Diana Baldwin
Local News Sr. Reporter

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the wrongdoings at Feed the Children. She came to The Oklahoman as the features editor. She covered the courts and law enforcement most of her career. She is now assigned to cover all aspects of Edmond. Baldwin has won more than four dozens state, regional and national awards for her work. She is a founding member of FOI Oklahoma, the state's freedom of information organization. Before coming to The Oklahoman, Baldwin worked at Duncan and Ardmore newspapers. She is a University of Oklahoma graduate.


  • Hotel, conference center may have $5.7M impact on Edmond

    Hotel, conference center may have $5.7M impact...

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Edmond leaders, developers and others gathered Thursday on 7.5 acres of land to celebrate the long-awaited start of construction of the 100,000-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn and 20,000-square-foot conference center on the northwest corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35. The new hotel and conference center is projected to provide a $5.7 million annual economic impact.

  • Woman launches campaign to allow chickens in Edmond backyards

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    An Edmond woman, who had to get rid of her backyard chickens after a code enforcement officer received a complaint, is leading a campaign to get the city ordinance changed.

  • Edmond dedicates its largest piece of artwork

    Edmond dedicates its largest piece of artwork

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Edmond taxpayers and private donors paid $201,184 for "Touch the Sky," a sculpture by artist David McGary, who died in 2013 and was a noted western sculptor, known as a master of realism.

  • Edmond Exchange for May 21

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Edmond Exchange for May 21, 2016

  • Edmond police recognized as part of National Police Week

    Edmond police recognized as part of National...

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks held a prayer breakfast as part of National Police Week, a time to recognize officers for what they do and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Eighty people attended.

  • Edmond neighborhood's residents campaign for street closure

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Neighbors in Edmond's Leawood housing addition are campaigning to have Skyview Drive closed to prevent additional traffic from entering their neighborhood and creating safety issues. Property owners don't want their neighborhood connected to two proposed development projects.

  • Edmond City Council considers $297M budget for next fiscal year

    Edmond City Council considers $297M budget for...

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Edmond's proposed $297 million budget does not include raises for civilian workers, but does include a health insurance rate increase.

  • Edmond Exchange for Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Edmond Exchange for Sunday, May 15, 2016

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Diana Baldwin: Edmond Exchange is a look at Edmond civic affairs.

  • Edmond North High School fight investigation goes to juvenile court

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    An Edmond North High School sophomore is expected to be charged with aggravated assault and battery in juvenile court for his role in a May 4 fight on campus that was caught on cellphone video by other students.

  • Edmond conference center ready to go

    By Diana Baldwin | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Edmond officials OK use of eminent domain for land

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Edmond officials have approved the use of eminent domain to acquire four parcels of land to construct left turn lanes and left turn signal phasing at Bryant Avenue and Covell Road.

  • Let's talk about Edmond at 2 p.m. Thursday

    Let\'s talk about Edmond at 2 p.m. Thursday

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    EDMOND — Edmond Live Chat is going to be on NewsOK.com at 2 p.m. Thursday. Get all your questions ready and join me as we explore all things that are going on in Edmond. It is a busy time of the year and lots are happening around Edmond. Join me at 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Edmond celebrates two-wheeled transportation

    Edmond celebrates two-wheeled transportation

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    The Edmond City Council on Monday recognized May as Bike Month, and Mayor Charles Lamb encouraged Edmond residents to participate in planned bike activities and urged all road users to share the road safely with bicyclists.

  • Edmond bond sales to boost infrastructure improvements

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Edmond city council members have taken the first step toward selling $48 million in bonds to pay for water and wastewater improvements. Over the next five years, the city is expected to spend an estimated $300 million for infrastructure improvements.

  • Edmond Exchange for May 7

    Edmond Exchange for May 7

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Edmond Exchange for May 7, 2016

  • Edmond Exchange has got answers

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    EDMOND - Edmond Exchange is a format for people to ask questions they have about Edmond. Here are a couple of questions Edmond Exchange found answers to people's questions. Reader Fred Bush asked: “Can you tell us what is going on with the empty lot on Second Street across from the new police station? It has been a mess for a long time.” Assistant City Manager Steve Commons answered: “We are attempting to get a parking lot constructed. The contractor started the project but a design problem needed to be corrected before they could proceed. That has been corrected and the contractor is proceeding on the project. Paving should begin soon, if we can get some dry days in a row.

  • Dazzling display

    Dazzling display

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    More than 100 artists turned out for the 38th annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.

  • Community

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Community and metro-area briefs.

  • Edmond's Thomas Drive getting help

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Council members have given the OK to spend $300,000 to resurface Thomas Drive between Danforth Road and Covell Parkway. “Thomas Drive has deteriorated to a point that it needs to be repaired before our potential federally funded project, which is scheduled for 2019, is available,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. Plans are to apply for federal money to widen and realign the roadway and add the appropriate drainage. “The street department has repaired the road numerous times and the pothole repairs do not last long because of the inadequate base under the old roadway,” Commons said. The original road is covered in cracks, he said.

  • Huge Edmond water tower coming

    Huge Edmond water tower coming

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Council members recently agreed to spend nearly $5.9 million to build a 167-foot tall water tower north of Coffee Creek Road and east of Boulevard. Kris Neifing, Water Resources Department superintendent, said the 2-million-gallon tower will be the largest in Edmond. The city has six water towers, each holding a half-million gallons of water. The new tower will mostly serve residents of northwest Edmond. The contractor is Landmark Structures, of Fort Worth, Texas. Work should start in the next couple of months and last 480 days. This is the first project of the 2013 Water and Wastewater Master Plan to get underway, Neifing said. The projects will span over the next 30 years. “We are happy to get a





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