Kateleigh Mills

Special Projects Reporter

Kateleigh Mills returned to KOSU in December 2019 as Special Projects Reporter, following a year-long stint at KWBU in Waco, Texas.

Previously, Mills was a news assistant and All Things Considered host for KOSU from March to December 2018.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in December 2017. While studying journalism and professional media, she worked with the UCO’s journalism staff to reinvent the campus newspaper for a more multimedia purpose – joining with the campus radio and television stations for news updates and hosting public forums with campus groups.

The Edmond-raised reporter was editor-in- chief of her college newspaper when it won the Society of Professional Journalism award for Best Newspaper in Category B. Mills also received the Oklahoma Press Association Award for ‘Outstanding Promise in Journalism’ at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame event in 2017. She is also the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association's recipient for 'College Newspaper Journalist of the Year' in 2017.

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Like many other people during the coronavirus pandemic, Tracie Verkler of Kingfisher, Okla. is not only caring for herself.

Tracie helps take care of her first grandchild who was born on March 13, 2020. She lives with three other adults, including her husband George, who is over 65 and retired from the Air Force. She calls her home "The Baby Bubble" and says keeping her grandchild and husband safe during this time is her top priority.

Updated May 14, 2020

 

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Oklahomans filing for unemployment insurance for the first time topped 50,000 last week, with 51,124 claims. That breaks a record from the week before of 47,744 claims.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the rise in claims are a result of COVID-19 related closures and declines in the oil industry.

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Apr 9, 2020

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Paul Levy has worked in the oil field equipment industry for more than 30 years. He lives in Seminole County, Oklahoma with his wife Cai. They both have parents in their 80s.

Like many other Oklahomans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul has been navigating a new normal while following self-quarantine and social distancing protocols. He recorded an audio diary for KOSU that aired on April 7, 2020. 

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OKC Parks have closed many of their amenities —including all playgrounds, sports courts and other hard-surfaced equipment.

Stacey Hamm with OKC Parks says since the closings, they’ve received reports of parents and children ignoring closed signs. She says the closures are to keep people more protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Please stay off any playgrounds or any other equipment and amenities inside city parks,” Hamm said.

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020.  

Kit Waters is a homeschool mother who lives in Miami, Oklahoma with her husband Chuck and son Berkeley. She talks about how the pandemic is changing the way homeschooling operates for her family, not being able to visit family members who are hospitalized and feeling helpless amidst a growing pandemic. Kit recorded audio diaries for KOSU Radio that aired on March 31, 2020.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has seen a significant spike in the number of people filing for unemployment insurance.

Jim Polly, program manager in the policy and benefits department at OESC, says the amount of filing because of COVID-19 was obvious.

“The week before we started taking a lot of COVID claims - which was the week of 3/8 -3/14 - we took around 1,800 claims. The next week, which is the week of 3/15- 3/21 when the COVID claims really started coming in, we took almost 22,000 claims.”

Coronavirus en Oklahoma: semana del 23 al 29 de Marzo

Mar 29, 2020

Actualizado el 29 de marzo a las 12:53 p.m. Esta publicación se actualizará a medida que obtengamos más información sobre COVID-19 en Oklahoma.

Un hombre del condado de Oklahoma de 50 a 64 años murió debido a COVID-19, lo que aumentó el número de muertes del estado a 16.

People experiencing homelessness are already a vulnerable population, and even more so during a global pandemic.

Oklahoma City nonprofits are ramping up street outreach and coordinating teams to deliver food, supplies and COVID-19 education materials to people who are unsheltered. Kinsey Crocker, the communications director for The Homeless Alliance, says the outreach efforts are critical.

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