Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • ORU students are treating homeless this Halloween

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    TULSA — It’s Halloween and numerous Oral Roberts University students have already decided they will “treat” instead of “trick.” Turns out, they are treating the homeless as part of ORU Outreach’s fall outreach event. Instead of the usual trick-or-treating for candy, students plan to go door-to-door to collect canned goods to feed the homeless. All the […]

  • Lifetime TV to offer special on women in the Bible

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The same duo that brought to the small screen the hit series “The Bible” and  the feature film “Son of God” to the big screen is now offering a two-hour special called “The Women in the Bible.” The cable channel Lifetime just announced news that it has ordered the special from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett […]

  • Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, speaks at luncheon forum

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Wonder what role the news media serves? The press shines the light on injustice, among other things, Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, said at an interfaith luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Turkish Raindrop House, 4444 N Classen. Fry  made her  presentation “Newspapers and Freedom of the Press” at a luncheon forum hosted […]

  • Movie review: "Meet the Mormons"

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    I didn’t know what to expect from the documentary “Meet the Mormons” when I was invited to a recent VIP screening of the film here in Oklahoma City. Members of the metro area stakes (a stake in the Mormon church is akin to a Roman Catholic or Episcopal diocese in terms of a congregations within […]

  • Lighting the night

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The Hindu Temple of Oklahoma City recently celebrated Diwali with ceremonies, food and fireworks

  • Pop-ular enterprise: Youths' bustling popcorn business snags award

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Edmond teens Sharahya and Aaliya Dejear and their two younger siblings recently competed at the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference and won a $2,700 grant and the title “Entrepreneur of the Year” for their gourmet popcorn business called it’s POPular!

  • Familiar face takes the lead at Jesus House in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Michael Bateman, formerly outreach manager of the Jesus House, was recently chosen among scores of applicants to lead the homeless shelter in Oklahoma City.

  • Friends and family vow to keep Oklahoma homeless advocate's dream alive

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Friends and family of Lisa Miller-Baldwin, founder of the Wonderfully Made Foundation and the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference, said they will work to keep her Oklahoma foundation thriving in the aftermath of her recent death in a car wreck.

  • Oklahoma interfaith community moves into second year of Beyond Coexistence initiative

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma has moved into the second year of the group’s “Beyond Coexistence” initiative with plans to tackle domestic violence, sponsor another round of interfaith dinners and collaborate for two health summits.

  • Bethel Acres ranch owner seeks help to complete Oklahoma ranch rescue

    BY CARLA HINTON, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the country converged on Meaghan Hadley’s 1 Day Ranch about six weeks ago to build a new barn for her animal rescue organization in Bethel Acres. The New-York-based New York Says Thank You Foundation held a Big Build, and was nearly able to complete the barn on the last day of the effort, Sept. 6, when a deluge of rain prevented the project’s completion.

  • Former Operation Christmas Child recipient shares how the international ministry changed her life

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Izabella McMillon, a former recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox recently visited Norman’s Trinity Baptist Church to share her testimony of how the international ministry effected her life in Romania.

  • African children's choir still singing despite Ebola fears raised by some

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Light the Future Children’s Choir from Kenya, eastern Africa, plans to sing its way across Oklahoma despite fears by some that the children may expose Oklahomans to the Ebola virus that has reached epidemic proportions in West Africa.

  • Oklahoma couples renew wedding vows as part of marriage campaign

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    About 150 people participated in a walk and marriage vow renewal ceremony on Monday as part of “Celebrate Marriage Oklahoma,” a community campaign that seeks to present marriage in a positive light across the state.

  • New LifeChurch.tv satellite in north Oklahoma City helps neighboring school

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Members of the new LifeChurch.tv Broadway and Britton satellite campus recently held a work day at neighboring North Highland Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City community groups show love during 'One Day' outreach

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Community groups coordinated by faith-based nonprofit Love OKC show love through the ‘One Day’ outreach held on Oct. 3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

  • Marry-go-round: Which religious officials in Oklahoma may officiate at gay weddings depends largely upon denominational structure

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Which religious leaders in Oklahoma may officiate at gay weddings depends largely upon faith beliefs and denominational structure, clergy say.

