Location: Oklahoma City
Topics: State Government, social policy issues, general assignment
Ben Botkin, an award-winning investigative reporter from Nevada, is joining Oklahoma Watch to cover criminal justice, corrections and other policy issues facing the state. Botkin most recently was a reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, covering the state government and corrections from the statehouse in Carson City and, previously, county government in Las Vegas, seat of Clark County. Botkin‘s work has garnered him Associated Press regional awards for investigative journalism, education reporting and statehouse beat reporting. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Botkin can be reached at email@example.com or (702) 418-6089.
Location: State Capitol.
Topics: State government, the Legislature, state issues, politics.
Brown 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 673-7466.
Chief Operating Officer
Locations: Norman, Oklahoma City
Drabek, 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 email@example.com or (405) 590-5889.
Before 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-3529.
Location: Oklahoma City.
Topics: State government, social policy issues.
Paul Monies has been a reporter for 15 years and was most recently an energy reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City. He’s also worked as a data journalist at USA Today and on the watchdog investigations team at The Oklahoman. Monies is a native of Scotland and has degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Reach Monies at email@example.com or (571) 319-3289.
Topics: Education, general assignment.
Palmer, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-2084.
Raymond 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 email@example.com or (405) 325-2783.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bess Detar is a journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of Kilgore College where she received her associates degree. She is currently studying Public Relations and is a member of PRSSA.
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.
* Dana Branham
* 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
* Dustyn Rappe, photographer
* Ashley Sanchez, reporter
* Joey Stipek, data reporter
* Farris Willingham, reporter
* Michael Willmus, photographer