Meet our writers.

Our dedication to preserving free speech, our passion for uncovering the truth, and our commitment to delivering both sides of the story are just a few reasons that The Oklahoman is recognized as one of the nation’s Top Ten Newspapers (Editor and Publisher 2015).

These are the people that make it happen.


Meet Brianna Bailey

Business Writer

Giving you the details
on everything retail.

Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern California. Bailey joined the business desk at the Oklahoman in January 2013. She lives in Norman with her husband and two daughters.


Best News Blog Writing – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015

Best Business Reporting – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014



Meet Jenni Carlson

Sports Columnist

Relaying the
complete sports experience,
from the heartbreaking
to the triumphant.

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism and has never regretted it.

Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008–10 and chair of the board from 2010‑12.



Top Three Sports Column – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2015

Top Three Sports Feature – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2015

Best Sports Feature – Salute to Excellence Awards, NABJ, 2014

Top Two Sports Column – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014

Top Ten Column Writing – AP Sports Editors Awards, 2013


Meet Jenni Carlson

Sports Columnist

Meet Dave Morris

Director of Video

Keeping the camera rolling.

Dave Morris serves as Director of Video at The Oklahoman Media Company, where he’s worked since 1996.

Morris spent two years as a sports reporter for The Oklahoman before transitioning to online efforts. He has 15 years of digital management with and

During that time, The OMC’s digital efforts have won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards (2003, 2005, 2012), two EPPY Awards (2004, 2005), a Digital Edge Award (2002), two Katie Awards (2004, 2005) and numerous AP honors. NewsOK’s video efforts have been nominated for four Emmy awards and have won multiple Telly and W3 awards.

Morris has worked in print, online, radio and in TV, working in the newsroom with CBS affiliate KWTV NEWS 9 from 2000-2007. Morris has an MBA and a BA in broadcasting from Oklahoma City University.



Best Multimedia Project – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2014



Meet Nathan Poppe

LOOKatOKC Editor and Entertainment Writer

Popping by a venue near you.

Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor Nathan Poppe is a documenter of all things entertaining.

The Middle of Nowhere is his blog and a depository of everything that makes the Midwest unique. The coasts have a massive amount of influence on the country, but everything winds up funneling its way to the middle. So Poppe scoops it up and displays it all here.

His other duties include editing the Weekend Life section and LOOKatOKC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University and has collaborated with hundreds of local and national musicians.

Poppe joined the Features section at The Oklahoman in March 2014.



Best Entertainment Feature – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015


Meet Nathan Poppe

LOOKatOKC Editor and Entertainment Writer

Meet Berry Tramel

Sports Columnist

What will he say next?

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor, and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.



Six-time Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year – National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association

Four-time KATIE Award winner – Press Club of Dallas

2009 Cleveland County Big Brother of the Year

First Place Sports Column – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2015

Top Ten Column Writing – AP Sports Editors, 2015


Meet Berry Tramel

Sports Columnist

Meet Nolan Clay

Watchdog Senior Reporter

Resident muckraker and
relentless truth seeker.

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985.

He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh’s execution.

His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers‘ compensation court.

He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU’s football field.



Best Beat Reporting – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015

Best Investigative Reporting – SPJ Fort Worth Chapter Awards, 2014

Best Election Reporting – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014

Top Three Investigative Reporting – AP Oklahoma News Editors, 2014

Top Three Government Reporting – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014


Meet Nolan Clay

Watchdog Senior Reporter

Meet Don Mecoy

Business Editor

When it comes to business,
he’s the real Mecoy.

Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman’s city, state, and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor.

He has won state and regional journalism awards for business, news, feature, and headline writing.

Mecoy continues to produce the Eagle and Beagle column each Sunday on Oklahoma stocks.



Best Headline Portfolio – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015



Meet Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Keeping the Faith.

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.

Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman‘s religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002.

She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn‘t consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as “the church lady.”

Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II.

In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (á la James Patterson), watching HGTV shows, and keeping up with the activities of her three grown children.



Clarus Award – Public Relations Society of America Oklahoma City Chapter, 2015

Oklahoma City Humanitarian Award – Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, 2014

Third Place Religion Reporter of the Year – Religion Newswriters Association, 2013

Excellence in Religious Journalism Award, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, 2012

First Place Features Column – Oklahoma SPJ Society of Professional Journalists, 2010


Meet Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

Meet Brandy McDonnell

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

BAM! Now you know.

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts, and other aspects of entertainment.

She is NewsOK’s top blogger: since 2008 her entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than one million page views a year.

Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club.

Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school.



Governor’s Arts Award for The Media in the Arts, 2015



Meet Brandy McDonnell

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Meet Dave Cathey

Food Editor

OKC’s expert on all things
sweet and savory.

The Oklahoman’s food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.

He has won numerous awards for his Food Dude column.

He began in December of 1990 and has worked in sports, as bureau chief in Norman, assistant metro editor, assistant city editor, and state editor before becoming food editor in 2008.

He hosts “Open Flame” at American Propane for, which gathers local chefs to demonstrate outdoor cooking recipes.

In 2013, his first book, “A Culinary History of Pittsburg County,” was published by History Press. He is working on his second collaboration with History Press, “The Historic Restaurants of Oklahoma City,” which is due Feb. 2016.



Top Personal columns – AP Oklahoma News Editors, 2014

Best Food coverage – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015

The Distinguished Culinary Ambassador Award – The Oklahoma Restaurant Association, 2015



Meet Ed Godfrey

Outdoor Writer

Your source for reel fish stories.

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years.

During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman, including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more than a decade and has covered some of the biggest trials in the state’s history.

He began his career at The Oklahoman as a sports writer and rejoined the sports desk in 2002 to become the outdoor writer. He now writes on a wide range of subjects from wrestling to hockey to rodeo.

He earned a journalism degree in 1982 from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree in journalism education from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Meet Ed Godfrey

Outdoor Writer

Meet Erik Horne

OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Bringing you every Thunder game,
home and away.

As the OKC Thunder Senior Reporter, Erik Horne attends every game — home and away — and brings readers previews, analysis, and recaps they just can’t find anywhere else.

Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor and producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore), first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La., located 25 miles west of New Orleans, Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern and then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.



Best Sports Blog – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015



Meet Steve Lackmeyer

Downtown OKC Beat Reporter
and Columnist

The ultimate resource for the downtown obsessed.

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which include the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city’s Metropolitan Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city’s courting of the NBA.

His column, “OKC Central,” can be read every Tuesday in the business section. Steve also hosts the downtown blog “OKC Central” and has authored four books about downtown’s history.

In 2014, he was awarded the President’s Award from Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. at its annual Dean A. McGee Awards in recognition of his coverage of downtown and its history.



Best News Blog Writing – Great Plains Journalism Awards, 2015

Best Business Reporting – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014


Meet Steve Lackmeyer

Downtown OKC Beat Reporter
and Columnist

Meet Helen Ford Wallace

Society Editor

Your guide to OKC’s
must-attend events.

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events and news for The Oklahoman.

She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a parties blog, which includes webcasts. She is an online web editor for the People/Events page on NewsOK.

She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.

She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people — if not the very first — at The Oklahoman to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late-1970s, when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.



Top Three Leisure Writing – Oklahoma SPJ Awards, 2014