All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

RDR Originals

Andrew W. Griffin is the founder and editor of Red Dirt Report, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

OUTRAGE: Holder's OKC visit to be greeted with protesters, questions

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Liz Burleson is from Oklahoma City and has a degree in English from UCO.   She works as an Executive Assistant, Photographer, and Writer for the Red Dirt Report.

Earth Day advocates rally at Capitol to promote clean energy sources

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Uptown Uncorked: Fundraising, food, and fanfare abound

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An ex-pat Canadian who came to Oklahoma via Paris, France in 1999, I arrived with my husband just in time for the May 3rd tornado event. It was an inhospitable welcome, and decidedly uncharacteristic of the area, judging from the people we have met since then.
 
What began as a temporary stay has turned into a long-term commitment, as we raise our Y2K twins. It’s been a very interesting study of people and culture, which I enjoy exploring in my RDR pieces. As a self-proclaimed language nerd and grammar Nazi (okay, so that last title has been bestowed upon me by my kids and colleagues), my goal is to finally parlay my Communications degree into a career that serves my passion for writing.

Trinity School: The “I Can” school that changes lives

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Trinity: The best school you’ve never heard of

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Ray Dozier is the author of The Oklahoma Football Encyclopedia. He also has written for two metro daily publications and for Sooners Illustrated. Dozier also served as publicity for a local hospice.

Thunder rolls into the playoffs

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New Orleans teams invade OKC: Zephyrs vs. RedHawks, Thunder vs. Pelicans

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Tim Farley is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience, including coverage of police, courts, politics, business, education and religion. He worked as a sportswriter and news reporter at The Daily Oklahoman and as assistant city editor at the Birmingham Post-Herald in Alabama.

Major hurdles in the face of minimum-wage increase

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Transparency of gift giving to City Council members gains support

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Shannon Fields is an Oklahoma native, which tends to surprise people for one reason or another. A single mom who eats books for breakfast, she is a confirmed museum nerd and is forever attending concerts by some band no one else has ever heard of.
 
A graduate of UCO, she works as an HR manager by day. Her passion for education, history, politics, and the arts led her to begin writing professionally in 2005.

Food for thought: Cummings offers nutrition ideas as OKCPS ends meal contract

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Johnny Forada is a foodie and crime reporter and anything else that may come his way. 

Layers of delicious barbeque identity peeled back at Bubba’s Bub-Ba-Q

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Big Smokey Bar-B-Q: Possibly the most authentic barbeque experience in America

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Freelancer. Curandero. Leftist. Native-American/Mexican-American. Cristero. Overweight. DAMAGED. 2013 Plaza District Hot Dog Eating Champion.

RED DIRT RENTALS 04.23.14

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RED DIRT RENTALS 04.18.14

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Nathaniel Griffin is an urban planner who has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors since the late 1960’s. He has been involved in many aspects of both urban growth management and development throughout the country. Current projects include: an historic preservation project in a small Missouri community; and resort development in the state of Michigan. Griffin lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

What Corpus Christi can learn about planning its future from Oklahoma City

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The Urban Scene: Oklahoma City

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Mariah Harnish is a writer and reporter living in the Tulsa area. She loves traveling in search of stories both nationally and internationally, and enjoys the cultural diversity of Oklahoma and its surrounding areas.

Oklahoma shows national advantage in weather modification and drone technology

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Midtown real-estate rush creates uncertain climate for small business

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Joanna Louquet is an amateur music writer who lives in Oklahoma City. She plans to one day attend the University of Texas in Austin to study journalism and become an esteemed music writer. She has been involved in school music programs for years and hopes to one day turn her musical passions into her career. Her mother has a PHD in music education and her father is a published author and poet. It is pretty clear where she gets her interests from.

A clear distinction: Rock 'n' roll through the years

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ALBUM REVIEW: "The Next Day" by David Bowie

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John Marshall is a videographer and new addition to Red Dirt Report. As he todl us: I am almost ashamed to say I have 40 years as a professional television photojournalist, well not really! The first big story I covered was Karen Silkwood for KOCO in Oklahoma City.It has been a wild ride ever since. I was one of the first on the scene of the Branch Davidian shootout, worked in the trenches of the Texas State Legislature for 10 years, lots of national TV news and documentaries, three years as a backpack journalist for the Air Force and lots of crazy stories.

Cali’s Calling: The bond of family

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Marie Mentesana is a second-generation American of Sicilian descent who started out as a shutterbug at a very early age. Now living in Oklahoma, Mentesana has continued pursuing her love of photojournalism and has been with Red Dirt Report since 2007.

Put on your Oklahoma Tartan and join in the Scottish Heritage Festival

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Get out your armor and head over to the Medieval Fair

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Beth Nalewajk is a contributing writer and award-winning photojournalist living in Norman, OK.

OSBI to take over Warren case involving in-custody death

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Lobbying 101

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Bill O'Brien is an attorney based in Oklahoma City.

Sulphur's elegant Artesian Hotel echoes glamorous days of yesteryear

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Former ambassador addresses significance of strong ties with Israel

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Shaun Perkins is a writer, teacher and poet and now a contributing writer for Red Dirt Report. She lives in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame Museum is a treat for eyes and ears

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Milestone not a tombstone: Tulsan Ron Padgett publishes collected poems

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Penny Ridenour is a transplant Oklahoman of almost 20 years with enough red dirt under her fingernails to qualify as a true Sooner. She has been a freelance writer for that long as well and has written articles for local papers and national magazines. She is a self proclaimed Jill of all trades with a kaleidoscope of jobs under her belt including park ranger, wilderness counselor, health care, non-profits and event management.

Paula Sophia Schonauer is a contributing writer to Red Dirt Report. She lives in Oklahoma City.

Look at the flowers: Child sacrifice and racial forgiveness after the zombie apocalypse

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Silverstein determined to be part of new crop of "fresh faces" in U.S. Senate

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Smith brings a fresh perspective to Red Dirt Report by offering insightful political commentary and coverage of business affairs and world events. He also writes about things close to home, including issues involving the city council and local politics.

Recycled wastewater could help solve drought-related H2O shortage

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A long look at renter's insurance

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Kai Tancredi moved to Oklahoma City from Washington, D.C. in December 2012. 

Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, she does nothing whatsoever with the Architecture degree she earned from University of Virginia. Instead Kai prefers to busy herself with foodie matters, education activism and adopting art projects. Her professional background includes service in the Air Force, structural security advising at MCB Quantico and a long history of graphic and web design.

Oklahoma's non-voter problem

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Why we can't have nice things: Blackface edition

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Russell Turner was born in Tahlequah, OK and has lived his entire life in rural Adair County. From 2007 through 2010 he served as County Commissioner for District #1 in Adair County. Russell Turner and his wife Teresa strive to keep up on current events and remain active in the political arena. Russell also writes a weekly column called “THE CONSERVATIVE VIEW”

The Conservative View - Getting a mule's attention

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The Conservative View - A house divided

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Brian Woodward is a native of Oklahoma and currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma. However, he has lived and worked across the country in several cities including New York, New York; Austin, Texas; and San Clemente, California. He studied political science at the University of Oklahoma and describes himself as politically homeless, refusing to subscribe to any certain ideology.

Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

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Corporate religion? Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court, and the science behind emergency contraceptives

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Adam Michael Wright is originally from Stillwater and lives in Oklahoma City. He loves movies and literature and teaches at UCO and Redlands Community College. Wright is also pursuing an MFA in creative writing at UCO.

FILM REVIEW: "Noah"

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Farmer's Public Market holds 13th annual Momentum event

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About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state.  Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics.  Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans.  Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points.  We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information.

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