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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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Cast members dressed as angels rehearse for the “Prince of Peace“ Easter pageant at the Holy City of the Wichitas on March 20, 2021.
Katelyn Howard / KGOU

In the heart of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton lies the Holy City of the Wichitas, an area that replicates Israel during Biblical times and is home to what organizers say is the longest continuously running Easter pageant in North America. The Holy City’s history spans over decades, but in recent years, it has struggled to remain open due to financial struggles.

Tim Tiller, director of security at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The head of security at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City took the internet by storm when he was tasked with running the museum’s social media accounts at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the security director turned internet star has an exhibition of his own at the museum.

Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale calls a play in an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas.
Jerry Larson / AP Photo

The University of Oklahoma’s women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Wednesday she is retiring after 25 years in the position. Coale is credited with revitalizing the OU women’s basketball program, leading the team to six Big 12 regular-season championships and three Final Four appearances.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, marijuana plants are pictured at Baker Medical in Oklahoma City. Numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show sales of medical marijuana in Oklahoma are continuing to smash records.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana market stands out in the nation’s cannabis industry due to its low barrier of entry for businesses, but the Oklahoma House passed a bill recently that would make it more difficult to enter the industry.

 Young alligator snapping turtles at the OKC Zoo.
OKC Zoo

Oklahoma’s alligator snapping turtle population has significantly declined in recent decades, but the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is contributing to the conservation of the vulnerable species. 

Chip Baker holds a cutting of a marijuana plant at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Bakers Medical, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

Many industries in Oklahoma faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state’s medical marijauna industry was an outlier, experiencing increased sales and job growth.

Ceramic artist Doug Casebeer throws a cup on the potter’s wheel at the University of Oklahoma’s John Frank Ceramics Studio.
Katelyn Howard / KGOU

Internationally-renowned ceramic artist Doug Casebeer’s four-plus-decade career has led him across the world, but his love for clay began in Norman, where he took his first pottery class as a teenager in the ‘70s. Casebeer’s career came full-circle in 2018 when he returned to Norman as a resident artist at the University of Oklahoma’s ceramics program, which he and his colleagues are working to put on the map. 

A Northern Cardinal perches on a bird feeder in Norman.
WildCare Foundation

People in Oklahoma weren’t the only ones affected by the recent record cold temperatures. So was the state’s bird population. 

Plows drive down a road during a winter storm Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

Oklahoma City recently recorded 14-below zero, the coldest temperature for the city since 1899. Meteorologists say there may be a man made reason that contributed to the rare cold.   

The Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm in southern Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma is ranked third in the nation for having the largest increase in renewable energy production over the past decade, according to a recent report. 

Curbside Flowers

Curbside Flowers is preparing for Valentine’s Day at its new shop in Oklahoma City, which helps individuals transition out of homelessness by offering employment and job skills training. 

Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

State voting laws became a hot topic among legislators across the country after November’s election despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Now Oklahoma state senators have filed contrasting election-related bills ahead of the 2021 legislative session. 

Workers water clones at Primal Cannabis, which has 50,000 plants growing on 90 acres, in Carrier, OK. It is one of over 6,500 licenced medical marijauna growers in the state.
Christian Bond

After medical marijuana was legalized in Oklahoma in June of 2018, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority had only 60 days to prop up the entire program, forcing the agency to play catch up over the past two-and-a-half years. But 2021 brings changes to the state’s medical marijuana program, including a new seed-to-sale system and quality assurance lab, and the upcoming legislative session could mean even more. 

Jessica Baker, owner of Bakers Cannabis Dispensary in northwest Oklahoma City, poses in front of the mother plants at the dispensary’s attached clone nursery.
Katelyn Howard

Oklahoma has what many consider to be the only free-enterprise medical marijuana industry in the U.S., with cheap startup fees, no cap on medical marijuana business licenses and few limits on who can get a patient card. But this low barrier to entry could lead to an oversaturated market where cannabis businesses struggle to survive. 

artscouncilokc.com

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.”
findingcarlosmovie.com

“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.
YouTube

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

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.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

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.   

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