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, OK, leaders approve $3.2 million to start new trail system around Arcadia Lake

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahomam.com   | Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Officials will pay $3.2 million for 3.1 miles of walking trail around Arcadia Lake in Edmond, OK, after approving two bids from Rudy Construction in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond Exchange for Oct. 3

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Edmond readies contents for a time capsule that will be displayed in its new public safety center.

  • Edmond canine officer's bad health forces retirement

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Edmond canine officer Mambo, an 8 1/2-year-old German shepherd, retired this week from the city police department after six years because of health problems. His handler, Sgt. Neil Martin, will continue to keep the dog. Mambo's service was recognized with a proclamation before the city council. Mayor Charles Lamb said Mambo has safeguarded the lives and property of citizens in Edmond. He was responsible for successfully tracking numerous suspects and making countless narcotic discovers, the mayor said. Martin and Mambo have been working together since Nov. 21, 2009 when Mambo was purchased by the police department for $8,900 after Martin’s former canine partner, 7-year-old Astor died of

  • Edmond city officials ban texting and driving

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    EDMOND — City council members approved this week an ordinance prohibiting texting while driving. The vote was unanimous by the five members of the Edmond City Council. "This has been long in coming," said Mayor Charles Lamb, a motorcyclist. "And, one I support." The ordinance will enable Edmond authorities to charge violators through the municipal court. Under the new city ordinance, drivers will be allowed to dictate text messages, but typing a message while the car is in motion will be against the law. "So, if your device would allow you to verbally dictate a message then you would not be in violation of our ordinance," said City Attorney Steve Murdock.

  • Downtown Edmond getting $2.6 million in help

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Edmond council members approved this week spending $2.6 million to make storm water improvements and add downtown side street parking. Previous downtown floods are the claims in a 2010 lawsuit pending against the city in Oklahoma County District Court. The latest flooding occurred over the July 4 holiday weekend at Downtown Edmond Plaza, 100 N Broadway. Developer Saeed Zahrai said his property did not flood before the 2008 city streetscape program was completed. He blames it on an engineering flaw in storm sewer and sidewalk design and construction performed in 2008. In 2010, the city completed a $2.1 million regional detention area that was expected to resolve downtown flooding

  • Everyday it is getting closer to opening in Edmond

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Memorabilia familiar to Edmond people today is being preserved and packaged in a steel time capsule that will be on displayed in the lobby of the new public safety center in downtown Edmond until its opened in 50 years. A committee has been collecting items for the time capsule that will be sealed during the opening ceremonies for the new complex at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 in downtown Edmond after a letter from Mayor Charles Lamb and copies of that day's local newspapers are included in the capsule. An electric toothbrush, Legos, a 2014 U.S.

  • Edmond officials approve ban on texting while driving

    By Diana Baldwin Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Edmond city officials have approved a texting while driving ban that brings the city's laws into line with a state law that goes into effect in November.

  • Got a question about Edmond?

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly column about what is going on in Edmond finds answers for The Oklahoman and Newsok.com readers. Here is one of the recent questions and answers. Reader Julia Burns asked: Is there ever any discussion by the Edmond council of the unattractive growth of Edmond in recent years? We built a home here in 1971, because of the schools and to bring up our children in a small, safe community. So did many others. I have watched that special community turn into seemingly never-ending sprawl. Where is a leadership that understands the value of the qualities that have been draining away at an ever faster clip? Mayor Charles Lamb answered: Edmond City Council and staff work hard at planning for growth and

  • Edmond housing market up

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Edmond saw 431 house closing transactions during August. That is up 16 over last year's record numbers, according to local real estate agent Brian Preston's monthly Preston Report. The number of active listings is up 19.49 percent from this time last year. Pending contracts are 649, the exact number of last year, Preston reported. New homes on the market are up 15 percent from this time last year and up 28.8 percent from two years ago. “We are on track for another record year, but sellers will have to watch what they are asking for their house with more competition out there for them,” Preston said. Average price of an Edmond house is $284,138.

