Tornado Project Photography Exhibit

This photo by James Bokovoy is among those that will be exhibited at Leadership Square May 6 through 30.
Credit James Bokovoy

The KGOU Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center have collaborated to present a month-long exhibit of photographs called “Not Just Another Day in May.”

I want to thank the amateur and professional photographers who submitted photos for consideration.  The exhibit will mark the anniversary of tornadoes that struck several Oklahoma communities last May. The photos were curated by the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate?

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, April 30, StateImpact Oklahoma presents an important conversation on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.

Guests will include Clay Pope, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and David Engle, the Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Water Resources Center.

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Manager's Desk
8:52 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Best Wishes To Kurt Gwartney

KGOU News Director Emeritus, Kurt Gwartney

News Director Kurt Gwartney is leaving KGOU, and his family is moving to Tulsa. The Rev. Charla Gwartney will soon be the new Senior Pastor for Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa, and Kurt is the new communications director for the Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross.

After an earlier career in both commercial and non-commercial radio, Kurt returned to public radio in 2005 as KGOU's Operations Director. He became News Director in 2009, and editorial director of StateImpact Oklahoma in 2011.

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Manager's Desk
10:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Requesting Your Photos For Anniversary Exhibit

Victims embrace amid the devastation in Moore after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Next month, Oklahoma will be marking the anniversary of a series of storms that moved through our communities.  Those storms left a lot of tears behind, but also a lot of resolve to rebuild.

KGOU's Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project is partnering with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to present a curated photography exhibit dedicated to last May’s storms. 

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