Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

When COVID-19 struck the Navajo Nation last year, Zoel Zohnnie realized elders and others were unable to access water stations. So he purchased a water tank and started hauling water to them. (Photo courtesy of MJ Harrison)

Q&A: How one warrior mobilized to deliver water to the Navajo Nation

July 20, 2021

PHOENIX – Not long after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in 2020, Zoel Zohnnie was laid off from his pipe welding job. But the Tuba City, Arizona, native knew other members of the Navajo Nation were...

Roy Johnston, who facilitates talking circles as part of Native Health in Mesa, plays a drum as he sings a Tohono O’odham blessing. Although he’s a member of the Choctaw Nation, he uses Tohono O’odham songs in talking circles to acknowledge the people whose land he lives and works on. (Photo by Gianluca D’Elia/Cronkite News)

Shipping sage and praying on Zoom: How an Indigenous healing practice survived the pandemic

Gianluca D’Elia, Cronkite News July 16, 2021

PHOENIX – Angela Burks remembers hearing about COVID-19 reaching the U.S. right before Ash Wednesday last year. For the PascuGianluca D’Eliaa Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Easter holidays normally...

Alex Cameron, Washington D.C. correspondent of News 9, interviews Gaylord News reporter Libbey Dean in the Cannon Rotunda. (Gaylord News/ Vy Luong)

News 9 Washington DC correspondent Alex Cameron highlights Gaylord News program

Libbey Dean July 16, 2021

  WASHINGTON -- For years, OU’s Gaylord School of Journalism has been helping turn students into working journalists. More recently, the school has given a select few students the opportunity...

Windows at Tasty Thai in Del City were shattered in May. The restaurant was the target of burglary and vandalism four times during April and May. (Provided/Lyn Detphong)

Despite anti-hate crime bill, Oklahoma’s Asian American community faces difficulties

Vy Luong July 9, 2021

Lyn Detphong, a single mother balancing her job as a full-time nurse with ownership of a Thai restaurant, thought the worst of her struggles were ending earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic began...

Members of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City attended the opening of the Century Chest on April 22, 2013, after 100 years of it being buried in the church’s basement. Courtesy/Oklahoma Historical Society

Century Chest still offering clues to life at turn of 20th century

Keegan Williams July 7, 2021

Huddled around a copper vault in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City, family, friends, church members and historians waited anxiously to find out what had been tucked inside 100...

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden vows to repair Greenwood in Tulsa but stops short of saying reparations

Deon Osborne, Associate Editor, The Black Wall Street Times June 2, 2021

As descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre filled the seats behind a podium prepared for President Biden inside Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center on Tuesday, the air was filled with excitement, but most...

Cherokee Ballard has been the communications manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas since 2011. Her career spans a variety of experiences as a journalist, Cherokee Nation leader, nonprofit advocate and cancer survivor. (Photo provided)

Native advocate talks “new normal” after loss, pandemic

KaraLee Langford and Brooklyn Wayland April 28, 2021

NORMAN — The communications manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas said she is still adjusting to a “new normal” after both her husband’s death and the COVID-19 pandemic altered her life dramatically. “It’s...

Stephanie Bice reflects on tumultuous first 100 days

Stephanie Bice reflects on tumultuous first 100 days

Bennett Brinkman April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON - When Oklahoma’s newest representative launched her campaign for the Fifth Congressional District seat, she expected the typical challenges that go with moving from the state political theater...

OU Police Chief Nate Tarver talks about his years in law enforcement with Gaylord News reporters KaraLee Langford and Brooklyn Wayland. Tarver was promoted to the university police chief in September 2020. Miranda Vondale Foster/Gaylord News

University of Oklahoma police chief discusses diversity training

KaraLee Langford and Brooklyn Wayland April 21, 2021

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Police Department Chief Nate Tarver openly addressed the racial tension between law enforcement and people of color during a Gaylord News podcast. “We have to...

Gaylord News launched the new podcast series

Journalist expelled from Yemen discusses her travels on podcast

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — An Associated Press reporter talked on a Gaylord News podcast about her experience being expelled from Yemen because of her journalism. Gaylord News released the third episode on Thursday...

Journalists gathered for a Gaylord News-hosted panel to discuss state history and navigating the past year's public health crisis. Panel participants included (left to right) M. Scott Carter, Storme Jones and Mike Boettcher. (Miranda Vondale Foster/Gaylord News)

Panel on protests, pandemic for journalism podcast concludes

KaraLee Langford and Brooklyn Wayland April 1, 2021

NORMAN, Oklahoma — For the second installment of a special panel episode of the Gaylord News podcast “Survive & Thrive,” three Oklahoma journalists discussed what lessons can be learned from...

Like other Indigenous storytellers on RezTok, Yang often shares stories and personal histories that don’t show up in textbooks. (Photo by Jeff Rosenfield/Cronkite News)

RezTok: Indigenous storytellers find stronger voice on popular platform

Joseph Perez, Cronkite News April 1, 2021

PHOENIX – Native people across Turtle Island – an Indigenous name for North America – logged onto the video-sharing app for different reasons, but they stayed for the community, for the culture and...

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