Kate Carlton Greer

Reporter

Kate Carlton Greer is a general assignment reporter for KGOU. She previously covered Oklahoma's efforts in tornado response and recovery as part of KGOU's "Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project." Kate also served as the Community Calendar Producer from January to August in 2013. She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, and studied broadcasting and electronic media at the University of Oklahoma. 

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Education
6:47 am
Wed March 4, 2015

History Hysteria: How Oklahoma's Teachers Are Tackling The AP U.S. History Course

Christine Bond teaches students in her AP U.S. history class
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Oklahoma lawmakers are criticizing the new outline for the high school Advanced Placement United States history courses, saying it doesn’t emphasize key figures in American history and that it focuses on a negative view of the country.

But history teachers say otherwise. Educators say they are experiencing more freedom - not less - with the new framework.

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Death Penalty
6:46 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Experimental Executions: State Lawmakers Consider Untested Gas Asphyxiation

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

After Oklahoma’s troubled execution last year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review the state’s lethal injection procedures and postpone all scheduled executions

Amid the legal scrutiny and difficulty in obtaining drugs for future lethal injections, some state lawmakers are discussing a new, completely experimental method of execution.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:03 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma's Crime-Funded Court System Leaves Many Offenders With Substantial Debt

Exodus House, a prisoner re-entry program, in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

For more than two decades, Oklahoma has increasingly turned to fines and fees from court cases to pay for the court system itself. An investigation between KGOU and Oklahoma Watch called Prisoners of Debt reveals that as many inmates regain their freedom, they’re still imprisoned by mountains of debt.

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Prisoners Of Debt
7:12 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Without Structure, Stability, Many Offenders End Up "Right Back In Jail"

Brandon Randall, 36, looks for jobs online at The Employment and Education Ministry in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Editor's Note: This is the final radio segment in a series of stories reported jointly by Oklahoma Watch and KGOU Radio.

For many convicted felons leaving Oklahoma prisons, repaying their debt to society means paying down a mountain of actual debt from court costs, fines and fees, and keeping former inmates from re-offending and returning to prison often depends on help available when they’re released.

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Prisoners Of Debt
6:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Over The Years, Court Fines, Fees Have Replaced General Revenue Funds

The Rogers County Courthouse, where Dwayne Steidley is the presiding judge
Oklahoma District Attorney's Council, District 12

Editor's Note: This is one installment of a series of stories reported jointly by KGOU and Oklahoma Watch. 

For more than two decades, Oklahoma has turned to fines and fees instead of state appropriations to fund the court system, and the debt former prisoners now face has becoming increasingly burdensome as the state has grown more and more reluctant to raise taxes.

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State Capitol
4:55 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Minority Leader Inman, Democratic Party React To State Of The State Address

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers the 2015 State of the State Address
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for the first official day of the legislative session Monday to hear Gov. Mary Fallin’s annual State of the State address. The Democratic Party praised the governor for finding focus in her initiatives.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) described his party as being cautiously optimistic following the Fallin’s call to concentrate on education, healthcare and criminal justice reform this legislative session. But the majority and minority parties differ, Inman said, on how best to carry out those reforms.

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Prisoners Of Debt
6:53 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Physically Free But Financially Imprisoned, Offenders Struggle After Incarceration

Robin Wertz left prison facing $25,000 in fines and fees for drug-related convictions. She had her fines reduced to $6,000 and expects to pay them off by April 2015.
Provided

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of stories reported jointly by Oklahoma Watch and KGOU.

Over the years, Oklahoma has increasingly turned to fines and fees from court cases to pay for the court system itself. But a joint investigation between KGOU and Oklahoma Watch reveals that as many inmates regain their freedom, they’re still imprisoned by mountains of debt. The cost shift is leading some to question the long-term sustainability of a crime-funded judicial branch.

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Oklahoma News
10:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pending Supreme Court Review, Attorney General Requests Stays Of Oklahoma Executions

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Monday morning Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for stays of execution for three Oklahoma death row inmates until either the U.S. Supreme Court reaches a decision in the state’s use of the controversial drug midazolam, or the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds another drug to use in the lethal injection procedures.

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Capital Punishment
12:21 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Death Penalty Opponents Appeal To Gov. Fallin To Halt Execution

Charles Frederick Warner
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A group of clergy leaders and civil libertarians are making a last-minute plea to Gov. Mary Fallin to halt the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma City man for killing a baby in 1997.

Holding signs that read: "Don't Kill for Me," members of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and NAACP met at the state Capitol and called on the governor to stop the execution of Charles Warner.

Warner is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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Arts and Entertainment
7:30 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Naughty Or Nice, Holiday Pet Presents Are On The Rise

Santa prepares to hold a bird for St. Nick's Pet Pics at Quail Springs Mall
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

More than half of pet owners plan to buy their furry friends gifts this this holiday season. And the National Retail Federation says the amount of money spent on pets this season is increasing – up five dollars a pet since 2013. For some Oklahoma pets, that means a very merry holiday.

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