The Digital Desk


Dying Too Young: Why are Oklahoma’s children dying?

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm •  Published: April 1, 2009

We launched a project on Sunday that appears to have made in impact on our community.

And that’s a good thing, because making a difference in our community is something we strive for with our journalistic efforts in the News and Information Center at OPUBCO Communications Group.

We launched “Dying Too Young” on Sunday and have pushed more traffic to it throughout the week. The project documents the more than 2,100 deaths of children in Oklahoma over the past few years – an alarmingly high number for our state.

This project has a little bit of everything:

  • It has great reporting, led by our top investigative reporter, Nolan Clay. This project took months to organize and put together. Nolan didn’t write this piece up in an afternoon. To cover something like this with fairness and proper effectiveness, it takes months of behind-the-scenes work.
  • It has a deep database, put together painstakingly by our database editor Paul Monies.
  • It has a comments board for discussion, reaching more than 125 comments already.
  • It has gripping videos from our video team, showcasing some chilling interviews of those affected by some of the deaths.
  • It has documentation, with hundred of autopsy reports in PDF formats and bios or almost 100 of the children.

Take the time to see the reports. Then you can join our discussion and share your thoughts.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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