Laura Knoll

Membership Services Director / Webmaster

Laura came home to KGOU after a career in radio news at several commercial stations in Oklahoma City. As a Journalism student at OU, she received her early radio experience at KGOU. After graduating, she began her career at KNOR in Norman as a news reporter and anchor. Laura served as morning co-anchor at WKY in the mid-1980's, then worked at KTOK as morning news producer and general assignment reporter. In 2003 she joined the news department at KOMA.

Laura has won several awards for news writing from the Associated Press, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Oklahoma Education Association. She has previously served on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Pro Chapter.

A Norman native and graduate of Moore High School, Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1983.

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This is KGOU
2:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma Dominate Radio Awards From Journalism Organization

Brian Hardzinski, Patrick Roberts, Kurt Gwartney, Karen Holp, Logan Layden and Joe Wertz after the awards banquet.
Credit Jolly Brown / KGOU

KGOU and a journalism cooperative it leads, StateImpact Oklahoma, combined to sweep several categories of awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists' Oklahoma Pro Chapter. The journalists' organization also honored KGOU General Manager Karen Holp as its Teacher of the Year for her work as adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism, teaching students who produce a program broadcast on KGOU.

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This is KGOU
9:35 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award

The aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, the Society of Professional Journalists honored KGOU, KOSU, and StateImpact Oklahoma with a national Sigma Delta Chi award for collaborative coverage during the immediate aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado that devastated Moore.

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This Is KGOU
11:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Send In Your Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Project To Host Photo Exhibit On May 2013 Storms

An airman kneels in the Moore neighborhood south of Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

If you documented any part of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Oklahoma in May of 2013 through still photography, KGOU is asking you to share your photos for possible inclusion in an exhibit marking the one-year anniversary.

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Help KGOU
12:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Top 10 Reasons To Volunteer During The Pledge Drive

Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Like most non-profits, KGOU relies on volunteers during the busiest times of the year -- specifically, during our membership drives. We have great volunteers, and we'd like to add to their numbers -- the more, the merrier! We have a good time, even though it does get really busy sometimes.

Here's your chance to help out KGOU and the greater listening community. And so, without further ado and with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, here are our top ten reasons to sign up now:

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3:39 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

NPR Deepens Coverage & Expands Listener Experience With $17 Million In Grants

Lead in text: 
On-air and online coverage of education, global health and economic development, and racial issues will get a boost from $17 million in donations to NPR.
NPR DEEPENING COVERAGE & EXPANDING LISTENER EXPERIENCE Grants From John S. and James L.
Fall Membership Drive
6:57 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Consider the Suspension Bridge: It's Public Radio

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Manish Rai Jain Flickr Creative Commons

Yes, I'm really going to compare public radio to a suspension bridge. They're very similar, don't you think?

And not just in the obvious ways.

It's easy to see that like a suspension bridge, public radio is a connector between communities, a way to get from Here to There, a conduit for the free exchange between points -- geographic or intellectual -- that seemed forever destined to be separated.

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This is KGOU
11:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

We've Got Mail! KGOU Listeners' Comments

Neal Conan leaves the studio to an ovation from NPR staff members.
Credit Kainaz Amaria / NPR

Now that the busy-ness has abated somewhat from April's membership drive, May's disastrous storms, and June's end of the fiscal year (where did June go?), I've had some time to look over the correspondence we've received from listeners and members.

It's no surprise that the bulk of it was regarding the programming changes brought on by NPR's decision to discontinue Talk of the Nation. Many listeners were saddened, and possibly even angry, just like Kathy:

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Tornado Recovery
2:42 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Resources for Helping Youth and Children Cope with Disaster

Resources for parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and first responders, compiled by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal (PDF)

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9:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over': Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Lead in text: 
Police say they've captured Suspect #2 in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Gunfire and explosions have been heard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., and police have converged on the area. The events there follow the shooting death late Thursday of a campus police officer at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Awards
2:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KGOU Student Broadcasters Win National Honors

Meredith Everitt and Lauren Abram
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

If you're familiar with KGOU's student-produced public affairs program Assignment: Radio, then you already know we have some talented student broadcasters taking the university course known internally as Radio News.

But to banish any doubts, here's proof: In the National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho) annual student competition, Assignment: Radio reporters won national awards for their work in 2012.

A One-Word Prompt

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