Staff

Trevor Brown
Staff Reporter
Location: State Capitol.
Topics: State government, the Legislature, state issues, politics.
Trevor BrownBrown  has covered state and local politics for nearly a decade. He spent five years as the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s statehouse reporter and previously covered state issues for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s chain of newspapers in Oklahoma. He was the city/county government reporter for the Staunton News Leader in Virginia. Brown received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Indiana University, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student. He was a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star and an intern at the Evansville Courier & Press. Reach Brown at tbrown@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 673-7466.

Mollie Bryant
Staff Reporter
Bryant comes to Oklahoma Watch after serving as the state investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where her work called attention to misuse of funds, criminal justice issues and systemic problems with the state’s campaign finance laws. Bryant began her career in the Texas Panhandle, where she was an education and enterprise reporter for The Amarillo Globe-News. In Amarillo, her stories led to the testing of one of the largest rape kit backlogs in Texas and administrative changes within the local police department. Reach Bryant at mbryant@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 990-0988​.

Dena Drabek
Chief Operating Officer
Locations: Norman, Oklahoma City
Dena Drabek Photo -croppedDrabek, a native Oklahoman and former television journalist, leads Oklahoma Watch’s efforts in financial development, marketing and public engagement. Her background as a communications professional includes experience with corporate, nonprofit, government and public affairs in Oklahoma and Washington D.C. She holds degrees in journalism and administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma. Drabek began her career as a television reporter in Ardmore and Fayetteville, Ark. Reach Drabek at ddrabek@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 325-8654.

David Fritze
Executive Editor
Location: Norman.
David Fritze - Aug 2014Before joining Oklahoma Watch in 2012, Fritze worked at The Arizona Republic for 20 years in various positions, including business, metro and national editor, as well as a senior reporter. As a senior editor, he led a team of reporters who produced enterprise and investigative stories on public money, K-12 and higher education, transportation, public health, immigration and criminal justice. Before joining The Republic, he was a reporter at the Dallas Times Herald and, previously, a writer and editor at Oklahoma Monthly magazine. He grew up in Oklahoma City, received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma journalism school and worked for several Oklahoma newspapers. He spent a year in Ecuador on a Rotary Foundation journalism fellowship. Reach Fritze at dfritze@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 325-3529.

Brad Gibson
Radio Reporter
Location: Tulsa.
Topics: General assignment.
Brad GibsonGibson is a Oklahoma native with more than 35 years of journalism experience. He began his career as an editor and photographer with the Tulsa World at age 16, covering a famous Girl Scout murder trial in 1979. He transitioned to television and radio news, working at KJRH-TV, KOTV-TV and KRMG Radio in Tulsa. He worked for UPI Radio and AP radio in Washington, DC and London, covering the fall of communism in eastern Europe from 1989 to 1991, the Bosnian War and the Gulf War in the early 1990s. He  returned to the U.S. to work as assistant news director at AOL News in Washington. Since then, he has worked at various news organizations, including BBC Radio, USA Radio News, CBS Radio, NBC Radio and Westwood One Radio as a producer and editor. Reach Gibson at bradg60@mac.com or (918) 691-3420.

Evie Holzer
Public Relations Consultant
Location: Oklahoma City.
Evie Holzer face photoHolzer assists with planning and implementation of Oklahoma Watch PR strategies and special events. Prior to becoming a consultant, she was the director of public affairs at the OU College of Law, where she managed communications to engage alumni, donors and prospective students. She has also worked as an account supervisor with Saxum Public Relations in Oklahoma City and a public communications specialist for Pasco County tourism in New Port Richey, Fla. She graduated from the OU journalism college with honors in 2003. She is a former Oklahoma Daily writer and Sooner yearbook editor. She has interned with Southern Living, D Home, Oklahoma Today and World Literature Today.

Jennifer Palmer
Staff Reporter
Location: Norman.
Topics: Education, general assignment.
Jennifer PalmerPalmer, who covers education for Oklahoma Watch,  has more than a decade of experience in news reporting. She started her career at a scrappy weekly in northern New Mexico, covering police and courts, where her reporting led to the ouster of a prominent judge. She then spent several years at the Omaha World-Herald, covering breaking news. Most recently, she worked for The Oklahoman’s watchdog desk, where she covered criminal justice, clemency and other topics. Palmer’s work has been recognized with awards in public service reporting and column writing. She is a native of Norman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a columnist for The Oklahoma Daily. Reach Palmer at jpalmer@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 325-2084.

Jeff Raymond
Enterprise Editor
Location: Norman.
jeff-raymondRaymond is an Emmy-winning former TV producer and print journalist. He began his reporting career in Kerrville, Texas, where he covered county government and general news. He spent the next three years on the Texas-Mexico border, covering local government, education, cross-border issues and drug cartel violence for the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen and The Brownsville Herald. Raymond returned home to Oklahoma, where he covered health care and education for The Oklahoman. After leaving the newspaper, he worked in public policy at the state Capitol, which led to a job at KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City. He produced stories for the statewide investigative team, and his team’s stories won two regional Emmys and led to changes in state government and federal agencies. Raymond is a University of Tulsa graduate and has studied in Spain and China. He is a native Oklahoman and grew up in the Tulsa area. Reach Raymond at jraymond@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 325-2783. 

Warren Vieth
Contributing Reporter
Location: Oklahoma City.
Topics: Public money, health care, general assignment.
Vieth is a former reporter and editor for the Washington Bureau of the Los Angeles Times. During his 16 years in Washington, he reported on the White House, economics, trade, politics, energy and other topics. Vieth also worked as an assignment editor supervising other Washington Bureau reporters. After returning to Oklahoma in 2006, Vieth taught journalism for eight years at the University of Oklahoma. A native of Kingfisher, Vieth previously worked for newspapers in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas and spent two years in corporate communications. He received a journalism degree with honors from OU in 1977. He is semi-retired and began working for Oklahoma Watch part-time in 2011. He served as interim editor during 2013. Reach Vieth at wvieth@oklahomawatch.org.


CURRENT INTERNS

Dustyn Rappe
Photographer
Dustyn Rappe is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma City Community College, where she received her associate degree. She is currently studying journalism and is the senior editor for OU NewsCrowd. She has reported for The Oklahoman, OU NewsCrowd and the Norman Transcript.

 


PREVIOUS INTERNS

* Racey Burden, reporter
* Emily Cavallo, public relations assistant
* Carmen Forman, reporter
* Chase Cook, reporter
* Victor Henderson, reporter
* Darren Jaworski, data visualization
* Brittan Jenkins, reporter
* Mike King, reporter
* Jennifer Matthews, reporter
* Jenny Nygren, marketing assistant
* Erick Payne, broadcast reporter
* Arianna Pickard, reporter
* Ashley Sanchez, reporter
* Joey Stipek, data reporter
* Farris Willingham, reporter
* Michael Willmus, photographer