Gaylord News launches new podcast spotlighting Oklahomans living in Washington


Gaylord News launched the new podcast series “Oklahomans of DC,” which will highlight Oklahomans living and working in the U.S. capital. The series is hosted by Gaylord News reporter Bennett Brinkman. PHOTO: Bennett Brinkman/Gaylord News

WASHINGTON — Gaylord News launched a new podcast series Tuesday called “Oklahomans of DC,” spotlighting people from Oklahoma who now live or work in the U.S. capital.

Hosted by Gaylord News reporter Bennett Brinkman, “Oklahomans of DC” will highlight key differences between living in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C., as well as what experiences Oklahomans bring to the U.S. capital city and how the experience is affecting them.

“As a native Oklahoman myself hailing from Oklahoma City, I’m using this series to find and talk to cool people from Oklahoma doing cool things out here,” Brinkman said.

The first episode features George Heinen, a current United States Naval Academy junior also from Oklahoma City. Brinkman talked with Heinen about moving away from Oklahoma, how the intentionality of people is different on the East Coast, and why the shared Oklahoma experience is important.

“Oklahomans of DC” is available for listening on streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube.

Gaylord News is a Washington-based reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.