StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU. Quinton Chandler and Robby Korth travel the state to report on education, health, and criminal justice — and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans.

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Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, St. Luke’s Children’s Center in Oklahoma City got a terrifying call from health officials. The virus was in their facility. StateImpact’s Robby Korth takes you inside St. Luke’s to see how child care providers are battling the pandemic.

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A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man as he died sparked widespread outrage last week. In response, Oklahomans staged massive protests against police violence. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler reports how Oklahoma City officials and police are responding to protesters demanding more proportionate policing of black Oklahomans.

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The coronavirus will change school next fall.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has issued a series of guidelines for schools. But will we see a statewide shutdown of schools and shift to distance learning next fall like we did this spring?

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There are signs COVID-19 is spreading in Oklahoma's county jails. Over 100 prisoners have tested positive in Comanche County and one state prisoner sent to Grady County died from the disease. But, it’s still unclear how far the illness has spread in jails, because testing is limited.

StateImpact Oklahoma has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the Oklahoma Opioid Trial from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for stories aired during 2019.

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Prisons across the United States are struggling with a rash of COVID-19 infections. In Oklahoma, two prisoners and nine corrections employees have tested positive for the disease.

StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler spoke with Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow about the state’s ability to test for COVID-19 in prisons.

StateImpact Oklahoma and KOSU are welcoming a familiar voice back to our airwaves.

Logan Layden rejoined StateImpact Oklahoma in April as managing editor. He was previously a reporter for StateImpact for six years, from 2011 to 2017.

A native of McAlester, Oklahoma, Logan graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. He then spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman before joining StateImpact. Most recently, he was news director for McAlester Radio.

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Prison is one of the most risky places to be during a viral pandemic. Doctors around the country who are familiar with prison and jail environments say prison conditions will only accelerate the coronavirus’ spread.

They’re calling on states to release prisoners who aren’t public safety threats.

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Oklahoma schools are conducting a giant experiment. Forced by COVID-19, they’re doing distance learning and trying to support students’ emotional needs from afar. But, that instruction is often being delivered without the technology that could make it more productive.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has halted businesses, public events and K-12 schools, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions have turned to virtual schooling for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

The University of Oklahoma has moved almost 4,000 of its formerly in-person classes to the internet.