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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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The CDC vaccine tracker showing Oklahoma’s vaccine distributions as of Feb. 15. Graphic by Jessie Christopher Smith, Gaylord News

Oklahoma vaccinations pushing forward despite record winter storm

Jessie Christopher Smith and Nancy Marie Spears February 21, 2021

Oklahoma is pushing ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination drive despite severe winter storms that left thousands of people stranded in their homes and some without electricity and running water. And the...

Cherokee Tribe details its COVID-19 vaccination plan. Source: Cherokee Tribe

Tribes preparing for vaccine distribution

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter December 11, 2020

Two of Oklahoma’s largest tribes are preparing to distribute their first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine beginning next week, with other large tribes close behind.  The Cherokee and Chickasaw...

A model of the novel coronavirus. Stigma associated with COVID-19 infection has affected how people manage their health and communicate with others. (Gaylord News)

Coronavirus stigma affects pandemic response

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter December 11, 2020

When University of Oklahoma student Leslie Miller’s niece realized in the spring she probably had COVID-19, before it was clear how widespread the pandemic would be, she tried not to talk about it.  Even...

Isabella Aiukli Cornell’s 2018 prom dress on display in Smithsonian Girlhood exhibit.  (Gaylord News/Emma Sears)

Native Oklahoma Woman’s Prom Dress on Exhibit in Smithsonian 

Emma Sears, Reporter December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON -- It’s one of the most important events in a teenager’s life, high school prom. For Isabella Aiukli Cornell, her Junior prom in 2018 was about more than just wearing a stylish gown to...

Joe Allbaugh, former campaign manager and FEMA director under George W. Bush, said political disagreement has become deeply personal, to a point he has not seen in his lifetime. This image is courtesy of a Zoom interview with Gaylord News correspondent Emma Sears.

Former Bush campaign manager offers perspective on 2020 election

Emma Sears and Jessie Christopher Smith November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma native who played a key role in George W. Bush’s 2000 White House bid said President Trump “has every right” to “fight through the legal remedies available to him”...

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...

The Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (pictured) symbolizes the 168 people killed in the terrorist bombing on April 19, 1995. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.

Militia plot against Michigan governor reopens 25-year-old OKC wounds

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter October 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — As 13 anti-government militia members await trial on charges related to a kidnapping plot against the governor of Michigan, leaders of an Oklahoma memorial to domestic terrorism victims...

A young woman observes the Activists collage on the fourth floor of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Activists include Ladonna Harris, Reuben A. Snake, Suzan Shown Harjo, and Vine Deloria Jr.  Photo courtesy Gaylord News / Jessie Christopher Smith

Murdered, missing Indigenous acts signed into law

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter October 11, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Companion bills designed to change the way law enforcement responds to murdered or missing Indigenous women have been signed into law almost symbolically by President Donald Trump on the...

Native American tribes in Oklahoma are working to increase participation in the census. (Gaylord News Photo)

Oklahoma in ‘final sprint’ before census deadline

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter September 23, 2020

As the Sept. 30 deadline for census responses approaches, a number of Oklahoma groups are working to ensure as many people as possible are counted. Oklahoma currently has a response rate of 93.8%, ranking...

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma may have been spared missing thousands of immigrants in the 2020 census when a federal judge temporarily stopped the Trump administration from ending the census early, according...

Campus culture on the University of Oklahoma continues to adapt around coronavirus restrictions. Photo courtesy OU.

Bars, parties and football during a global pandemic

Zaria Oates, Reporter September 10, 2020

When the University of Oklahoma Sooners kick off their season Saturday night against Missouri State, the stadium will feel empty,  but nearby Campus Corner will not. OU is limiting attendance inside...

Jurisdictional issues are fairly clear-cut after the McGirt decision with no federal legislation, but they become more muddled with the agreement in principle. Graphic courtesy of Rebecca Nagle, Mary Kathryn Nagle and Carly Griffith Hotvedt.

Post McGirt, the plan of action remains unsettled

Breanna Mitchell and Wendy Weitzel July 26, 2020

A small chink has emerged in the united front coming from Oklahoma’s tribes and the state Attorney General’s office.  Two of the so-called Five Tribes say they are opposed to an agreement that...

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