Matt Trotter

Reporter

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.

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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Task Force Hears From Riverfront Businesses

Sharon King Davis talks to the River Task Force this morning.
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Tulsa's river task force heard today from riverfront businesses about the impact low-water dams would have on them. 

Sharon King Davis developed Kings Landing, a retail center on Riverside Drive south of 91st Street. She urged the task force to adopt INCOG's corridor plan, which would give guidelines for future development. 

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Market Looking Good, Especially for Retailers

One local commercial realtor said his portfolio is more than 90 percent occupied, and what's left is "problem units," such as those on the corner of a development. What used to be Ella's on Harvard Avenue north of 31st Street is a corner unit, and it's been vacant for some time.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors gave a positive overview of the area’s commercial real estate today at its 2014 market update.

GBR Properties Vice President of Retail Bob Parker says his portfolio reflects the retail sector leaving the recession behind.  

"We're 90–92 percent occupied. All of the spaces that are available in my centers are the troubled spaces: Corner spaces with no frontage or something around the backs, just weird stuff," Parker said. "So I'm kind of stuck with, perhaps, mistakes made in the development phase of it."

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Local & Regional
1:19 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

City of Tulsa Offers Help to Disadvantaged Small Businesses

Service Corps of Retired Executives Managing Director Jim Soloman (right), Tulsa Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Rose Washington, Chris Wheeler with ONB Bank, Scott DeGeer with Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers and ONB Bank Senior Vice President of commercial lending Michael Feuerborn participate in a panel discussion on banking and technical assistance at Tuesday's BRIDGE event.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The City of Tulsa hosted its seventh annual Building Resources in Developing and Growing Enterprises (BRIDGE) event today to help small businesses.

Jackson Landrum, the interim director of the city's human rights department, says the goal of the event is to "work with disadvantaged businesses in developing and actually taking off and becoming self-sufficient.

"Any way that the City of Tulsa can help them in providing that service, that's what we're here to do."

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Local & Regional
3:46 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

City Officials Consider Changing Tulsa's Flood Standards

A flood the size of the one Tulsa experienced in 1986 would likely cause sewer backup into the area A Gathering Place is being built at, shown by the light brown area around 31st Street. Tulsa's current flood standard is for a flood with a 1 percent chance of happening in a given year. That floodplain is shown in blue.
Credit Engineering Services / City of Tulsa

Tulsa city officials have started a discussion on changing Arkansas River flood regulations.

Tulsa’s current standard is construction must be 1 foot above the level of a flood with a 1 percent chance of happening any given year. The city could instead base the standard on the 1986 flood, which was 50 percent larger.

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Local & Regional
3:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tulsa Police Begin Municipal Warrant Sweep

Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen announces the department's municipal warrant sweep, which began today. Court Administrator Kelly Brader was at the announcement as well.
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Tulsa Police started a municipal warrant sweep today that will go on all week.

A task force of up to 15 officers will find citizens with outstanding warrants and arrest them at home or work if necessary. Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said he doesn’t want to put someone in jail over a traffic ticket, but something needs to be done.

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Local & Regional
2:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

National Soccer Championships Come to Tulsa in 2015

Oklahoma Soccer Association President Tom Wedding (left) announces Tulsa's Mohawk Soccer Complex will host the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship. Mayor Dewey Bartlett was among the local officials in attendance Friday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa will host next year’s U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.

The weeklong, 96-team tournament will be held at Mohawk Soccer Complex. 

The Tulsa Sports Commission has worked more than two years to land the event, and Oklahoma Soccer Association President Tom Wedding said local residents played an important part.

"Thank you to the citizens of Tulsa for passing the Vision 2025," Wedding said during the announcement. "Those funds have allowed us to recruit tournaments to this magnitude at a local impact of more than $4 million to the city of Tulsa."

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Local & Regional
10:58 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Tulsa Cuts Upcoming Police Academy By Nearly Half

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A looming budget shortage leads the city of Tulsa to cut its next police academy nearly in half.

Instead of 23, 13 cadets will start the academy May 1. City Manager Jim Twombly said the decision came so close because city officials were trying to find other places they could save money.

"It's something that we really were reluctant to even consider, but, you know, when you're scratching for that last million dollars, you've got to scratch deep," Twombly said.

The city anticipates $600,000 in savings from the move. 

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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Challenges Face Port of Catoosa Even After Near-Record Year

The Port of Catoosa was one barge away from following a record-setting 2012 with a record-breaking 2013, but officials say they face several challenges this year.
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After a record-setting 2012 and a near-record 2013, 2014 is also off to a good start at the Port of Catoosa.

A $6.4 million federal grant will cover about half the cost of rehabilitating the port's main dock. City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority Chairman David Page said in his state of the port address the project will nearly double capacity.

"The work we're going to do on renovating our dock will greatly increase our — just the capacity and loads we can manage at the port, but it will also give us a bigger variety of freight that we can handle," Page said.

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Local & Regional
5:56 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Tulsa $200,000 Behind for Winter Storm Overtime

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Workers clearing ice and snow from Tulsa streets racked up $362,456 in overtime. 

The streets and storm water department went over its overtime budget for winter storm response by more than $200,000. Street Maintenance Manager Tim McCorkell said a more severe winter caught the city a little off guard.

"You really can't tell, because the last two years we didn't utilize our overtime budget for snow and ice," McCorkell said. "I just think you need to have maybe some type of a rainy-day fund that you can dip into in case you go through it. Then you know that's there."

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Local & Regional
12:29 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Domestic Violence Services Group Plans New Shelter, Housing

Domestic Violence Intervention Services announced Thursday it is building a new shelter and transitional housing in Tulsa.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Tulsa-based Domestic Violence Intervention Services announces it is building new facilities.

Lee Eslicker, co-chair of DVIS' ReBUILDING Lives capital campaign, says the current shelter is 28 years old and no longer adequate.

"The time has come to build a new shelter and transitional housing that will allow DVIS to serve more clients and house them in a place that is safe and secure and allow them to rebuild their lives," Eslicker said.

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