Andrew Knittle
Watchdog 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.


  • Texas trucker charged in fatal wreck involving softball team

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Russell Staley, 54, who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was charged Thursday and made his first court appearance in Murray County District Court. He has since been released on his own recognizance, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said.

  • Two caretakers in nursing homes plead guilty to stealing drugs, harassing resident

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Christina Deann Whalen, 42, of Salina, pleaded guilty to single counts of obtaining a controlled substance and larceny of controlled dangerous substances. In the case of abuse, Marcia Nicole Alaniz, 34, of Enid, also pleaded guilty to single counts of verbal abuse by a caretaker, assault and battery and malicious intimidation and harassment.

  • Doctor fined $36K loses ability to prescribe drugs

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control fined an Oklahoma City physician nearly $40,000 on Monday and stripped him of the authority to write prescriptions for controlled substances over the next two years.

  • Potawatomis suing city of Shawnee in tribal court

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE

    Staff Writer

    aknittle@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    In an extremely rare legal maneuver, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is suing the city of Shawnee – in tribal court – over damage caused by a city-owned waterline that burst in March 2014, flooding the tribe’s Heritage Center and rendering the massive building useless for about a year.

  • Potawatomis take city of Shawnee to tribal court over flood damage

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE

    Staf‌f Writer

    aknittle@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    In an extremely rare legal maneuver, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is suing the city of Shawnee – in tribal court – over damage caused by a city-owned waterline that burst in March 2014, flooding the tribe’s Heritage Center and rendering the massive building useless for about a year.

  • Lawton city manager abruptly quits as Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation begins inquiry

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Years of leadership turmoil continue in Lawton as City Manager Bryan Long abruptly resigned May 20 amid allegations that he threatened a family acquaintance, which prompted an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

  • Another lawsuit is filed against former doctor convicted of murder

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Another lawsuit was filed against incarcerated doctor William Martin Valuck on Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The 73-year-old osteopath is now being sued by the families of six patients who died of prescription drug overdoses linked to him.

  • City of Shawnee, Citizen Potawatomi Nation engage in power struggle in Pottawatomie County

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    The city of Shawnee and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation are engaged in a power struggle, with no end or peaceful resolution in sight. The stakes are high, as both sides seem intent to drive their futures in seemingly very different directions. Water, millions in sales tax revenue, service contracts, city commission seats and the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of local residents are all up for grabs.

  • Oklahoma pharmacy board stays busy, hands out massive fines at times

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Each year, the Oklahoma State Pharmacy Board hands out millions in fines to the pharmacists and drug stores it regulates. The fines range dramatically, from a couple hundred dollars to more than $500,000 in one recent case.

  • Shawnee man accused of stealing nearly $200K from Oklahoma Indian tribe

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A Shawnee man is accused of embezzling nearly $200,000 from a small business program funded by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the largest employer in Pottawatomie County.

  • Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014

    By JACLYN COSGROVE and ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writers, and WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma has had some bad months and years during the past decade, but March 2014 ranks as the deadliest month in terms of prescription drug overdose deaths.

  • Oklahoma County sued over inmate's unpaid medical bills

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Florida-based health care provider is suing the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners in district court, alleging roughly $660,000 in inmate medical bills are unpaid.

  • Cleveland County commissioner backs off plan to change name of Cal Hobson Center

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Cal Hobson, a former Oklahoma lawmaker who is the namesake of a multimillion-dollar substance abuse treatment facility in Norman, has been admitted into drug court in Cleveland County.

  • Michael Jackson's alligators, crocodile 'boiled to death' in blaze, Oklahoma animal sanctuary owner says

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Authorities suspect arson is to blame for a fire that left seven alligators and a crocodile “boiled to death” last week in Wynnewood. Joe Schreibvogel, founder and spokesman of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, told The Oklahoman on Tuesday he suspects his longtime enemies – rogue animal rights activists – are behind the fire, which was allegedly set in the early hours of March 26.

  • Canadian County continues fast growth, new Census Bureau data shows

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Canadian County’s population grew by nearly 3 percent between 2013 and 2014, the highest such rate in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area over the past year, Census Bureau records show.

