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.


  • Double murder trial set to begin Tuesday in Lawton

    Double murder trial set to begin Tuesday in Lawton

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Thorsten Rushing, 20, allegedly convinced four of his friends to help him carry out the killings at the family home in Lawton. Killed were Uwe Rushing, 50, and Stefan Rushing, 14.

  • Bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang baseball coach, district

    Bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang baseball...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    A senior who graduated Friday has filed a lawsuit in Canadian County District Court and is suing Mustang Public Schools and the high school's head baseball coach. Riley Thomas claims the "bullying and harassing" began during the 2014-15 school year, and he was cut before the past season because he was forced to tryout while he was injured.

  • Norman city councilman ordered to trial in drug paraphernalia sales case

    Norman city councilman ordered to trial in drug...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Stephen Holman, who has said he believes the case against him is “politically motivated,” seemed calm and confident Monday after the ruling of Special Judge Michael Tupper in Cleveland County District Court.

  • Proposed turnpike draws protesters at Capitol

    Proposed turnpike draws protesters at Capitol

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Protesters gathered Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to call on lawmakers to do something about 21 miles of new toll roads that will soon be built in northeast Oklahoma County.

  • Judge is set to decide whether Texas man will face trial in fatal bus crash along I-35

    Judge is set to decide whether Texas man will...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    An Oklahoma judge will decide whether a Texas man charged with multiple counts of first-degree manslaughter in the September 2014 deaths of four college softball players will face trial.

  • McAlester's ex-schools chief, her husband face embezzlement charges

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Marsha Gore and her husband, Joseph "Skip" Gore, are facing embezzlement charges in Pittsburg County District Court.

  • Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves $81 million widening project for I-235

    Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves $81...

    By  Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    According to Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials, the incentive-laden agreement with Oklahoma City-based Allen Contracting Inc. is the largest individual contract ever awarded by the state agency.

  • Turnpike officials promise better metro-area access for southwest Oklahoma City area

    Turnpike officials promise better metro-area...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority released a final design route Tuesday that highlights the planned Southwest Kilpatrick Extension, a $190 million project that agency officials promise will connect southwest Oklahoma City with the rest of the metropolitan area like never before.

  • Oklahoma inmate deaths jump 71 percent in five years, records show

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    In 2010, the Oklahoma Corrections Department reported 63 inmates died while in the agency’s custody. Last year, 108 prisoners died while serving time, an increase of 71 percent. During the same time period, the overall prison population grew by only 8 percent, records show.

  • Turnpike causes Girl Scouts to seek sale of Camp Cookieland

    Turnpike causes Girl Scouts to seek sale of...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    A proposed turnpike called the Northeast Oklahoma County Loop has caused the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma council to seek the sell of Camp Cookieland, a 107-acre campground near Newalla.

  • Oklahoma, Potawatomis battle over sales tax payments

    Oklahoma, Potawatomis battle over sales tax...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    The dispute between the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma arose in May 2014, when the Oklahoma Tax Commission suddenly challenged more than $27 million in sales tax exemptions claimed by the Potawatomis in recent years.

  • Eastern Oklahoma County residents find out final route for disputed turnpike

    Eastern Oklahoma County residents find out...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority unveiled the final alignment for the so-called Northeast Oklahoma County Loop Thursday evening at Harrah Church, where scores of local residents once again turned out in droves to learn the fate of their properties and that of their friends, family and neighbors.

  • ACLU plans to challenge OKC's anti-panhandling ordinance

    ACLU plans to challenge OKC\'s anti-panhandling...

    By Andrew Knittle and William Crum Staff Writers | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    The lawsuit would challenge the so-called Median Safety Ordinance on First Amendment free speech and on constitutional due process grounds, said Brady Henderson, legal director, ACLU of Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma governor's action clouds Shawnee's future, commissioner says

    Oklahoma governor\'s action clouds Shawnee\'s...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Shawnee City Commissioner Keith Hall claimed Thursday that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's action has paved the way for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to move forward with its plans, which in the past have called for the taking of city-owned lands to form a new tribal entity.

  • Oklahoma paid record $92.7 million to private prisons in 2015

    Oklahoma paid record $92.7 million to private...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    Since 2004, the state has spent roughly $975 million on contracts with the two for-profit corrections enterprises operating in Oklahoma, based in Florida and Tennessee.

  • Norman city councilman appears in court on paraphernalia case

    Norman city councilman appears in court on...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    A Norman city councilman accused of profiting from “drug activity” at the shop he manages near the University of Oklahoma campus will have to wait to find out if he’ll face trial.

  • 5 Oklahoma City suburbs still use lead water pipes

    5 Oklahoma City suburbs still use lead water pipes

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    Officials in Norman, Edmond, Yukon, El Reno and Shawnee confirmed that lead pipes remain in use in those cities, but said the metal isn’t present at levels high enough to trigger action by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality or other regulatory agencies.

