August 7, 2014

Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Joins Oklahoma Watch

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M. Scott Carter

M. Scott Carter

M. Scott Carter - Slighter CropM. Scott Carter, an award-winning investigative reporter, will join Oklahoma Watch in September to cover state government and politics and the Oklahoma Legislature.

Carter, a native Oklahoman, has spent the majority of his career writing about the impact of government policy on the public.

In 2013, as a reporter for The Journal Record in Oklahoma City, he was named one of the state’s top three political reporters by The Washington Post’s blog, “The Fix.” The previous year, he won the Associated Press-Oklahoma News Editors Sweepstakes Award for an investigation of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. That award followed honors for his reporting on the sale of the Sardis Lake Reservoir in 2010 and a Sweepstakes Award with fellow reporter Carol Cole-Frowe in 2008 for a series on the abuse of a resident at the Norman Veterans Center.

Carter also has earned state and national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the National Press Photographers Association, the National Magazine Publishers Association and the American Library Association.

“Scott is a tremendous reporter and writer and will help deepen our coverage of public policy at the state level,” said David Fritze, executive editor of Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit media organization. “He knows the issues, the leaders and the people behind the scenes. He will give us insight into how policy is made and how it affects the lives of Oklahomans.”

Carter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, he earned a master’s degree from OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He is a published novelist.  In 2011, his first novel, “Stealing Kevin’s Heart,” was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. His second novel, “The Immortal Von B,” earned  the Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction from the National Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Magazine’s 2013 Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction.

He is a member of the board of directors and a past president of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists.

Carter lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Karen, an elementary school teacher, and their six children.

  • yeah. those who hired you are lucky.

  • gmkamp@msn.com

    Kudos to Mr. Carter and to Graham Lee Brewer for their excellent articles on the sorry condition of Oklahoma’s prison system! Despite the efforts of many fine men and women in those institutions, our ability to deal with this growing problem remains mired in models of the problem that can only be described as primitive. We have to rethink our whole approach to this complex problem and introduce true rehabilitation if we are to reduce the awful recidivism statistics. In order to to that, politicians have to be challenged to refrain from using the too easy “tough on crime” posture that wins votes in the short run, but does nothing but make the problem worse in the long run.