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Dick Pryor

KGOU General Manager

Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.

A native of Norman, Pryor earned a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.  In 2015, he was chosen a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as an instructor of Mass Communication Law and Radio News. Pryor was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.

In addition to newsroom and station leadership, Pryor has served as news and sports anchor and reporter, talk show host, play-by-play announcer, public relations director for Oklahoma City’s professional baseball team and chief of staff for the lieutenant governor. He has provided employment law and business coaching to corporate executives, managers and human resource professionals.

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2020 is an election year, so you can expect us to deliver meaningful citizen-centered public service reporting on the races and attitudes of Oklahoma voters through Oklahoma Engaged.

Also this year, KGOU plans to focus on community engagement reporting that involves people in diverse communities and acts on suggestions from our network of listeners.

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Lawmakers now know how much money they can appropriate in the 2021 Fiscal Year budget. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss that story and more in Capitol Insider.

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On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. It had been just ten weeks since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. The order required Japanese-Americans to report to detention camps in the U.S., on short notice and with few possessions, and it was justified for national security. A young Japanese-American named Fred Korematsu refused to go and was convicted of violating the order.


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Recently, we had to say so long to StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortier. She left after a little over two years at StateImpact to take a job at the NPR station in Pasadena, California.

During her time with us, Jackie achieved national recognition for covering the opioid trial in Cleveland County.

It’s a testament to Jackie, and the quality of reporting at StateImpact, that she went directly from here to the number two media market in the U.S.

After a five-year hiatus, Oklahoma is preparing to resume executions using a lethal drug cocktail. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss that story, a school gun bill and more from the State Capitol.

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The weather-shortened first week of the 2020 Legislative Session is over. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss state agency changes that were front and center in Governor Stitt's State of the State address.

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As the 2020 Oklahoma Legislative Session begins, Governor Kevin Stitt delivers his State of the State Address and releases his Executive Budget. KGOU News presents the full speech and KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the major themes and expectations for the 2020 session.

The Journalist's Job

Feb 2, 2020

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News reporting is messy. Getting facts right, connecting dots and writing an interesting, accurate story on a strict deadline is not easy.

But, the work journalists do is essential to a functioning democracy. We’re obligated to ask tough questions, push for answers and hold public officials and powerful institutions accountable.

Whoever is in power at the time doesn’t often like it when we ask them questions they don’t want to answer, about topics they’d rather not discuss, or expose them for hiding the truth.

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As Oklahoma lawmakers get ready to return to the Capitol for the start of the 2020 Legislative Session, Governor Kevin Stitt announces a new plan that would change health care delivery in the state. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss.

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When elected officials and visitors descend on the State Capitol Building for the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, they will see some dramatic changes. Trait Thompson, Capitol Project Manager for the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project, told KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley what they can expect.


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When we say KGOU is Your NPR Source it’s more than a slogan.

We’re committed to bringing you news each day from NPR, featuring Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus special NPR coverage of major events.

We’ll be following the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate -  monitoring developments every day, and breaking into regular programming when the situation warrants.

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Lawmakers will consider more than 4,000 bills and joint resolutions when they return to the Capitol for the start of the 2020 legislative session. Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what lies ahead.

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Money is coming into the state of Oklahoma from tribal gaming in December, but what to do with exclusivity fee payments from January is up in the air. eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley tells Dick Pryor the governor's office is researching the issue.


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As we enter a new year and decade, some personnel changes are coming to popular public radio programs you hear on KGOU.

Manoush Zomorodi is the new host of the TED Radio Hour, beginning in the spring. She takes over from Guy Raz, who left at the end of 2019 after seven years as TED Radio Hour host. Zomorodi is an author and also creator of a podcast about life in the digital age.  

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Tribal gaming continues across the state, even as Governor Kevin Stitt argues the practice became illegal on January 1st. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discuss the latest developments in the ongoing dispute.

Happy New Year 2020!

Dec 29, 2019
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With the new year beginning, we want to introduce you to a new local host who will be welcoming you every weekday during Morning Edition.

He’s Nyk Daniels, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Nyk started at KGOU as a student in our Practicum class and was a student employee production assistant before joining our professional staff as Morning Edition host in mid-December.

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State revenues are expected to remain steady, with slow growth, for the remainder of this fiscal year. eCapitol's Shawn Ashley tells KGOU's Dick Pryor the state Board of Equalization learned there will be $8.339 billion available to appropriate in Fiscal Year 2021, only $9.4 million more than the current fiscal year. 

Happy Holidays From KGOU

Dec 18, 2019
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As 2019 is nearing an end, we want to take a moment to thank all of you, our listeners and members, for contributing to KGOU’s success this year.

For the tenth time in eleven years, KGOU received the Associated Press Award for outstanding radio news operation in Oklahoma in 2019, and that doesn’t happen without your financial support.

Our recent year-end fundraiser brought in additional dollars that will help KGOU provide the news, information and entertainment programming that you’ve come to expect, in 2020.

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As lawmakers await state revenue figures from the Board of Equalization, state agencies are preparing budget requests, with a little help.

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University of Oklahoma economist Dr. Robert Dauffenbach analyzes Oklahoma's economy and the national and state economic climate for 2020 with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley.