Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter

Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real voice within the stories he covers. He joined The Oklahoman's staff in September 2011 after working for the Shawnee News-Star and The Norman Transcript for a combined three years.

Knittle, a Norman resident, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied journalism.

Top Stories


  • Former Yukon FFA instructor pleads guilty to embezzlement, draws probation

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Jason Bow, 41, a former Yukon FFA instructor, is expected to plead guilty to embezzlement Friday in Canadian County District Court.

  • Oklahoma man talks about mysterious death of wife in Cole home

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A newly married woman found dead Wednesday in a farm house near Cole spent the last days of her life trying to change her name.

  • Lawton man ordered to face trial in killing of father, brother

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Witnesses say father’s insurance policy may have been a motive in the slayings of Lawton man and his son in January.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic

    BY WARREN VIETH, JACLYN COSGROVE, ANDREW KNITTLE and PHILLIP O'CONNOR | Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    While much of Oklahoma's enforcement efforts are aimed at drug-seekers, far less effort is dedicated to identifying, investigating and pursuing the problem providers — the doctors who supply the sometimes deadly dosages.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Death of former model called ‘beautiful’ disaster

    Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    DEL CITY — Sue Martin can almost recall the exact moment she believes led her only daughter into a life of drugs, prostitution and, ultimately, to a premature death inside a stranger’s apartment. It was the early 1990s. Martin and her daughter, Lorra Hilton, were living in a two-story townhouse in Florida, along with Hilton’s two young daughters. The two women were watching a rerun of “The Andy Griffith Show” while Hilton’s younger daughter played outside on her tricycle. “I think it was when ... we didn’t hear the tricycle squeaking,” Martin, 76, said as she struggled to stay composed, her voice thick with emotion. “We went outside and checked, and she was gone. She had gone to the swimming

  • Memorial unveiled in Norman for fallen Oklahoma National Guardsmen

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A memorial honoring the 18 members of the Oklahoma National Guard who have died since U.S. troops began fighting in Afghanistan in 2001 was unveiled Wednesday in Norman at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

  • 'Speed trap' warning is at center of businessman's lawsuit against Meeker police

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    A Meeker, Oklahoma, businessman who posted a sign warning motorists about an alleged speed trap in his town is suing the Meeker Police Department, the police chief and a reserve officer claiming he was arrested for no good reason and charged with crimes that were dreamed up solely to get revenge.

  • Shawnee mayor says tribe-owned grocery store has cost city $4 million

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    The mayor of Shawnee, Oklahoma, claims a massive grocery store owned by a powerful Indian tribe has served to deprive his city of roughly $4 million in sales taxes since it opened in 2001.

  • 1 in 3 state veterans center doctors has marred record

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Veterans centers in Oklahoma routinely hire doctors and other licensed medical personnel with less-than-spotless backgrounds. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs say money is the culprit, claiming it’s difficult to find suitable applicants with clean disciplinary records to work at the state’s seven veterans centers.

  • Several veterans centers doctors have disciplinary records

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    A closer look at the six doctors with checkered pasts who work at Oklahoma’s veterans centers.

  • Overcrowding is more than just a word, concept for Oklahoma inmates

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Overcrowding in Oklahoma’s prisons and jails is a topic often bandied about by politicians and activists but what is the impact on the inmates doing time in these packed facilities? In their own words, inmates talk about the state’s overcrowded jails, including letters from inmates and public records from state agencies that reveal just how dire the situation really is behind bars in Oklahoma.

  • State tax commission powerless to audit tribes, enforce sales tax collections

    Updated: Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    Tribes are required to collect taxes from nonmembers who purchase goods at their retail businesses but state officials admit they are powerless to conduct audits to find out if the correct amount of tax is being collected.

  • Oklahoma County and city jail complaints can take over a year to be looked into, records show

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Complaints made by family members of county jail inmates – which can range from minor gripes to allegations of sexual assault – can take more than a year before they are looked into by the state Health Department’s Jail Inspection Division, an investigation by The Oklahoman found.

  • City of Shawnee's 'aggressive' behavior could force Oklahoma tribe's hand, chairman says

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    After years of maneuvering and a visionary sense of planning, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett said he is planning to begin the process of forming a new city in Oklahoma.

