Katelyn Howard | KGOU

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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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. 

The “Die-In and Drive Up Protest” attracted University of Oklahoma faculty and staff, alumni and students to protest at Headington Hall the possible dangers of reopening the campus for in person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katelyn Howard

A protest against the possible dangers of reopening the University of Oklahoma’s campus for in person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic took place Tuesday outside of the OU Board of Regents meeting. 

Tess Elliot, creator of the app nOaks.
Tess Elliot

A new augmented reality app transforms 30 locations around the Oklahoma City metro area into a virtual Cross Timber woodland in an effort to reintroduce native ecology to the region. 

The City of Norman’s Ward 5 Councilmember Sereta Wilson announced she is resigning.
City of Norman


The City of Norman's Ward 5 Councilmember Sereta Wilson announced Thursday night she is resigning. 

Signs hang from the windows of an apartment in Washington, D.C., on May 20. Housing advocates and landlords alike say if Congress doesn't extend or replace federal unemployment payments, millions of Americans won't be able to afford to pay their rent.

The federal moratorium that has protected some tenants from eviction expires Friday, July 24. As a result, eviction filings in Oklahoma are expected to increase.

Kate Hiscock / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.6% in June, a decrease from 12.6% in May, according to new data from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. 


A Norman group has filed petitions in an effort to recall the mayor and half of the city council members. 

Taken from the southeast corner of the roof of Booker T. Washington High School, this panorama shows much of the damage within a day or so of the Tulsa Race Riot and the burning.
Mary E. Jones Parrish / Events of the Tulsa Disaster/Public Domain

A team from the City of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma resumed the test excavation Monday for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation.

From left to right, Arlo Guthrie, David Amram, Joel Rafael and Hank Woji perform at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah in July 2019.
M. Tim Blake

Since 1998, thousands of people have congregated each summer in musician Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, but plans have shifted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be held virtually beginning on Guthrie’s birthday, Tuesday, July 14, and will continue on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19.

Norman City Council members adopted an ordinance mandating face coverings. The council passed the ordinance 8 - 1 during a special session over Zoom videoconference on July 7, 2020.

The Norman City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday that mandates the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Bayasaa / Flickr Creative Commons

Food trucks, firework shows and concerts are usually a common site on the Fourth of July in the Oklahoma City metro area, but some large Independence Day celebrations this year have been scaled back or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Visitors at the exhibition Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art view the "Bruce Goff" panel of the exhibition in January.
Rene Peralta

Attending a concert, looking at a museum exhibit or taking an art class are activities you typically want to get off your couch to do. 

But not during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Cultural organizations in the state are now offering those experiences online to Oklahoman’s stuck at home. 


A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative has entered into an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to build the largest combined wind, solar and energy storage project in the country. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how this project could impact Oklahoma and potential challenges these companies could face.

A woman stands in a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.
AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda

The demand for licenses to grow hemp has exceeded state officials' expectations. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses  profitable aspects of the hemp industry and how Oklahoma hopes to model its certification program on states like Colorado. 

EV Charging Stations Increase In Oklahoma

Jul 10, 2019
Electrify America electric vehicle charging stations are shown in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 501 SW 19th St. in Moore.
Bryan M. Richter

More electric vehicle charging stations are coming to Oklahoma. In this episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how this comes at a time of increased interest in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state.

A construction zone in north Oklahoma City
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Construction employment is at an all-time high in Oklahoma and has been growing at a rate of more than 5 % a year. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how Oklahoma is part of a larger national trend.