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 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. 

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020. 

Nathan Jacob won't have a typical graduation later this month due to COVID-19 - like many students who are in their final year of school.  In his audio diary, he talks about how he works through the change of being an active student to working from home and living with his parents and his brother, Joel. 


The city of Oklahoma City is reporting high demand for the small business relief program created on March 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 600 local business owners have requested help from the Small Business Continuity Program which would help employers retain their staff during a time of economic instability.

The city found requests for program funding far exceeded the $5.5 million available.

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020. 

While many people are spending lots of time together during the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressures of work are forcing some families to spend time apart. Charlie Amos of Wagoner County recorded this audio diary on April 19th. 


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This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

Dr. Quisto Settle is an assistant professor of Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University. In his audio diary for KOSU, he talks about the challenges of living and working from home, trying to be there for his students during a global pandemic and taking time to enjoy life's little moments. 


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This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

For Elizabeth Bass, the past month has been a mixture of the highest highs and the lowest lows after both her brother and father tested positive for COVID-19. In her audio diary, she talks about the feeling of crushing helplessness and learning how to grieve and celebrate at the same time.


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This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

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.

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