  • Shawnee-based Indian tribe is an economic giant for community

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    With an annual economic impact of more than $500 million in the state of Oklahoma, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is an economic giant that capitalized on its gaming success to form a diverse financial portfolio.

  • Lawton killings of father, son called chilling, senseless

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE AND JENNIFER PALMER | Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Police have arrested five young men in connection with the deaths of Uwe Rushing, 49, and Stefan Rushing, 14. The deaths — and the gory details — have attracted widespread media attention.

  • Shawnee city officials threaten to sue Indian tribes over sales tax

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    City officials in Shawnee are threatening to sue at least four Indian tribes based in Pottawatomie County over sales tax, a letter from the city's mayor states.

  • Former Color Me Badd singer faces more criminal charges

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    Former Color Me Badd frontman Bryan Abrams and his wife are accused of allowing their daughter, a first-grader, to miss more than 14 days of school without documentation.

  • Oklahoma towns rely on police to generate revenue, keep citizens safe

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Even though many drivers view Kiowa as just another speed trap in southeast Oklahoma, Police Chief Tony Runyon said he is just protecting the residents of his town from a dangerous road he calls “blood highway.”

  • Paid traffic tickets helped build Oklahoma town's city hall, police department

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Earlier in the month, when Oklahoma law enforcement officials stripped Stringtown Police Department of the authority to write traffic tickets along U.S. 69, it wasn't the first time Stringtown had been labeled a speed trap.




Andrew Knittle Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:42:38 AM CST @OKmattcarney really obscure reference to the x-mass vacation movie
Andrew Knittle Sun, Apr. 13 2014 06:52:20 PM CST @OKmattcarney u serious, Clark
Andrew Knittle Sun, Apr. 13 2014 03:51:15 PM CST LINK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 11 2014 11:15:17 AM CST Oklahoma man talks about mysterious death of wife in Cole home LINK
Andrew Knittle Thu, Apr. 10 2014 08:53:58 AM CST Lawton man ordered to face trial in killing of father, brother LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 07 2014 10:33:11 AM CST RT @grahambrewer: Addicted Oklahoma: Prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic LINK Good stuff from @jaclyncosgrove @warrenvi…
Andrew Knittle Thu, Mar. 27 2014 08:33:06 AM CST Memorial unveiled in Norman for fallen Oklahoma National Guardsmen LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Mar. 24 2014 09:49:13 AM CST 'Speed trap' warning is at center of businessman's lawsuit against Meeker police LINK
Andrew Knittle Wed, Mar. 19 2014 10:54:31 PM CST Shawnee mayor says tribe-owned grocery store has cost city $4 million LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Mar. 17 2014 03:12:49 PM CST Several veterans centers doctors have disciplinary records LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Mar. 17 2014 01:21:24 PM CST AG brief says Oklahoma does not have drugs needed for Thursday execution LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Mar. 17 2014 09:27:26 AM CST @MadiLAlexander Hell yea
Andrew Knittle Sun, Mar. 16 2014 02:17:22 PM CST 1 in 3 state veterans center doctors has marred record LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, Mar. 15 2014 10:49:40 AM CST 1 in 3 doctors currently on staff at Oklahoma's seven veterans centers has been disciplined, mostly for abusing drugs or sexual misconduct
Andrew Knittle Fri, Mar. 14 2014 01:05:00 PM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Oklahoma City man faces animal cruelty charges after officers find dead and live cats in house LINK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Mar. 14 2014 01:04:52 PM CST RT @Adam_WK: Behenna got choked up when asked about his mother: "I tried to tell her how much she means to me the other day... Words can't …
Andrew Knittle Wed, Mar. 12 2014 04:19:05 PM CST Police investigate possible suicide at University of Oklahoma LINK
Andrew Knittle Wed, Mar. 12 2014 03:34:59 PM CST OU officials confirm suicide on campus. Spokeswoman Catherine Bishop says it happened outside, near the Mosier Practice Facility. No ID yet.
Andrew Knittle Tue, Mar. 11 2014 05:39:47 PM CST I hope all these red-faced , self-righteous souls keep on jogging once the novelty of nice weather wears off. A lot of them need to!
Andrew Knittle Tue, Mar. 11 2014 04:11:40 PM CST @MadiLAlexander I know, right!! Keep up the good work