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.


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

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    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.

  • Strippers bare all at new Valley Brook club

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    After years of rumors, planning and public debate, an all-nude strip club is up and running in Valley Brook. The club is a rare entity in present-day Oklahoma, which saw most of its all-nude clubs vanish in the 1980s.

  • Oklahoma County, hospital fight over inmates' medical bills

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An ongoing legal fight between OU Medical Center and Oklahoma County over who should pay for jail inmates’ emergency medical care has reached the zenith of the state’s courts system.

  • Protesters gather to remember man who died after 2014 incident with Moore police

    Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Protesters who gathered Saturday on the edge of the Warren Theater parking lot were unhappy with the way Moore police officers handled the incident with Luis Rodriguez, who died Feb. 15, 2014.

  • Narcotics bureau deals blow to OKC doctor accused of running pill mill

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Days after state authorities raided his south Oklahoma City clinic, Aria Orthopedics, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has taken one more step toward shutting down the practice of Dr. Harvey Jenkins.

  • Cheyenne and Arapaho governor calls fires an attack on tribe

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating three fires set at Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal buildings. The governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes called fires set at tribal buildings early Tuesday a “heinous crime” and an attack on the tribe.

  • Former Guthrie police officer sues Oklahoma state senator, others in federal court

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Mark Bruning, a former Guthrie police officer, is suing state Sen. Ann “A.J.” Griffin and several others in federal court, claiming the lawmaker abused her position and conspired with city officials to get him fired from his job.

  • Agents raid suspected Oklahoma City pill mill

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Agents with the attorney general’s office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control removed patient records, contracts, computer equipment and other items that show that Dr. Harvey “Jenkins prescribed potentially harmful and deadly narcotics without proper medical supervision,” according to a statement released by the attorney general’s office.

  • Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs moves against controversial doctor

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    One of the agency’s attorneys, Marie Schuble, referred to Dr. Ronald Myers’ clinic in Roland, Oklahoma, as being “revenue-driven” and described the Wellness Clinic as “basically a pill mill.”




Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 04 2015 10:07:53 PM CST Oklahoma pharmacy board stays busy, hands out massive fines at times LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, May. 04 2015 01:21:43 PM CST @EyeAmTruth Mayweather fought like the coward he is ... But it was still worth the $99
Andrew Knittle Sat, May. 02 2015 06:35:42 PM CST @WSJ @WILLIAMCRUM who cares
Andrew Knittle Sat, May. 02 2015 06:30:42 PM CST Watching Mayweather-Pacquiao fight build up for $99 but it's well worth it LINK
Andrew Knittle Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:39:58 PM CST Tiger apparently got loose, briefly, today at the @okczoo ...
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 27 2015 05:31:06 PM CST This exists ... LINK: New Dating Site for Ethical Cheaters ... I got an email from their PR person today ...
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 20 2015 01:46:46 PM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: Bryan Painter, veteran journalist with @TheOklahoman, has a kind heart and is one of my heroes. #Resilience LINK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 17 2015 02:33:43 PM CST "A confirmed report of a pedestrian/train collision" in Norman, right down the street from my house ...
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:09:16 AM CST Reporter Diana Baldwin remembers 20 years later LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Apr. 14 2015 03:42:28 PM CST Beautiful work by @rtotheichard ... Looks great ... LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Apr. 14 2015 03:39:26 PM CST Records reveal Oklahoma's deadliest month: March 2014 LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 13 2015 03:25:54 PM CST 61 overdose deaths in March 2014 ... LINK via @OklahomaWatch
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 13 2015 03:24:19 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: Oklahoma Watch & The Oklahoman share the investigative reporting & general news awards for collaboration on Addicted Okl…
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 13 2015 12:32:47 PM CST @jennh_ @jaclyncosgrove Thanks so much!
Andrew Knittle Mon, Apr. 13 2015 11:45:10 AM CST RT @julianakeeping: Stunning: #oklahoma prescription drug overdoses killed 61 in March 2014 LINK @AndrewKnittle @jaclync…
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 10 2015 10:54:23 PM CST @jennh_ not me .... Some other poor soul
Andrew Knittle Fri, Apr. 10 2015 10:42:12 PM CST Downtown OKC parking cops can be pretty scummy ... LINK
Andrew Knittle Thu, Apr. 02 2015 03:19:55 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: Only in America: Michael Jackson's alligators ‘boiled to death' in blaze, Okla sanctuary owner says LINK
Andrew Knittle Thu, Apr. 02 2015 04:41:13 AM CST RT @EyeAmTruth: VIDEO: Chandlar Parsons Throws dagger shot at #Thunder https://t.co/6W6p5e2heV
Andrew Knittle Wed, Mar. 25 2015 06:40:22 PM CST Crazy skies over Moore Oklahoma right now LINK

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