Matt Trotter

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN. 

He has a master's degree from Arizona State University, where he spent a semester on the first reporting staff of Cronkite News Service's Washington, D.C., bureau. As a grad student, he won awards for multimedia journalism and in-depth TV reporting.

Matt is from Southern California, so he's slowly following Route 66 across the United States. He would have made it Chicago by now, but he's not a fan of long drives.

Tulsa News
10:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bartlett Delivers Optimistic State of the City Address

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett delivers his state of the city address Wednesday at Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:28 pm

"There are truly many reasons to say we're in the best of times," said the narrator of a video played near the end of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett's state of the city address Wednesday.

It was a visual summary of the mayor's speech. Bartlett focused on why Tulsa is now in a good position after two recessions: Low unemployment, economic development and industrial partnerships.

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Oklahoma News
8:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Federal Authorities Charge Dozens In Oklahoma Drug Ring

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan discusses the investigation with reporters.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Federal authorities say Tulsa gang members have distributed $10 million worth of cocaine from Mexican cartels and murdered at least one witness since 2011.

A federal indictment states more than 50 members and associates of the Hoover Crips have been charged with a total of about 240 criminal offenses. Authorities released the findings of the three-year, multi-agency investigation on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman talks about his "Classrooms First" education plan Thursday after being introduced by state Rep. Eric Proctor (left).

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."

There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013. ​

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Over Half Serve Full Sentences
7:40 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Oklahoma No. 4 in Rate of Inmates "Maxing Out"

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:19 pm

According to a new study, in 2012, 56 percent of Oklahoma inmates maxed out — served maximum sentences and were released from prison to no supervision whatsoever.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Study: Oklahoma Ranks 47th for Senior Health

Credit Lisa Edmonds / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma ranks ahead of only Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky in senior health for 2014.

United Health Foundation found the state’s seniors have a high level of inactivity and receive a low percentage of recommended hospital care.

Jan Figart with the Community Service Council in Tulsa said local health agencies have good plans to improve seniors’ health, "but there's no new monies set aside for this in order to make the improvements that would be necessary to really have a meaningful population effect."

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11:40 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Passenger Rail Supporters 'Cautiously Optimistic' After Sooner Sub Sale

Luke Jones Flickr Creative Commons

By early July, the 97.5 mile rail line between Midwest City and Sapulpa known as the Sooner Sub will be privately owned. Passenger rail advocates have fought the sale for years, but they’re feeling optimistic right now.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission knocked out all but the last item of its agenda in about 20 minutes Monday. After a 10-minute recess, Chairman Greg Love moved on to the topic most people came for: Discussion on the sale of the Sooner Sub line.

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Oklahoma Execution
7:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Corrections Director Releases Timeline of Clayton Lockett's Execution

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:16 pm

Oklahoma’s director of corrections released today a full timeline of Clayton Lockett’s failed execution, filling in the missing details from when the screens went down during the execution to when Lockett died.

Director Robert Patton's report said Lockett was tased earlier in the day for refusing to be restrained and was treated for a self-inflicted cut on his right arm. He also refused food and visits with his attorneys.

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Death Penalty
7:34 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Execution Of Clayton Lockett Botched; Charles Warner Granted Stay By Fallin, DOC Director

Corrections Director Robert Patton addresses reporters Tuesday after a failed attempt to execute convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.
Matt Trotter Public Radio Tulsa

Oklahoma's execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett has failed. 

Corrections Director Robert Patton attributed it to a "vein failure" that prevented the chemicals from making into his system properly. 

In a statement shortly before 7:30 p.m., Patton said Lockett died of a "massive heart attack" at 7:06 p.m.

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Oklahoma Politics
7:37 am
Fri April 25, 2014

VIDEO: T.W. Shannon Speaks at Liberty Rally in Tulsa

Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon speaks to the crowd Thursday evening at his rally in Tulsa. He has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 9:54 pm

T.W. Shannon's Senate campaign takes off with a rally in Tulsa, and based on his remarks it will be hard for the other six Republican candidates to be on his right.

In his 16-minute speech to the hundreds in attendance, Shannon Railed against the Affordable Care Act and the NSA, stated his unequivocal support for Hobby Lobby and called for vastly reducing the size of the federal government.

Shannon has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, all of whom spoke at the rally.

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