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 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.

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 or (405) 590-5889.

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 or (405) 325-3529.

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.
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 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 or (405) 325-2783. 


Sierra Abbott
Public Relations 
Sierra Abbott is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and is from Broken Arrow, OK. She will graduate in May 2019 after pursuing a degree in public relations with minors in nonprofit organizational studies and Spanish. Sierra hopes to purse a career in nonprofit communications.



* Dana Branham
* Racey Burden, reporter
* Emily Cavallo, public relations assistant
* Bess Detar, 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