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Katelyn Howard

KGOU Reporter/Producer

Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and now working as a reporter and producer. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.

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Arts Council Oklahoma City’s annual New Year's Eve Celebration is going virtual this year. 

Tulsa musician Branjae performs as the the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Oklahoma-made holiday movie “Finding Carlos.”

“Finding Carlos,” a new hip-hop holiday movie made in Oklahoma City, tells the story of a teenager who learns the importance of family, friends and dance in addressing difficulties in his life. KGOU’s Katelyn Howard sat down with the film’s director and co-writer Lance McDaniel to discuss the movie.

The Norman City Council discusses concerns over CARES Act funding for free COVID-19 testing offered by IMMY Labs during a special session Tuesday, Dec. 1.

IMMY Labs will receive $5.8 million in CARES Act funding to continue free COVID-19 testing through December, according to a statement Thursday from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

City of Norman

New restrictions went into effect in Norman on Monday in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This May 10, 2018, file photo shows Kendra Horn speaking during a forum for Oklahoma 5th congressional district seat Democratic candidates for the group Edmond Democratic Women in Edmond, Okla.
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Republicans strengthened their hold on the state’s politics this election cycle, flipping the only Democratic-held seat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation back to red and making gains in the state House. But for Democrats to be competitive in Oklahoma again, they will have to fight a steep, uphill battle. 

Norman Mayor Breea Clark, right, listens during a city council meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Norman, Okla. An effort to recall Clark and some council members is underway.
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The Norman City Council voted Tuesday to extend the city’s mask mandate as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state. The original ordinance was set to expire on Nov. 30, but the council voted unanimously to extend it to March 1.   

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday challenging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to allow mail-in ballots to be received up to three days after Election Day. 

Democratic candidate Mauree Turner made history Tuesday in the race for Oklahoma’s House of Representatives for District 88, becoming the first Muslim lawmaker in the state and the first openly nonbinary state legislator in the U.S.

In this Monday, June 1, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a Bible during a visit outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington.
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The white evangelical Protestant voting bloc has historically played an important role in elections in Oklahoma since according to the Pew Research Center, about half of the state’s adult population identifies as evangelical Protestant. This has generally benefited the Republican Party, but the evangelical block is not monolithic.

David Boren served as president of the University of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2018.
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Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren and former OU administrator Tripp Hall will not face indictments over sexual misconduct allegations. 

Ward 3 Councilmember Alison Petrone
City of Norman

The Norman City Clerk announced in September Unite Norman had submitted the number of valid signatures needed to initiate recall proceedings for Ward 3 Councilmember Alison Petrone, but that the group fell short of the signatures required for Mayor Breea Clark. But matters related to the recall effort seem to be far from over. 

A little girl plucks petals in the 1964 “Daisy” ad, which aired on behalf of incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson, warning viewers of the possibility of a nuclear war if his Republican opponent Barry Goldwater were to be elected.

Candidates have appealed to voters’ fears by using negative political advertisements throughout the nation’s history, but in modern politics, fear ads have become a crucial part of campaigns. They can be made quickly and come from a variety of sources, but there’s a science to candidates’ use of fear as a political tool.

A backhoe digs deeper into the excavation site as work continues on an excavation of a potential unmarked mass grave from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
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The City of Tulsa announced a second search for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre will start in October at Oaklawn Cemetery. 

In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 file photo, fans in the student section are pictured before an NCAA college football game between Missouri State and Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla.
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The University of Oklahoma Norman campus and Oklahoma State University both announced changes Tuesday to their academic calendars in an effort to avoid another possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to student travel. 

People hold signs during a peaceful rally Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla., calling attention to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25.
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Fear and anxiety have historically played a large role in politics and voter behavior, especially in 2020 as Americans face uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest and the economy. These two emotions have often lead people to engage in politics in ways that could be both beneficial and harmful for democracy. 

The Norman City Council discusses changes to the city’s mask and nuisance ordinance during an online meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The Norman City Council approved changes to the city’s mask and nuisance ordinance Tuesday night in an effort to address large social gatherings, particularly among college students, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the 1970s, the Red Dirt music scene took root in Stillwater and gave rise to artists like Garth Brooks, the Turnpike Troubadours and Stoney LaRue. KGOU’s Katelyn Howard spoke with author Josh Crutchmer about his new book that details the scene’s history and how it spread across the country.

Norman Mayor Breea Clark listens during a city council meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Norman, Okla.
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The City of Norman announced Monday the effort to recall Mayor Breea Clark has fallen short. Norman is one of a handful of cities across the U.S. already making efforts to reallocate police funding following calls for reform, which prompted the recall attempt. The group Unite Norman did, however, gather enough valid signatures to begin recall proceedings for Ward 3 Councilmember Alison Petrone.

Katelyn Howard

After over 30 years as a DJ, David Kelso has become a familiar voice to many Oklahomans. 

Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) and Robert Covington (33) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced a new initiative this week called Thunder Vote, which aims to ensure all eligible Oklahoma citizens are registered to vote, educated on candidates and issues and prepared to cast their ballots.