Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown

Location: State Capitol.
Topics: State government, the Legislature, state issues, politics.
Trevor 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 tbrown@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 673-7466. Follow him on Twitter at @tbrownOKC.


Whitney Bryen

Whitney Bryen

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 wbryen@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 201-6057. Follow her on Twitter at @SoonerReporter.


Jonathan Kyncl

Jonathan Kyncl

Location: Oklahoma City.
Topics: Law enforcement, criminal justice.
Jonathan Kyncl is an investigative reporting intern with a focus on criminal justice and policing. He is a journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma. Contact him at (405) 436-4546 or jkyncl@oklahomawatch.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jdkyn.


Rolando Hernandez

Rolando Hernandez

Location: Austin, Texas.
Topics: Data
Rolando Hernandez is a data journalist and intern with Oklahoma Watch. He joins via the Dow Jones News Fund with interests in reporting on the environment, health care and housing. You can reach him at rhernandez@oklahomawatch.org or on Twitter @roliereports


Paul Monies

Paul Monies

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


Rebecca Najera

Rebecca Najera

Location: Oklahoma City.
Topics: Race and equity
Rebecca Najera joined the 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. Najera graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 2021, where she was a Mayborn Scholar and editor-in-chief of the North Texas Daily, the student paper. Najera’s writing and photography have earned her awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Reach her at rnajera@oklahomawatch.org or (903) 808-0314. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaNajera42.


Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer

Location: Norman.
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 Palmer at jpalmer@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 761-0093. Follow her on Twitter at @jpalmerOKC.


Lionel Ramos

Lionel Ramos

Location: Oklahoma City.
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 him at (210) 416-3672 or lramos@oklahomawatch.org. Follow him on Twitter at @LionelRamos21.


Keaton Ross

Keaton Ross

Location: Oklahoma City.
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 him at kross@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 831-9753. Follow him on Twitter at @keaton_ross.


Mike Sherman

Mike Sherman

Executive Editor
Location: Oklahoma City.
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 Sherman at msherman@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 990-0352. Follow him on Twitter at @mikesherman.


Ted Streuli

Ted Streuli

Executive Director
Location: Oklahoma City.
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 Streuli at tstreuli@oklahomawatch.org or (405) 594-2429. Follow him on Twitter at @streuli.


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