Whitney Bryen

Topics: Vulnerable populations
Whitney Bryen has been a reporter and photographer since 2010, 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 Whitney at wbryen@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 201-6057. Follow her on Twitter at @SoonerReporter.


Ari Fife

Topics: Race and Equity.
Ari Fife joined Oklahoma Watch in June 2022 as a corps member with Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across the country. Before that, she worked as a news reporter and editor at the OU Daily for three years and graduated from OU with a major in journalism and minors in international studies and political science. Contact Ari at 405-517-2847 or afife@oklahomawatch.org. Follow her on Twitter at @arriifife.


Ashlynd Huffman

Topics: Criminal Justice
Ashlynd Huffman joined Oklahoma Watch in July after spending almost three years as a public safety reporter in Stillwater. She graduated from East Central University in December 2019 where she majored in journalism and minored in criminal justice.
Huffman has always been passionate about investigative journalism and in her first year as a journalist, she won a national award for her reporting on the lack of prosecution for adult rapes in Payne County.
Huffman also won the Oklahoma Press Association Ray Lokey Excellence in Reporting award two years in a row for her investigative work in Stillwater.
Huffman is covering the criminal justice beat for Oklahoma Watch. Reach Ashlynd at (405) 240-6359 ahuffman@oklahomawatch.org. Follow her on Twitter @AshlyndHuffman.


Paul Monies

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 Paul at pmonies@oklahomawatch.org or (571) 319-3289. Follow him on Twitter at @pmonies.


Jennifer Palmer

Topics: Education, general assignment.
Jennifer 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 Jennifer at jpalmer@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 761-0093. Follow her on Twitter at @jpalmerOKC.


Lionel Ramos

Topics: Race and equity
Lionel Ramos joined Oklahoma Watch in June 2021 as a corps member with Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across the country. He is a recent Texas State University graduate with a major in English–Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism. Contact Lionel at (405) 905-9953 or lramos@oklahomawatch.org. Follow him on Twitter at @LionelRamos21.


Keaton Ross

Topic: Criminal justice.
Keaton Ross joined Oklahoma Watch in June 2020 as a corps member with Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across the country. He is a spring 2020 graduate of Oklahoma Christian College, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science; he served as editor of The Talon, the student newspaper there. Ross’ reporting on an admissions counselor who led a racist activity at a high school was cited by several national news organizations, including The New York Times. He has interned at The Oklahoman and The Norman Transcript. Reach Keaton at kross@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 831-9753. Follow him on Twitter at @keaton_ross.


Mike Sherman

Executive Editor
Mike Sherman joined Oklahoma Watch in June 2020 after spending four years as sports editor of the Tampa Bay Times. He spent 24 years as a sports writer and sports editor for The Oklahoman. He previously served as an assistant city editor for The Tennessean in Nashville, overseeing coverage of topics such as growth and the environment, medical health, higher education, religion, diversity and the media. He also worked as a sports editor in Utica, N.Y., and a news reporter/columnist in West Chester, Pa. Reach Mike at msherman@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 990-0352. Follow him on Twitter at @mikesherman.


Ted Streuli

Executive Director
Ted Streuli has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years at newspapers in California, Texas and Oklahoma. He served as the editor of The Journal Record in Oklahoma City from 2004 to 2018. Streuli is a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association and winner of numerous journalism awards, including the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ Will Rogers Award for Humanitarianism and the Carter Bradley First Amendment Award from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. His work in mental health was recognized nationally by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in 2016. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma and Peaceful Family Solutions. Reach Ted at tstreuli@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 594-2429. Follow him on Twitter at @streuli.


Shaun Witt

Director of Audience Development
Shaun joined Oklahoma Watch in March 2022 after spending seven years with BridgeTower Media as Regional Marketing Manager. A native Oklahoman, he also spent 16 years in Chicago. For six of those, he worked as Marketing/Promotion Director and Executive Producer at ESPN Radio Chicago. Shaun also regularly works with AutismOklahoma and The Pride of Piedmont band boosters. Reach Shaun at switt@oklahomawatch.org or 405-824-1469. Follow him on Twitter at @Shaun_Witt


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