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. 

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Local & Regional
6:19 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

City Councilors Take Oath

Tulsa Municipal Court Judge Gerald Hofmeister swears in Blake Ewing, Arianna Moore and Jack Henderson. Outgoing Council Chair G.T. Bynum looks on.
Credit KWGS News

Jack Henderson of District One and Blake Ewing of District Four return to the council, while Arianna Moore joins representing District Seven.

At a special council meeting Monday, Councilor David Patrick was elected Council Chair, to replace G.T. Bynum, and Karen Gilbert was chosen Vice Chair of the Tulsa City Council.

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Local & Regional
12:59 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Family & Children's Services Seeks Holiday Help

Tulsa’s Family & Children’s Services provides assistance and support to one in six Tulsans.

That’s a lot of families in our area who may be struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. Family & Children’s Services is asking you to help out, through its Holiday Assistance Program for its clients.

“They’re all individuals in families who have financial need,” says Tina Wells with F&CS, “who are also being served in one of our programs.”

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Local & Regional
11:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Fund Audit Not Ideal for OKC Bombing Survivors

Credit OKC Bombing Memorial

An accounting firm based in Missouri, BKD LLP, is brought in to audit the Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund, which is accused of mishandling or withholding donations to Oklahoma City bombing survivors.

A group of survivors and supporters, called the Survivor Tree Committee, says this isn’t the action they hoped for.

“What we were asking for was an independent audit by Ken Feinberg,” said Holly Sweet, spokeswoman for the group, “who would come in, from totally out of state with no ties at all to anyone here in Oklahoma.”

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Local & Regional
5:23 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Fund, Food and Toy Drives Kicked Off in Tulsa

City Councilor Phil Lakin announces the GKFF grant as Mayor Bartlett and other Tulsa leaders look on.
Credit KWGS News

This holiday season, money you donate to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma could be matched by a $100,000 grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation. 

Last year a similar offer yielded a total of about $480,000 for the Food Bank.

“We were told that it would provide 1.9 million meals,” said Phil Lakin, who spoke on behalf of the Foundation at Wednesday’s announcement.

He says that while GKFF has multiple initiatives directed at breaking the cycle of poverty, the goal for this grant is to address immediate needs.

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Local & Regional
3:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Pine and Peoria Welcomes Updated Bus Shelter

Esther Ogans, Chair of the Lacy Park Task Force, cuts the ribbon on the new bus shelter, along with Mayor Bartlett and other city leaders.
Credit KWGS News

A newly renovated bus shelter at Pine and Peoria is just one step in a series of improvements Tulsa Transit hopes to make to its system.

Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright says one goal is to improve on-street facilities.

“We have something around 1,500 bus stops around town, and we have a little over 200 bus shelters,” he said. “So we’ve got a long way to go.”

He says the new shelter, as well as goals for other new shelters, fits in with a plan to expand the bus system’s coverage and frequency.

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Local & Regional
5:24 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Pop Up Shops Return to Downtown

Credit KWGS News

Is the prospect of a trip to the mall making you put off your Christmas shopping?

This year, try going downtown instead. It’s the second year for the Deco District’s Pop Up Shops.

“Essentially what it is, is these shops just pop up in a vacant space for one month,” said Libby Auld, president of the Deco District Neighborhood Association.

She says the idea grew out of the desire to keep seasonal business downtown.

Last year, five of the pop ups stayed permanently.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Hostess Employees Join Strike

Strikers hold signs and wave to passersby in front of the Tulsa Hostess factory at 11th and Sheridan.
Credit KWGS News

A new contract imposed on Hostess employees causes striking across the country.

Tulsa workers, at the 11th and Sheridan factory, are joining in.

Employees in the union representing bakery and confectionary workers, as well as employees in the International Union of Operating Engineers, are demonstrating on the southeast corner of 11th and Sheridan, and at the entrances to the campus on Sheridan Avenue and 11th Street.

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Developing
8:41 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Hijab at Center of Tulsa Banking Complaint

The Valley National Bank is located at 81st and South Yale.
Credit Google

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations  is calling on Tulsa's Valley National Bank to review its "inappropriate and discriminatory" policy that treats customers wearing religious head coverings differently than other patrons.
 
CAIR-OK said a Muslim customer at a Valley National Bank branch in Tulsa reported that she was singled out by bank officials because of her religiously-mandated head scarf, or hijab.
 

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Election
9:50 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Saturday Early Voting is Very Heavy in Tulsa

The line snakes from the Election Board, South Denver and then East on West Edison
Catherine Roberts-KWGS News

Early voting is under way in Oklahoma.

Voters could begin casting in-person absentee ballots Friday morning at all 77 county election board offices across the state.

4,000  voters lined up Friday outside the Tulsa County Election Board office to cast a ballot.

On Saturday morning, voters were lined from the Election Board, down Denver Avenue and then back east on West Edison.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  says voting runs   until 1 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday.

Local & Regional
5:37 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Third Educare Opens in Tulsa

The new Educare facility is located next to MacArthur Elementary, Whitney Middle School and Nathan Hale High School.
Catherine Roberts
  • A new educare facility in Tulsa will provide early childhood education to children ages six weeks to five years...

As of this year, Tulsa is the only city in the country with three Educare facilities.

Teacher April Clark says the Educare experience is unique for both students and teachers.

“Student teacher ratio is small,” she said, “so that allows us to individualize instruction as well as individualize our care to the kids. And we can build relationships.”

The facility, near MacArthur Elementary and Hale High School, made its grand opening today.

Educare serves students aged six weeks to five years.

Click above to listen to our story.

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