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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Nobody knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

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As we learn more about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, researchers and doctors are finding the virus doesn’t just attack the respiratory system. They say COVID-19 should also be thought of as a circulatory disease.


Oklahoma’s most populous county is set to spend the bulk of a federal coronavirus relief package on its faulty jail. The decision has raised questions about how CARES Act money should be spent.

Oklahoma has been in a nursing shortage for decades, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. StateImpact’s Catherine Sweeney reports on the unique strain COVID-19 has placed on hospital nursing teams.

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The pandemic is making the already difficult process of building a new life after prison even more challenging. Government offices in charge of issuing legal identification closed at the start of the pandemic and now they’re taking longer than usual to deliver documents many former prisoners need to get jobs.

KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have won 13 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2019.

It was a clean sweep in the 'General News' category, as former StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortiér took first and second place, and former KOSU student reporter Lenora LaVictoire took third place.

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The City of Norman is divided. The local government chose to carve money away from the police department’s budget to pay for community welfare and outreach. But, some voters saw the decision as an attack on police and are calling for a change in leadership, a police group is suing the city, and activists say they are being harassed online.


In the wake of Black Lives Matter activism across the country, teachers are re-emphasizing their role in leading discussions about racial justice. StateImpact’s Robby Korth spoke with Tulsa Public Schools Manager of Equity Content Denita White and Hawthorne Elementary School third grade teacher Katherine Maloney about how to talk to children about race.

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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.