Staff

Clifton Adcock
Staff Reporter
Location: Tulsa
Topics: Criminal justice, corrections, mental health, poverty, general assignment.
Cliff Adcock with notepad copyAdcock is a native Oklahoman and award-winning journalist who has worked in newspapers for more than a decade. Before joining Oklahoma Watch, he was an investigative reporter at the Oklahoma Gazette, covering Oklahoma City government affairs and issues such as campaign financing, health care and water since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he covered tribal affairs and public schools as a staff writer for the Tulsa World. Previously, he was a reporter for Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, the McAlester News-Capital and the Muskogee Phoenix. Adcock received a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Reach Adcock at cadcock@oklahomawatch.org or (918)-561-1705.

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.

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.

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

Jennifer Nygren
Location: Norman.
Jennifer Nygren PhotoNygren is a marketing and public relations intern for Oklahoma Watch. A Tulsa resident, she came to the the University of Oklahoma as a journalism major before switching to public relations.  She previously was a creative consultant for Ridge Living Magazine, a marketing Intern with the OU Athletic Department and a temporary worker at Roxtec Inc.  Reach her at jenny@oklahomawatch.org.

 

Erick Payne
Location: Norman.
Erick PaynePayne is studying broadcast journalism at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has previously reported from the White House and U.S. Capitol for Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and interned at the KOTV Newson6, a CBS affiliate, in Tulsa. em>Reach him at epayne@oklahomawatch.org.

 

Michael Willmus
Location: Norman.
Willmus is Oklahoma Watch’s first student intern in visual journalism. The internship is funded partly by a grant from the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a junior in OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and has six years of photographer experience. He was a whitewater rafting photographer in Idaho and a mobile video reporter for the OU NewsCrowd. He also developed an English-language photo spread for a digital Italian publication.


PREVIOUS INTERNS

* Racey Burden, reporter
* Carmen Forman, reporter
* Chase Cook, reporter
* Victor Henderson, reporter
* Darren Jaworski, data visualization
* Brittan Jenkins, reporter
* Mike King, reporter
* Jennifer Matthews, reporter
* Arianna Pickard, reporter
* Ashley Sanchez, reporter
* Joey Stipek, data reporter
* Farris Willingham, reporter