Kelly Burley

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Kelly Burley joined KOSU as Director in September 2007. Burley returned to public radio after more than four years as Associate State Director for AARP Oklahoma. Burley first joined KOSU in 1990, first as a reporter, then news director and eventually program director. During that time, he won three Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Kelly lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lisa.  He has two grown children, Clint and Kara.

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When you typically think of Oklahoma skyscrapers, buildings such as Devon Tower in Oklahoma City or the BOK headquarters in Tulsa may be front of mind. But there’s another kind of skyscraper that rises up along the horizon line of hundreds of smaller towns across Oklahoma. The grain elevators of America’s breadbasket have served as an important connecting point for the transportation of grain from the fields to the rest of the world.

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Oklahoma’s 2018 tornado season has been fairly quiet when compared to years past, especially in 2013, when multiple large twisters permanently altered lives and landscapes during the month of May in the central part of our state

One of those storms, the gigantic El Reno tornado on May 31, 2013, was the widest ever recorded—2.6 miles—and its unpredictability stunned even the experts, claiming the lives of four seasoned storm chasers, as well as 17 others.

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The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is still more than a year away from holding its grand opening concert. But as construction continues on the new state-of-the-art music performance venue, the first series of performances is already underway in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater.

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On Wednesday afternoon, teachers in Stillwater got an after-school jump on a planned statewide walkout next week.

At one of the city’s busiest intersections, 6th and Western, roughly 40 Stillwater public schools teachers and students waved signs as passing motorists tapped their car and truck horns in seeming approval.

Celeste Fox, a 26-year educator who teaches second grade at nearby Westwood Elementary School, says it’s time to stem the long-rolling tide of education budget cuts in Oklahoma.

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One of the world’s largest music festivals is just a couple of weeks away south of the Red River, and Tulsa will once again be well represented.

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture Tuesday announced three South by Southwest events in Austin, Texas. Ray Hoyt, of Tulsa Regional Tourism, says the four years his office has spent cultivating a presence at South By Southwest has paid off.

Tulsa will be tackling intergenerational poverty by focusing on the first years of a child's life.

Sophia Pappas was recently hired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to head up implementation of the foundation’s Birth to Eight Strategy.

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Today's animal abusers may well become tomorrow's perpetrators of violence against humans.

That's the conclusion of a growing body of research, and at the heart of a one-day conference in Oklahoma City featuring law enforcers, social service professionals and veterinarians.

Forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck says a comprehensive strategy is needed to break the chains of the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

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The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century will cross the United States on Monday. The last time that happened was 99 years ago, and Oklahoma was right in the middle of the path of total darkness.

One of the musicians who rose to fame in the '90s with the group House of Pain is working to transform a Tulsa house made famous in the film adaptation of The Outsiders.

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NPR CEO Jarl Mohn visited KOSU's Oklahoma City studios on Friday to get a tour of the station and meet the staff.

In this thirty minute conversation, Mohn talks about the importance of non-profit journalism, NPR's recent ratings increase, and the importance of being live and local—in news and in music.

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