Trevor Brown
Staff Reporter
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 or (405) 673-7466.

Whitney Bryen
Multimedia Reporter
Location: Norman
Topics: general assignment
Whitney Bryen has been a reporter and photographer for eight years, recently freelancing for The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City. She also has worked as an assistant editor and reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call in Colorado where she received multiple awards from the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Associated Press. Bryen is an Oklahoma native with a degree from the University of Oklahoma where she also was a multimedia editor for The Oklahoma Daily. Reach Bryen at or (405) 201-6057.

David Fritze
Executive Editor
Location: Norman.
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 or (405) 594-2429.

Paul Monies
Staff Reporter
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 or (571) 319-3289.

Jennifer Palmer
Staff Reporter
Location: Norman.
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 or (405) 325-2084. 


Rachel Mamone
Rachel Mamone is an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in public relations and minoring in international studies. She also works at the OU Office of Admissions and Recruitment, where she assists prospective students through the college admissions process. After graduation, she plans to work in the communications field, with particular interest in marketing and special events.

Vivian Tran
Public Relations Assistant 
Vivian Tran is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications. She is from Oklahoma City and intends to work in the marketing, advertising and event planning fields. She enjoys working with children and has interests in dancing, photography, painting, crafting and promoting events or clothing lines for local companies and friends.


* Sierra Abbott, public relations assistant
* Dana Branham, reporter
* Racey Burden, reporter
* Emily Cavallo, public relations assistant
* Chase Cook, reporter
* Bess Detar, public relations assistant
* Carmen Forman, reporter
* Victor Henderson, reporter
* Darren Jaworski, data visualization
* Brittan Jenkins, reporter
* Mike King, reporter

* Mia Mamone, reporter
* Jennifer Matthews, reporter
* Alex Meacham, public relations assistant
* Jenny Nygren, marketing assistant
* Erick Payne, broadcast reporter
* Arianna Pickard, reporter
* Mashuir Rahaman, videographer
* Dustyn Rappe, photographer
* Ashley Sanchez, reporter
* Sophie Schwechheimer, public relations assistant
* Joey Stipek, data reporter
* Farris Willingham, reporter
* Michael Willmus, photographer