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.


  • South Oklahoma City pain clinic is a hotbed of police activity over the years, reports show

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's overdose death an 'ugly' sight for Oklahoma City man

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    After crawling through a window, Aaron Smoot’s father found him dead in his bedroom, a scene Dwight Smoot described as “ugly” and “devastating.”

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Living with chronic pain, Oklahomans struggle to find a new normal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    More than 76 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and almost half of them receive no treatment.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Roland pain clinic attracts patients from far and wide

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, Oklahoma drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's death in cheap motel room haunts, motivates his mother

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Michelle Casson’s son died alone, in a cheap motel room, after he tried unsucessfully to summon paramedics to his room.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Mother blames doctors, pain clinics for daughter%u2019s death

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A back injury six years ago led Carie Marie Simmons into a life of prescription drugs, addiction and, eventually, an early death, her mother says. But Helen Broadbooks, 63, of Lexington, also blames the doctors and pain clinics that treated her daughter, who overdosed and died May 13, 2013.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Profiting from pain

    By Andrew Knittle and Phillip OConnor, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Public officials and experts in the field say allowing non-physician ownership of clinics makes them more difficult to regulate and helps explain why Oklahoma has among the highest prescription drug abuse and overdose death rates in the country.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Disturbances, thefts are common at Oklahoma City clinic

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.

  • Notable distracted driving accidents during past 15 years

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Drivers have been falling asleep behind the wheel and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol since the early 1900s, when cars and trucks were first introduced to the general public. In recent years, though, digital distractions have multiplied exponentially, thrusting the issue of distracted and impaired driving into the spotlight like never before.

  • Family of missing Oklahoma bounty hunter still seeking justice

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Oklahoma authorities are asking for help solving the mysterious death of longtime McClain County resident Troy Neidhart, a bounty hunter who vanished in September 2002 while hunting.

  • 'This kid is an evil person,' Oklahoma DA says of son charged in slayings of 3 family members

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writers | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Alan J. Hruby, the son of an Oklahoma newspaper publisher, was charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder.

  • Tractor-trailer driver 'under the influence' at time of Oklahoma crash with Texas team bus, lawsuit alleges

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a deadly collision with a Texas college softball team bus last month in the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma was “under the influence of one or more intoxicating substances” at the time of the crash, a lawsuit filed by the parents of one of the deceased players alleges.

  • Most Oklahoma inmates granted early release since March have stayed out of trouble

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Only two of the roughly 1,500 inmates granted an early release by the state Corrections Department have gotten into trouble once they were set free, an agency spokeswoman told The Oklahoman.

  • Murderer among those released early by Oklahoma prison officials

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    A convicted murderer who racked up two dozen behavior misconducts while behind bars is among the 1,500 inmates who found themselves free after they had good behavior credits restored over the past few months.

  • Medical records from trucker in fatal I-35 bus wreck sought by NTSB investigators

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Authorities investigating a truck/bus crash on Interstate 35 that took the lives of four college softball players held another news conference Monday afternoon in Ardmore.

  • Noble superintendent fired after comments to female students

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The superintendent of Noble Public Schools – who caused a stir last month when she embarrassed a group of female students because of what the girls were wearing – was fired Monday night at a regular school board meeting.

  • Noble School Board fires superintendent Ronda Bass

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The Noble School Board abruptly ended the employment of the district's superintendent Monday evening after a lengthy executive session. Superintendent Ronda Bass was fired less than a month after she singled out a small group of female students on the first two days of school, allegedly referring to the young women as "skanks." Bass, who hugged supporters just moments before she was fired, did not go inside the meeting room where school board members voted to terminate her employment, effective Oct. 15.

  • Oklahoma City police officer under investigation victimized one woman twice, records indicate

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    An Oklahoma City police sex crimes unit began looking into one of their own in early May, three or so months after a spate of rapes in northeast Oklahoma City had confounded investigators handling the cases.

