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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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David Boren served as president of the University of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2018.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

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.
Ashley Landis / AP Photo

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. 

City of Norman

All four “Go Norman 2020” bond propositions, which consisted of city projects with a combined cost of about $120 million, failed to pass in Tuesday’s county election. 

The $59.4 million indoor multi-sport and aquatic facility is the most expensive part of the Go Norman 2020 bond propositions that will be voted on by Norman residents on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
City of Norman

Norman residents will vote Tuesday, Aug. 25 on four separate general obligation bonds, referred to as GO Norman 2020, which consist of projects with a combined cost of about $120 million. 

Black children stage a sit-in at Brown’s Department Store in an effort to desegregate restaurants in Oklahoma City on Aug. 25, 1958.
Daily Oklahoman / Oklahoma Historical Society

The Clara Luper Legacy Committee and the Oklahoma Historical Society will host a virtual event Wednesday, Aug. 19 to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of one of the first sit-ins in the country during the civil rights movement in Oklahoma City. 

Unite Norman volunteers collect signatures  at a pop-up location in Norman in an effort to recall Mayor Breea Clark and council members.
Katelyn Howard

Unite Norman submitted signatures Friday in an attempt to initiate recall proceedings for Mayor Breea Clark and City Councilmember Alison Petrone. The Norman city clerk has 30 days to verify and count the signatures before a recall election can take place.  

Unite Norman, the group that’s collecting signatures in an attempt to recall the mayor and four city council members, requested an extension for signature gathering.

Former University of Oklahoma football wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, right, catches a touchdown before being hit by a Texas Tech defender during a Big 12 game in Norman in October 2017.
Katelyn Howard

The Big 12 announced it will proceed with fall sports after other collegiate athletic conferences postponed their seasons. In light of this decision, the Big 12 released COVID-19 protocols and a revised football schedule that will impact the University of Oklahoma. 


The band BRONCHO performs at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City in July 2019.
Ryan Magnani

Independent performance venues were some of the first businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be among the last to fully reopen. That’s meant zero revenue for some Oklahoma venues, even as fixed costs remain. But some of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation are supporting legislation that would offer them targeted relief. 

Senate Candidate Abby Broyles Struck In Hit-And-Run Accident
Abby Broyles Twitter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Abby Broyles was struck in her car during a hit-and-run accident Sunday night in Oklahoma City. 

Ifechukwu Nwafor, an international student from Nigeria at the University of Oklahoma, puts away food at his student apartment that he received from a food pantry in Norman.
Katelyn Howard

The University of Oklahoma’s international students in Norman and across the world are experiencing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with resources being offered to accommodate them, OU’s international student population has been cut in half, and some of those who remain are facing confusion about U.S. immigration policy and their place in American society.