Catherine Roberts

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter

Catherine graduated from the University of Tulsa in May, 2012, and graduated from a part-time employee to a full-time reporter with Public Radio Tulsa just a few months later. Her undergraduate degrees are in economics and English. While she has been interested in journalism since high school, starting out at the Tulsa World teen section, Satellite, and later going on to run TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian, a student internship with KWGS News ignited her passion for radio. She has also served as an intern for the nationally syndicated American Public Media program Marketplace. Catherine is thrilled to be able to work at KWGS as she begins her reporting career. Her radio hero is Diane Rehm. She was named Favorite Radio Reporter by the Tulsa Press Club at the 2013 Newsies Awards. 


4:53 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Anti-Vision 2 Group Speaks Out

Ronda Vuillemont-Smith expresses the Citizens for a Better Vision position.
  • Click to listen to our story.
  • Organizer Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, Tulsa County Republican Party Chair J.B. Alexander, City Council Candidate Twan Jones, Tulsa businessman David Oldham


Citizens for a Better Vision gathered in front of City Hall Monday afternoon to speak out against Vision 2.

The organization is opposed to both the economic development at the airport and quality of life proposals included in the Vision 2 sales tax extension.

Organizer Ronda Vuillemont-Smith called Vision 2 a “boondoggle, that is too rushed, too much, too soon, too sloppy and too vague.”

Click above to hear other voices from today’s news conference.

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Local & Regional
4:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Students Learn Distracted Driving Lessons

Edison Senior Deshannon Netters texts as she drives the simulator course. Her run ended with hitting a cop.
Catherine Roberts
  • Our story on the event at Edison Wednesday afternoon
  • Students' original anti-text and drive jingle

AT&T lets Edison High School students try texting and driving in a safe environment: its texting and driving simulator.

Many students crashed the virtual car, and learned lessons about distracted driving.

Students volunteered to sign a pledge not to text and drive, and were given extra copies to take home to their parents.

One group of students came up with an anti-texting and driving jingle. Click above to take a listen to our story, and to the full jingle.

Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

TU Students Engineer for a Cause

Anne McCoy operates the remote control as TU engineering professor John Henshaw looks on at LLH student Daniel riding the Magic Carpet.
Catherine Roberts

Coming at the end of October, senior engineering students at the University of Tulsa will be picking out their final design projects.

A lot of the finished products of those projects end up at the Little Lighthouse, which, because of its special needs students, sometimes has its own special need of devices you won’t find in any store.

The TU-LLH Partnership

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Local & Regional
4:06 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Human Services Commission Recommends Budget

State Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger also currently serves as interim director of the Department of Human Services.
courtesy Preston Doerflinger

The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services approved a Department of Human Services budget proposal to be sent to the Governor's office.

One of the priorities is the Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan, the reform measures instituted following a lawsuit against the foster care system. 

Local & Regional
11:33 am
Thu September 20, 2012

City Council Drafts List of Vision 2 Projects

Council Chair G.T. Bynum wraps up the special session.

City Council ends a special Vision 2 meeting with a tentative list of proposals for the quality of life spending.

Council Chair G.T. Bynum assures this is just a first draft.

“(We want to be) real clear to folks and making sure everyone understands,” he said, “this is purely a draft, with full acknowledgement that we have more information that we as a council want to gather.”

Further public forums this week will provide some of that information.

Local & Regional
10:57 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Bed Bug Dog to Inspect Central Library, Again

Miss Liberty Bell and her handler visited Central Library in July.

The Central Library is NOT closed, after an employee found part of a suspicious bug. An infestation of bed bugs caused a closure of the library for a few days earlier this summer. 

A follow-up inspection to that infestation is scheduled for Saturday after hours. 

“We do have a dog, Miss Liberty Bell, who is trained to identify and alert on bed bugs,” said Tulsa Library Chief Operating Officer Laure Sundborg, “and so she will be back here this weekend and go through the building.”

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Local & Regional
3:53 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Mental Heath Symposium Begins

Tulsa welcomes mental health professionals from across the country for the National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Wednesday through Friday at the Tulsa Convention Center. Tulsa’s Mental Heath Association’s Mike Brose says this year, the symposium also serves as Mental Health America’s Annual Conference.

“There’s a lot of really interesting creative ideas coming right out of the heartland, and right out of Tulsa, Oklahoma,” he said. “We thought it was time to show off our city and our state and show what we’re doing, and learn from others."

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Local & Regional
10:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Local Leader Voices Vision 2 Opposition

Courtesy Bill Leighty

Vision 2 is now in the hands of City Council—specifically, the second proposition, on quality of life. The Council is seeking input from citizens on the initiatives to which they’d like to see money allocated, should it pass in November. Those discussions should prove contentious.

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Local & Regional
10:31 am
Mon September 17, 2012

I-244 Narrows Heading East

The interchange at 169 and I-244
O-Dot Traffic Camera

I-244 eastbound between Memorial and 169 is back down to one open lane, starting Tuesday morning.

"This is another bridge deck that crews will be pouring and then leaving to set," said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's Kenna Mitchell. "We are hoping that we can get the strength we need on the new bridge deck and have traffic restored by Saturday afternoon."

On Saturday, traffic will return to two lanes.

Local & Regional
11:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

OU Offers Help with Details of Serious Illness

Tulsans dealing with a serious illness in their family might make a stop at OU-Tulsa today for some information about caring for a loved one who’s seriously sick.

An open house today will showcase a new center that will serve as a resource for people needing help navigating the healthcare system in that situation.

Palliative Care

The University of Oklahoma’s Dr. Jennifer Clarke says the basis for the practice of palliative medicine is simple.

“All of us suffer,” she said, “especially those who have to face illness.”

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