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

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...

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaking in Congress about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in spring 2020. Haaland is the first Native American selected to run a Cabinet agency after the Senate confirmation of her nomination to be the next secretary of Interior. Photo courtesy House of Representatives

Senate makes history with confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior secretary

Sarah Oven, Reporter March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Senate made history Monday with its confirmation of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as the next Interior secretary, making her the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. The...

Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks recently to the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. Photo by Senate Press Photographer

Stitt focuses on federal aid, McGirt and vaccine rollout in whirlwind trip to Washington

Bennett Brinkman and Libbey Dean February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt spent the past two days begging for more federal money to help the state recover from a historic winter storm. “This has been an important trip because I wanted...

BLM protestors hold flags up against the fence protecting the White House in Black Lives Matter Plaza. (By Skylar Tallal/Gaylord News)

MLK Day different with upcoming inauguration and BLM protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year might look different to  Black Americans, and not just because of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  House 99 Democrat Rep. Ajay...

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), whose Clara Luper Post Office Building bill passed the Senate, delivers her final House address on Thursday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of C-SPAN

Bill renaming OKC post office in honor civil rights icon headed to president

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter December 19, 2020

The bill to rename the downtown Oklahoma City post office after a civil rights icon is headed to the president’s desk.  The Clara Luper Post Office Building bill, originally introduced in the House...

Oklahoma's seven presidential electors will meet Monday in the governor's office at the state capitol to officially cast their votes for president. Photo courtesy Oklahoma House of Representatives

Oklahoma electors unshaken in support of Trump before casting votes

Emma Sears and Jessie Christopher Smith December 14, 2020

Oklahoma’s seven Republican Presidential electors will cast their ballots for incumbent President Donald Trump shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.   Unlike 60 years ago when a “faithless elector”...

End of term draws near as relief remains uncertain and government divided

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter November 23, 2020

Oklahoma’s House members are working during Congress’ lame duck session to help constituents with two different federal programs that could release billions of dollars in aid. The four Republican...

Kendra Horn speaks to supporters at the Tower Theater on shortly before midnight on Nov. 3.  Bennett Brinkman/Gaylord News

“We’re not done yet” Kendra Horn announces in concession

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter November 4, 2020

An emotional Kenra Horn told supporters at a campaign watch party in the Tower Theater Oklahoma City, that while she may have lost on Tuesday in her bid for reelection to second term in representing the...

Close congressional race feeds off negative energy

Jessie Christopher Smith and Emma Sears October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The financial windfall for Oklahoma City television stations is about to end.  For many viewers it can’t come soon enough. Perhaps Democratic incumbent Kendra Horn and her challenger...

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford talks with reporters about Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett and stimulus negotiations. Gaylord News / Jessie Christopher Smith.

SCOTUS confirmation battle, stimulus stalemate highlight partisan divide

Jessie Christopher Smith and Emma Sears October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was confirmed Monday night, Oklahoma’s two senators pinned the blame on Democrats as coronavirus relief negotiations stalled yet again.  Sens....

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (left) meets with Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) on Oct. 21 at the US Capitol. Fellow Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford also met with Judge Barrett an hour earlier. Gaylord News/Emma Sears

Oklahoma senators affirm support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Jessie Christopher Smith and Emma Sears October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s two senators pledged their support of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett with a vote looming late next week. Both said they found her to be highly qualified to succeed...

Clara Luper was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and is largely credited with starting the movement in Oklahoma.  Photo courtesy BlackPast.org

Renaming OKC post office a lesson on civil rights

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON -- A bill renaming the downtown Oklahoma City post office for an Oklahoma civil rights icon has been stalled in a Senate committee of which Sen. James Lankford is a member. The bill to rename...

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