  • More about Oklahoma faith groups and their stance on same-sex marriage

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    More about faith groups and their stance on same-sex marriage

  • Right now: Rick Warren shines spotlight on mental health

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, Rick Warren and his wife Kay of Saddleback  Church in California are hosting “24 Hours of Hope,” a free global online event deisgned to encourage people living with mental illness, educate and support their families and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective mental health ministry. The Warren’s […]

  • Oklahoma pastor loves sharing God's story through Bible app he created

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Finance and tech whiz Bobby Gruenewald, of Edmond-based LifeChurch.tv, has found his true calling through his church and the Bible app he created.

  • Nuns of Oklahoma City's Villa Teresa are hosting moving sale

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, best known as the longtime operators of the Villa Teresa School, are hosting a moving sale Oct. 11-13 at 1300 Classen Drive.




Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 09:45:02 PM CST @James_Stafford I suppose so Jim!
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:40:46 PM CST Not rocket science: Shooters in, everybody else out. Didn't have to lose this one Thunder.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:37:58 PM CST A ooooo we need a 3 and we give the ball to Roberson? #WarriorsDreamComeTrue
Carla Hinton Sat, Nov. 22 2014 02:38:51 PM CST RT @HopeChestOKC: hopechestokc's photo LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Nov. 19 2014 04:47:16 PM CST Magi-themed postal stamp for the holidays: Carla HintonThe U.S. Postal Service has issued a Christmas Magi Lim... LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 16 2014 07:46:34 PM CST @DarnellMayberry What's going on with Reggie tonight? I'm on a flight back to OKC so I'm just looking at tweets to catch the game action.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 16 2014 01:56:08 PM CST RT @OKFosterWishes: @OKFosterWishes 2014 video! Please RT! LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 06:54:59 PM CST Kristin Chenowith talked about her Broken Arrow, Oklahoma roots during her speech @ today's #QuantumoftheSeas event. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:38:42 PM CST In line with the ship's "smart ship" status, Kristin Chenowith uses a tablet to launch the champagne bottle that christens #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:33:52 PM CST Having a godmother for a ship is a maritime tradition, we've been told. #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:31:12 PM CST This is surreal. Kristin Chenowith is singing one of my favorite songs ..."Over The Rainbow." #magical #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 04:28:17 PM CST Kristin Chenowith said she's proud to be godmother of #QuantumoftheSeas.She's performing now.Gracious & humble lady. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:59:19 PM CST Bring us all to the harbor of peace and safety for all eternity -- Rev. William Rex in his prayer at #QuantumoftheSeas blessing.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:57:15 PM CST Of course the ship has to be blessed. I'm in the right place. #QuantumoftheSeas
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:50:02 PM CST She's here ... Kristin Chenowith, godmother of the new#QuantumoftheSeas cruise ship.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 03:49:19 PM CST Waiting for Oklahoma 's own Kristin Chenowith to appear at the naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean's new #QuantumoftheSeas cruise ship.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 10:46:22 AM CST More reason to get good nite's sleep B4 flying:fell asleep w/coffee in my hand & spilled it on guy next to me-his white shirt. #feelterrible
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 07:26:08 AM CST My auto correct has made me auto wrong too many times to count. I don't use bad grammar, I promise.
Carla Hinton Fri, Nov. 14 2014 05:25:43 AM CST About to board flight & gate attendant asks us to give military members a round of applause. We grateful for their service to the USA.
Carla Hinton Thu, Nov. 13 2014 10:04:16 AM CST At Quail Springs Mall for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree kickoff event. Rumble will ring the SAS bell soon. LINK