  • Edmond public transportation advances

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    City council members recently approved a memorandum of understanding to create a Central Oklahoma Regional Task Force for the development of a Regional Transit Authority. Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner and Chip Nolan, Edmond's transportation coordinator, will serve on the task force representing Edmond with other participants — Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, Midwest City and Del City. Edmond will contribute almost $190,000 during the next three fiscal years to the project. This is a long-term project to provide and operate rail transportation to these cities in central Oklahoma.

  • Downtown Edmond get more parking

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Bids to build 58 new downtown parking spaces are expected to be opened Tuesday. The additional spaces will be built once the new public safety center is completed and opens Oct. 29. The old Chase Bank drive-thru, southwest of First Street and Littler Avenue, has been demolished as part of the public safety center project. Timberlake Construction continues to use the property as a staging area. “The configuration of the new lot will provide for a more efficient use of space for parking,” said City Manager Larry Stevens. “A small outdoor employee patio space just outside the south door of the CityFirst building also will be provided.” Funding to build the parking will come from the

  • West Nile virus reported in Edmond

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    EDMOND — People living on Sixth Street between Rankin and Boulevard were notified this week to get rid of standing water around their houses after a case of West Nile virus was reported in Edmond, said Leslie Buford, with the OU Medical Center in Edmond. “We have gotten lots of calls,” said Buford, director of community relations and volunteer services. “People were concerned about what to do about the standing water.” People with symptoms are urged to go to the emergency room or to see their primary care physician. “Signs and symptoms of severe disease include headache and fever, as well as disorientation, convulsions, muscle weakness, coma and paralysis,” Buford said.

  • Edmond utilities host open house Oct. 8

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

                                       Residents are invited to attend this free open house on Oct. 8, held in conjunction with National Public Power Week from Oct. 4 to 10. Edmond Electric and Edmond Water Resources are hosting the event at the Cross Timbers Public Service Center. This year’s event will include children's safety demonstrations, bucket truck rides, backhoe bowling and lineman rescue demonstrations. Canned goods and personal hygiene donations will be collected for the Project 66 Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off at the T-Shirt tent at Open House.

  • Edmond Exchange for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Diana Baldwin: Edmond Exchange for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

  • West Nile report in Edmond prompts warning on water

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Edmond residents who live on Sixth Street between Rankin and Boulevard were told this week to get rid of standing water around their homes after a case of West Nile virus was reported in the city.

  • Pedicabs to offer options in downtown Edmond

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Pedicabs, carriages built for up to five people and powered by a cyclist, are expected to be seen in Edmond sometime this fall, a new venture of developer Koorosh Zahrai and Edmond Pedicabs LLC.

  • Downtown Edmond work to cost $2.6M

    BY DIANA BALDWIN STAFF WRITER dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    A task force has recommended the city of Edmond spend $2.6 million to fix storm water problems and add side street parking.

  • September Heard on Hurd Success in Downtown Edmond

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    EDMOND —Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd street festival drew a crowd of 14,000 to enjoy music from five performers and local food and pop-up shops from nearly 60 vendors. This month there was a special performance by the Edmond Fine Arts Youth Chorus. University of Central Oklahoma’s mascot Buddy Broncho drummed up some school spirit for the Edmond University and Ida Freeman Elementary School’s third grade class also had a presence on Saturday to raise money for class projects. “We were honored to have an opportunity to participate in this month’s Heard on Hurd. The kids had a blast with face painting and designing an obstacle course.

  • Edmond to raise water, sewer, electricity rates

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    EDMOND — The city's water and wastewater rates will rise on Nov. 1 to help pay for an estimated $300 million worth of infrastructure improvements. Water rates are to go up between 4 percent and 6 percent each of the next five years. Wastewater rates will increase from 10 percent to 11 percent each of the next five years. The average residential bill will jump $2.78 a month the first year. A typical residential bill, which is 10,000 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of wastewater, will rise from $25.30 to $28.08 a month. An Edmond Electric rate hike also will take effect Nov. 1. Residential customers will see a 2.5 percent jump that will raise the average residential bill by $2.58 a month.

  • Delays out of the way for Edmond hotel and conference center

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

    Edmond city officials signed updated paperwork this week to move ahead with the construction of a 158-room hotel and conference center.