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.

Ways to Connect

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Avery Marshall is a black trans man living and working in Tulsa. In the past several months, he has gone through a lot of changes - working from home with his fiancé, postponing their wedding over COVID-19 concerns and recovering from top surgery. In his audio diary, Avery talks about the worries he has even in his regular tasks – like walking his dog, Chugg – and also how he feels about this particular Pride Month.

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Liz Fletcher's husband has cystic fibrosis, so she was already being precautious when out in public before the COVID-19 pandemic. In her audio diary for KOSU, Fletcher, who is a psychotherapist, says she's worried about when she may have to return to work in-person and what that could mean for the health of her husband and her patients. 

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Following the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, north Tulsa resident Sondra Slade and her family are having talks about being black in America. In her audio diary for KOSU, Slade talks about her worries as a parent and how these events are affecting her kids. 

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The deadline to register to vote for the June primary elections in Oklahoma is this Friday, June 5.

The election on June 30 will be held for state legislators, Congressional seats and whether or not to expand Medicaid. Oklahomans can find voter registration applications online at elections.ok.gov or pick one up at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies or libraries.

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RJ Young no longer considers COVID-19 as the biggest threat to his health. As a millennial black man living in Tulsa, he says racism has – yet again – become the greatest threat to his well-being. In his audio diary, Young talks about the latest Black Lives Matter protests and how he is terrified to be a black man living in the city that, nearly a century ago, was the site of one of the worst acts of racial violence. 

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This post was updated on May 22, 2020 at 9:56 a.m.

KOSU has been asking our listening community and texting club members to tell us how they feel about wearing masks in public.

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Like many of us, Robert LaBorde's daily routines have been impacted by COVID-19 - but that hasn't stopped him from living a full life. In his audio diary, he talks about being a caregiver for his mother-in-law, experiencing loss during a pandemic and how joy can still be found when plans fall by the wayside.

Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce recently appeared on the national talk radio show America Amplified: Life, Community and COVID-19. The show explores local community perspectives and solutions to issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the May 16th airing of the show, Mayor Joyce talked about Stillwater's reopening plan, which orginally required customers to wear face masks. The mayor later amended his plan to include a strong recommendation for masks after store employees were threated with violence.

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Phoebe Butts has big dreams of being on a Broadway stage. The Oklahoma City-native moved to New York City in February, right before the city became an epicenter for COVID-19. In her audio diary, she talks about being diagnosed with COVID-19 and shares a moment of togetherness in the city that never sleeps. 

Oklahoma is one of many states lifting stay-at-home orders across the country this month after hospitalizations continued on a downward trend. Over the weekend, businesses such as movie theaters, restaurants and gyms were allowed to reopen if they also maintain strict social distancing and sanitization protocols.