  • Jenkins charged with 29 felonies connected to 'pill mill'

    Jenkins charged with 29 felonies connected to...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    More than a year after a high-profile raid at his south Oklahoma City pain clinic, prosecutors charged unlicensed medical doctor Harvey Jenkins with Medicaid fraud and various drug offenses Thursday morning in Oklahoma County District Court. Along with Jenkins, five former employees of Aria Orthopedics were charged Thursday with similar offenses. Mykel Fry, chief of the state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, said Oklahoma City is a safer place now that Jenkins is no longer practicing medicine and referred to the Harvard-educated physician as “a drug dealer with a prescription pad.” “We went above and beyond, to try to shore up all of these charges,” Fry said. “We could have charged him until we

  • Former Pushmataha County deputy accused of stealing inmate funds

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    Polly Culver, 31, accused of embezzlement, was working at the Pushmataha County sheriff’s office as both a secretary and a deputy between July 3 and Sept. 23, 2014, when $952.57 went missing from inmate accounts, court records show.

  • Norman city councilman faces additional drug charges

    Norman city councilman faces additional drug...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Mar 15, 2016

    Stephen Holman, 31, was charged with six new counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia March 8 in Cleveland County District Court after police raided a store he manages in Norman, Oklahoma, that sold glass smoking pipes.




Andrew Knittle Tue, May. 24 2016 08:53:15 PM CST Bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang schools, utm_source=https://t.co/b5fNX5j7qM&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=ShareBar-Twitter
Andrew Knittle Tue, May. 24 2016 08:52:50 PM CST Sad allegations in bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang Public Schools. Baseball coach now stepping down. https://t.co/DhDbegOZBm
Andrew Knittle Tue, May. 24 2016 02:19:50 PM CST Oklahoma lawmakers reach agreement on budget for next fiscal year. Total appropriations total roughly $6.8 billion.
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 23 2016 03:08:51 PM CST Norman city councilman Stephen Holman bound over for trial on felony drug charge. https://t.co/4KfcV5vZiI
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 23 2016 11:19:04 AM CST Norman police have shut down yet another small biz for selling glass pipes, smoking accessories. https://t.co/AExzxwdcgP
Andrew Knittle Thu, May. 19 2016 05:49:24 PM CST Grand jury investigating DOC drug mix up recommends "nitrogen hypoxia," a nice way of saying gas chamber, as new execution protocol.
Andrew Knittle Thu, May. 19 2016 11:03:58 AM CST The company Aubrey McClendon founded after Chesapeake is "closing," laying off workers, by @awilmoth: https://t.co/JJzEEdtLPR
Andrew Knittle Wed, May. 18 2016 12:18:46 PM CST Not sure how accurate this protester's sign is. https://t.co/EgqHUiMe0r
Andrew Knittle Wed, May. 18 2016 12:13:38 PM CST Turnpike protesters outside state Capitol. https://t.co/WnSC0LO4V5
Andrew Knittle Wed, May. 18 2016 11:58:45 AM CST NE Oklahoma County residents continue to resist proposed $300 million turnpike, protesting at the Capitol today ... https://t.co/gTRzce51Cs
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 16 2016 05:18:27 PM CST Awesome 'Hunting Holtzclaw' package by @Adam_WK, @rtotheichard, @phillipoconnor3 and others ... Very nice ... https://t.co/zfWFLzAnZo
Andrew Knittle Fri, May. 13 2016 04:08:39 PM CST Part of a letter signed by Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, regarding transgender students, bathrooms ... https://t.co/FgqjukfWeP
Andrew Knittle Thu, May. 12 2016 11:22:48 AM CST Great piece by Mercy Adhiambo, Kenyan writer: I don’t know about journalism in Africa – but I know my journalism https://t.co/kom4Kkx0tC
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 09 2016 09:37:27 PM CST Missing boy Daniel Hernandez, 3, was last seen at about 7 this evening at 2461 N. Sterling, according to OCPD. https://t.co/AjX6YoEkRQ
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 09 2016 06:38:55 PM CST @swatiiverma26 It's not on fire ...
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 09 2016 05:46:24 PM CST According to reports, there are four tornado-producing storms over Oklahoma right now. A fifth could materialize any moment.
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 09 2016 05:45:06 PM CST Garvin County sheriff's dispatcher said reports of (another) Wynnewood refinery fire are coming in but nothing confirmed.
Andrew Knittle Sun, May. 08 2016 08:09:32 PM CST Looking south from Main and I-35 in Norman. https://t.co/pfYrHSP6xr
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 02 2016 01:42:55 PM CST Transportation Commission approve $81M widening project for I-235 https://t.co/xOoMG9b9A7
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:28:30 PM CST "Most powerful storm on planet earth right now," Mike Morgan said of Grady County storms.

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