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Robby Korth

News Director

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.

Prior to that, he was StateImpact Oklahoma's education reporter from October 2019 to November 2022.

Robby has won multiple awards for his work. He was named Best Broadcast Reporter by the Oklahoma Society for Professional Journalists, for his work in 2021.

As students returned to the classroom in the fall of 2020, Robby spearheaded a database and map that tracked publicly announced COVID cases and closures in school districts across Oklahoma. This is information neither the State Department of Health nor the State Department of Education were tracking.

For that work, the Oklahoma Society for Professional Journalists gave him the Carter Bradley First Amendment Award and Freedom of Information (FOI) Oklahoma, Inc. gave him the Ben Blackstock Award, for a commitment to freedom of information.

He grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, most recently covering higher education and other topics for The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. While there, he co-created the podcast Septic, spending a year reporting on the story of a missing five-year-old boy, the discovery of his body in a septic tank a few days after his disappearance, and the subsequent court trial of his mother. Although the story was of particular interest to residents in Virginia, the podcast gained a larger audience and was named as a New and Noteworthy podcast by Apple Podcasts.

On a personal note, Robby loves trivia games and won his elementary school's geography bee in fifth grade.