  • Homeless sex offender linked to bizarre Oklahoma death

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    A convicted sex offender’s DNA has been linked to a bizarre Oklahoma death that stumped investigators for months. Michael Hair, who committed suicide just two weeks after authorities say he took the life of 24-year-old Rachelle Flowers at her home near Cole, has been linked to the young mother’s death by DNA, investigators say. Hair, who was 46 when he took his own life, was a registered sex offender who served nearly a decade behind bars for assault, attempted rape and lewd molestation.

  • OU freshman Joe Mixon involved in altercation in Norman

    jason kersey and andrew knittle | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    NORMAN — Norman Police and the University of Oklahoma athletics department are investigating an alleged assault near the OU campus involving a Sooner football player. Norman police responded to the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe in Norman just after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. No arrests were made. The police report doesn't name the player or players involved. An OU athletics spokesman said the department is aware of the situation and is conducting its own internal investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.




Andrew Knittle Thu, Dec. 18 2014 08:00:25 AM CST RT @CoreyLambrecht: Ever wanted to take a polygraph? I can give you one, free of charge! 😀 LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 15 2014 02:02:59 PM CST First time I've seen that in a while, sub $2-per-gallon gas LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, Dec. 13 2014 09:43:41 AM CST RT @NormanNews: Update: Howard found guilty LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 08 2014 08:29:30 PM CST Addicted Oklahoma: Profiting from pain LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 08 2014 12:47:21 PM CST The nine deaths linked to this clinic are just the beginning, according to victims' families. #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 08 2014 12:41:43 PM CST This guy made $2.7 million off the medical biz from '85 to '97 ... and he's not even a doctor ... #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 08 2014 12:38:13 PM CST Find out who this doc is when Part II of our #AddictedOklahoma series goes live at 2 p.m. #PainProfiteers LINK
Andrew Knittle Mon, Dec. 08 2014 12:29:11 PM CST Saw this old pic of @Joe_MainMixon while I was cleaning my desk off ... @TheOklahoman is moving soon ... LINK
Andrew Knittle Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:00:21 PM CST RT @CoreyLambrecht: One of many prescription death cases I have responded to in Norman: LINK
Andrew Knittle Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:00:12 PM CST RT @CoreyLambrecht: Impressive investigation into the problem of "pill mills" in Oklahoma. LINK LINK
Andrew Knittle Sun, Dec. 07 2014 11:43:44 AM CST RT @grahambrewer: Must Read: @AndrewKnittle & Phil O'Connor's powerful story on Oklahoma's shady pill mill industry LINK
Andrew Knittle Sat, Dec. 06 2014 11:56:02 AM CST A bedlam couple eating at Ozzie's in Norman ... LINK
Andrew Knittle Fri, Dec. 05 2014 11:52:09 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Pick up a copy of Sunday's paper for part 2 of our #AddictedOklahoma coverage: LINK LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Dec. 02 2014 06:13:11 PM CST Scary thing about this alleged 18-year-old serial rapist in Norman (Killman-Hardin) is what he will be once he's released from prison ...
Andrew Knittle Tue, Dec. 02 2014 04:07:33 PM CST Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, accused of serial rape in Norman ... Mug shot via Cleveland County jail. LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Dec. 02 2014 04:02:33 PM CST Charges filed in Norman High School rape case LINK
Andrew Knittle Wed, Nov. 19 2014 09:35:39 PM CST Norman students plan walk-out protest LINK
Andrew Knittle Tue, Nov. 18 2014 05:40:07 PM CST @SamKahoe Hey my son found your purse in the street by our house.
Andrew Knittle Thu, Nov. 13 2014 03:28:33 PM CST Congrats to @JoeyStipek for winning his open records fight ... Guy's not even out of school yet but he's doing big things!
Andrew Knittle Tue, Nov. 11 2014 11:28:46 AM CST Mug shot of Devin Rogers, 29, who took some hostages in Norman on Monday. Nobody was hurt. LINK