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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Mon, Jan. 26 2015 07:07:35 PM CST Huge crowd -2,000 - here to hear Rev. Franklin Graham preach tonight at the OK Bapts' Evangelism Conference at First Southern Bapt-Del City.
Carla Hinton Mon, Jan. 26 2015 06:17:38 PM CST Rev. Franklin Graham talks with Rev. Anthony Jordan, exec director-treasurer of the Bapt General Convention of OK. LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jan. 26 2015 06:14:59 PM CST Just finished a short chat with Rev. Franklin Graham before he preaches at an OK Bapt conference tonight. LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jan. 26 2015 03:29:53 PM CST RT @CTmagazine: Is it time to separate religious and civil marriage? Theologians weigh in: LINK @rr_reno @glennstanton @d…
Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 03:58:27 PM CST Just need a lttle cheese to go with the consistent "whine" from LeBron James. He is ridiculous and the refs let him do it. #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 12:45:04 AM CST RT @cforbesoklahoma: #WhereWasGod wins Best Feature Documentary at #TrailDance film festival LINK
Carla Hinton Sun, Jan. 25 2015 12:41:50 AM CST @sarahcphipps Adorable!
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 06:25:30 PM CST @tiffany_cooper Yes it sure is! I wouldn't miss all this for anything!
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 06:13:08 PM CST Nothing like the jitters before a track race. ... And I'm not the one running. #TrackMomtalking
Carla Hinton Sat, Jan. 24 2015 08:57:30 AM CST @IBCentralOK Thanks for the follow!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jan. 23 2015 06:55:03 PM CST Thabo sighting!! Good to see him again even if he's playing for the competition. #Thunderup!
Carla Hinton Thu, Jan. 22 2015 04:36:00 AM CST @bobbyross I agree# It's fun. Yes I see the tweets about your Rangers. Obsession comes to mind ... just kidding!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:31:38 PM CST @davidwwhitlock @BAMOK Yep!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:30:53 PM CST @bobbyross Bobby you are too much!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:30:25 PM CST @BabsieSmalls @W_DistrictOKC You are welcome. I need to come to one of the events.
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:29:37 PM CST @bobbyross Thanks Bobby. It really does help relieve stress. Of course my family thinks I'm in waaayyyy too deep! ...
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:00:48 PM CST RT @BAMOK: Thunder wins! Because #execution. #thunderup #overtime
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:00:21 PM CST Did my heart skip two beats when Wall took that shot? Yesiree!... It bricked thank goodness. #Thunderup!!!
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:58:28 PM CST Like I said LWBW:Let Westbrook Be Westbrook! #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Wed, Jan. 21 2015 09:57:19 PM CST Watching these games helps relieve stress--unless the Thunder go into overtime in a game they really really really need to win ... #Ohwell

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