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

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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

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- A child holds United States flag while attending the Justice for J6 rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

Supporters of arrested January 6 attackers rally at the U.S. Capitol

Zaria Oates September 18, 2021

A few hundred people in support of those arrested for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol rallied at the Capitol building on Saturday, Sept. 18. U.S. Capitol police, metropolitan police and...

Maggie Nichols, an OU alumna, made statements at a judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday on the misconduct of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and the agencies enabling his actions. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

US gymnasts testify about sexual abuse by Larry Nassar

Zaria Oates September 16, 2021

An OU alumna and three other world and Olympic gymnasts made statements at a judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday on the misconduct of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and the agencies enabling...

Maggie Nichols, former standout OU gymnast, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, alongside Aly Raisman and three other Larry Nassar’s victims. (Gaylord News/Zaria Oates)

Former OU Gymnast Testifies ‘USA Gymnastics and the FBI betrayed me’

Robert Viamontes September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON -- A former University of Oklahoma gymnast on Wednesday told a key Senate panel that she was directed not to say anything that could compromise an FBI investigation into sexual abuse by the...

Native Organizers Alliance volunteers meet with candidates at the Native American Presidential Forum in 2019. From left, Jennifer Bailey, Jasha Lyons Echohawk, volunteer; Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren,  former Seattle Mayor candidate Colleen Echohawk, volunteer; and Cherie Thunder, volunteer from the Menominee Reservation of Wisconsin. (Provided/ Jennifer Bailey)

Oklahoma attorneys, advocates reflect on new Native American Voting Rights bill

Nancy Marie Spears September 14, 2021

Three people with stakes in indigenous voter rights in Oklahoma are looking to the Native American Voting Rights Act, co-introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) to help address voting and election problems...

Kevin Palomino on assignment for a story for Hispanic Heritage Month at Clips and Hips, a bilingual dance studio and hair salon in Oklahoma City. (Gaylord News/Pamela Ortega)

For Latinos, It Pays to Be Born in the USA

Pamela Ortega September 13, 2021

A chance conversation, an unsettling realization, and a pursuit for monetary equality; this is the story of Kevin Palomino and many others across the United States.  Palomino had been working as a...

Field Parsons stands on an aircraft at the Max Westheimer airport on March 24. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

OU School of Aviation focuses on securities and student well-being post-9/11

Zaria Oates September 10, 2021

Two decades ago, the Airman Flight School at the University of Oklahoma’s Max Westheimer airport trained multiple 9/11 terrorists. For OU’s Director of Aviation Eric Wydra, it is important to prevent...

The Pentagon Group Burial Marker in section at Arlington National Cemetery. The marker has the name of all 189 victims of the Pentagon 9/11 attack. (PHOTO: Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Twenty years later, families of Oklahomans killed at the Pentagon on 9/11 remember their legacy

Robert Viamontes September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON- It's been 20 years since American Airlines flight 77 was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001; three Oklahoma service members died during the attack. For some of their...

The Federal Emergency Response Agency is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

Former FEMA director reflects on 9/11 as 20th anniversary approaches

Zaria Oates and Nancy Marie Spears September 10, 2021

On Sept. 10, 2001, Oklahoman Joe Allbaugh was attending the National Emergency Managers Association’s conference in Bozeman, Montana. As director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...

Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was named chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time in history, an indigenous woman is overseeing agriculture law in the United States. (Provided/ Janie Simms Hipp)

Chickasaw woman, Oklahoma native named to key USDA post

Nancy Marie Spears September 2, 2021

It makes sense that Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was tapped earlier this year to become chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  After all, Native Americans...

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin reported he is safe and headed home after reports that he made a second attempt to gain entry to Afghanistan.

Oklahoma congressman headed home after attempting to enter Afghanistan

Nancy Marie Spears and Zaria Oates August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin reported he is safe and headed home after reports that he made a second attempt to gain entry to Afghanistan. In an Instagram post, Mullin said he was never...

Thousands of activists around the country came together in-person and virtually to advocate for equal voting access Saturday on the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington. (Zaria Oates/Gaylord News)

Thousands march for voting rights

Zaria Oates August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Thousands of activists around the country came together in-person and virtually to advocate for equal voting access Saturday on the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington. “The...

Patients are served at the Chickasaw Nation Emergency Operations Facility, 1300 Cradduck Road in Ada. Photo from the Chickasaw Nation.

Oklahoma tribes pivot to booster shots in COVID-19 battle

Nancy Marie Spears August 30, 2021

Armed with the news that booster shot guidelines are on the horizon, tribal nations in Oklahoma continue their fight against COVID-19 in a state with a low vaccination rate as another surge pushes health...

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