  • Nationwide poll reveals troubling attitudes toward deadly painkillers

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    A recent public opinion survey released by the National Safety Council reveals that Americans don’t think prescribed painkillers are much of threat to the nation and its overall health. Experts say they’re dead wrong – and the numbers are chilling.

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues investigating fatal bus accident

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Even though the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has yet to issue a final report on the North Central Texas College women’s softball team bus accident that left four dead near Davis last fall, three of the lawsuits filed in connection with the incident have been either dismissed or settled.

  • Pill-ferage: Opiates 'worth more than gold' on the street, drug agency official says

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Records reviewed by The Oklahoman reveal the drugs killing Oklahomans at a record pace are the same drugs thieves are taking from pharmacies.

  • Pill-ferage: Oklahoma pharmacy thefts, break-ins reveal desperation for narcotic drugs

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    As Oklahoma continues to struggle with a prescription drug problem some describe as an epidemic, an analysis of records generated any time a narcotic drug turns up missing, is stolen or is lost in transit reveals the lengths some will go to get their hands on the precious medications.

  • Pill-ferage: A 'perfect storm' hits Tulsa and area pharmacies in 2014

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    After recording only seven pharmacy robberies in 2013, drug stores in the Tulsa area found themselves under fire last year. In 2014, records show, there were at least 43 pharmacy robberies reported in Tulsa County, with some locations falling victim multiple times to brazen thieves.




Andrew Knittle Fri, Jun. 26 2015 04:20:23 PM CST Texas trucker charged in fatal wreck involving softball team LINK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Jun. 26 2015 04:03:50 PM CST @nctclions Prosecutors in Oklahoma file charges in the Sept. 26, 2014, deaths of four @nctclions softball players.
Andrew Knittle Fri, Jun. 26 2015 04:02:23 PM CST Charges filed in the Sept. 26, 2014, deaths of four @nctclions softball players, of Gainesville, Texas. Russell Staley, 54, is charged in OK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Jun. 26 2015 03:56:41 PM CST Russell Staley is facing first-degree manslaughter charges in the deaths of four college softball players from Texas. LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Jun. 23 2015 06:46:08 PM CST @jjnado it was very interesting to say the least
Andrew Knittle Tue, Jun. 23 2015 05:32:03 PM CST Awesome use of emails to show connection between OU, Continental Resources and Oklahoma's earthquakes: LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:45:54 PM CST Aerial photo of collapsed lane of SH 78 as it crosses the Red River, by Dan Pennington, Durant Democrat LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:43:37 PM CST Great photo of section of State Highway 78 that fell into the Red River, via Dan Pennington, Durant Democrat LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Jun. 22 2015 02:29:19 PM CST Crazy drone footage of flooding in southern Oklahoma, via Aaron Hlavaty, https://t.co/eF6Xq7NfuV
Andrew Knittle Sun, Jun. 21 2015 12:55:50 PM CST @jasonkersey Great story, sad that it was written
Andrew Knittle Sat, Jun. 20 2015 01:06:16 PM CST Downtown OKC ... LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, Jun. 20 2015 12:59:27 PM CST RT @RWTrammell: Two caretakers in nursing homes plead guilty to stealing drugs, harassing resident LINK
Andrew Knittle Thu, Jun. 18 2015 03:12:56 PM CST Doctor fined $36K loses ability to prescribe drugs LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, Jun. 13 2015 12:57:02 PM CST Vandals tag shed at historic Moore-Lindsay house in Norman ... Not cool LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Jun. 08 2015 02:07:09 PM CST Duggars did not protect their daughters from a known sexual predator. Great job @intouchweekly on your reports! LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Jun. 08 2015 12:30:39 PM CST This is something you don't see every day: LINK
Andrew Knittle Sun, Jun. 07 2015 02:20:36 PM CST Walmart customers are the classiest! LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, May. 30 2015 09:12:00 AM CST Gross ... This family has always made me sick ... Great job @intouchweekly, nice articles! LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 25 2015 03:54:33 PM CST Another day, another massive deluge of rain
Andrew Knittle Fri, May. 22 2015 06:25:05 PM CST Lawton city manager Bryan Long resigned his post on Wednesday amid allegations he threatened violence against a family associate ...

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