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.


  • Edmond Oks 1st step in $300M water and wastewater improvements

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Edmond City Council members agreed this week to spend nearly $8.7 million on engineering services, the first step toward an estimated $88.3 million wastewater treatment project designed to handle growth and meet new permit regulations.

  • Vandalism of Oklahoma City Confederate monument draws inquiry

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Workers at Oklahoma City's Fairlawn Cemetery discovered Thursday that a Confederate veterans monument there had been vandalized with red paint. The monument honors 23 Confederate soldiers who are buried in the cemetery.

  • Edmond attorney expresses frustration, disappointment over rejected apartments

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Attorney Todd McKinnis is frustrated he can't get multifamily housing approved in Edmond. McKinnis was unsuccessful this week when city council members voted 4-1 against a 330-unit complex on the east side of Edmond.

  • Resurfacing project to begin this month at Edmond's busiest crossroad

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The $5.1 million project at 33rd Street and Broadway, the busiest intersection in Edmond, is scheduled to start July 20 and take at least 11 months to complete.

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Edmond Exchange for July 11

  • Taste of Edmond raises funds for LibertyFest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Taste of Edmond celebrated its 24th year raising funds for LibertyFest.

  • After boatloads of fun, LibertyFest in Edmond focuses on festive finale

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The 43rd LibertyFest celebration in Edmond will end with the grand finale fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. This year's theme is "A Route 66 Fourth of July." Saturday's LibertyFest Cardboard Boat Regatta at Arcadia Lake was one of the multiday celebration's events.

  • Heat doesn't stop Edmond fire recruits

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The 29th Edmond Fire Department Academy had been underway since June 1, and the recruits had now left the classroom to find out what a firefighter does on the job.

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Edmond Exchange for June 27, 2015

  • Busy intersection is set to be improved

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Road construction is nothing new to Edmond drivers. One of the largest projects is scheduled to get started this summer at the city’s busiest intersection. The much-needed project at 33rd Street and Broadway will last a year. City leaders said the construction is going to be challenging for drivers. Edmond police reported 30 traf‌fic accidents last year at 33rd and Broadway. “During the construction, lanes will be reduced and businesses will still have access,” said City Engineer Steve Manek. City staf‌f members have been working on the project nearly 10 years. The $5.1 million project will add turn lanes, island medians and new traf‌fic signals.

  • Growth is nothing new to residents in Edmond

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Growth is nothing new to people who live in Edmond. Most of the time, what’s happening in this city of 84,757 is done with a plan for the future and under the watchful eyes of city leaders to make sure there is enough money to keep up with the rapid growth. City Manager Larry Stevens said Edmond grows between 1.5 percent and 2 percent a year. “Our population continues to grow at a healthy rate,” Stevens said. “The last 10 years census identified 19 percent growth. “During the decade, I think we grew at a faster rate during the first five years than the last five.” Edmond continues, Mayor Charles Lamb said, to experience growth in residential and commercial development.

  • Construction is underway on traf‌fic control system

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Construction is underway on the first phase of the city’s intelligent transportation system along Second Street and Edmond Road from Santa Fe Avenue east to Saints Boulevard, just east of Interstate 35. Edmond is working to install a citywide traf‌fic and communication system that of‌ficials said will help with traf‌fic problems in Edmond. The intelligent transportation system could cost the city between $10 million and $12 million over five to 10 years. “We are trying to get matching federal funds for each of the phases,” said City Engineer Steve Manek. Of‌ficials intend to have design plans on multiple phases of the project ready so Edmond will be in line to receive more financial help,

  • Downtown Edmond is home to changes

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    EDMOND — The look of downtown is changing as two new buildings are constructed and an 111-year-old Victorian structure is converted into a craft beer house. Campbell Corner Construction has started on the southeast corner of Campbell and Broadway on a 15,683-square-foot building, an area developers want to turn into a campus corner environment. The two-story building, to be named Campbell Corner at Downtown Edmond Plaza, is four blocks down Campbell from Old North on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. The mixed-use building will have retail users on the first floor and of‌fice users on the second floor, said developer Koorosh Zahrai. There is room for 10 tenants, according to the

  • Edmond gets $6 million softball complex

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Edmond is the home of a new $6 million softball complex. Softball players were more than ready in April to try out the new four-field complex they had waited for more than 14 years. It took 21/2 years to complete the construction after facing one delay after another. Original plans were to build eight new fields on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66, but there was only enough money to construct four fields. The first bid, for eight fields, came in with a $10.5 million price tag, and the the city had only $4.5 million for the project from a special sales tax approved by voters in 2000 for capital improvements. The lighting was paid for with the city’s park tax.

  • Edmond gets new master plan

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Edmond city leaders have adopted a new downtown master plan and are working on implementing the document that was written after a 10-month study of the downtown area. Freese and Nichols, a Fort Worth-based consulting group, presented the final update to the 1998 and 2011 Downtown Master Plan in July. The consultants were paid $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the Central Business District. “I think they did a good job,” city Councilman Nick Massey said when the plan was approved. “It gives us a framework for discussion.” One recommendation for the Downtown Master Plan is for the city to continue to explore the feasibility of the performing arts center in downtown

  • Edmond task force looks at long-range plans

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — A group of 21 volunteers are serving on an advisory task force to come up with a list of capital improvements needed in the city. Council members are considering asking the voter to continue a half-cent sales tax when it ends in 2017. The tax originally was passed to construct the new public safety center. The tax question would be on an April 2016 ballot. Mayor Charles Lamb wants the task force to report back to the council by Nov. 23 with a list of needed capital improvement projects. In May, city staf‌f presented the council with a list of possible long-term capital improvement projects needed for Edmond over the next 15 years. The estimated price tag is almost $150 million.

  • Hotel, conference center is still planned

    By Diana Baldwin Staf‌f Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Plans for a hotel and conference center near Covell Road and Interstate 35 are still in the works. Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said the developer expects to start construction this summer. Developers and city leaders had hoped for an earlier start on the project, but the location of the complex was moved to the west and there were financing hold-ups. City of‌ficials invested $11 million in the 300-acre development on three sides of the intersection of Covell Road and Interstate 35 in far north Edmond. Of that $11 million, of‌ficials invested $4.8 million for construction of the conference center, which the city will own. The Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau will

  • Officials identify woman killed by Edmond fire

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A woman who died in a fire Wednesday in her Edmond home has been identified. Camille Zink, who the fire department reported was in her mid-60s, was the first fire death in Edmond since January of 2013.

  • William Shatner makes stop in Edmond

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A sunburned William Shatner rolled into Edmond Thursday as more than 100 people waited for a glance at the 1960s and '70s TV icon from "Star Trek." Shatner is teaming up with the American Legion to raise awareness and money for the scholarships that helped cover college expenses for children of U.S. military men and women who have lost their lives while on duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Edmond conference center bids to open July 14

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday afternoon about upcoming Edmond events and developments. Join Diana's chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.





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