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 historical museum to close for repairs

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The Edmond Historical Society & Museum closed so the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality can remove lead paint, lead dust and asbestos from the city-owned building that was once an armory. It will reopen in early spring. Winter events planned at the museum will be moved temporarily to other locations or rescheduled to the spring and summer.

  • Edmond's sales tax remains steady

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The fifth sales tax collection check for this fiscal year shows about a 1.9 percent increase over last year. Edmond received nearly $5.4 million for the last half of the month of September and the first half of October. "We are still below our 2.5 percent annual budget projection," said City Manager Larry Stevens. "We are holding steady, but below what we projected." City officials approved a $252 million budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. The new budget includes growth of 2.5 percent. The general fund will get nearly $2.9 million of the November sales tax collection check.

  • Edmond apartments win over commercial development

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    City council members this week approved rezoning 11.78 acres of land on the north side of Second Street and east of Vista Lane from a commercial planned unit development to multi-family residential district to make way for 141 new apartments. The will be the second phase of Legend V apartments. Adjacent property owner Hilde Johnson and her attorney, Perry Kaufman, argued against the zoning change and amendment to the city's zoning code. Council members also agreed to amend Edmond Plan IV, the city's zoning code. Randel Shadid, attorney for Mike Henderson, the owner of the apartment development, said a 30-foot dropoff on the property would make it expensive to building anything commercial.

  • Want to serve Edmond schools?

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Anyone interested in running for the Edmond school board District No. 1 seat must file for office from Dec. 7 thru 9 at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd. The election is Feb. 9. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be an April 5 runoff election. Lee Ann Kuhlman, who holds the seat, said she plans to seek another five-year term. All candidates must live in the district, be a registered voter in the district, have a high school diploma or equivalency and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions. Candidates or immediate family members cannot be employed by the school district. For District No. 1 boundaries, go

  • Edmond Exchange for Nov. 14

    From Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com   | Published: Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    Edmond Exchange for Nov. 14, 2015

  • 11th year for Edmond glass ornament

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    The Edmond Fine Arts Institute for the past 11 years has commissioned Andy Boatman, Blue Sage Studios, to design and create a commemorative glass ornament for holiday decorating and giving. This year Boatman has made handblown ornaments with Thunder fans in mind.  Circles of royal blue and white on heart-shaped translucent glass make the 2015 “Heart of the OKC” ornament unique.  “Andy’s ornaments have become collector’s items and can be enjoyed year-round,”said Katie Collins, Fine Arts Institute president.  “We always look forward to his creative ideas and appreciate the partnership with Blue Sage Studios.” The ornaments are available at

  • Edmond city planners eye solutions for dwindling commercial space

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The city has only about 1,000 acres of land projected for commercial use left to be developed, and Edmond officials are concerned because the city operates primarily on sales tax revenue.

  • Edmond planners recommend 122-lot housing addition

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The Edmond City Council will make the final decision on the preliminary plat on Nov. 23.

  • Edmond Exchange for Oct. 31

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoma.com | Updated: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Construction has started on the first leg of a trail that backers hope will encircle Arcadia Lake in Edmond.

  • Edmond's public safety building is a new look for downtown

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    A nearly $37 million public safety center building on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue in Edmond will soon be the home of police headquarters, public safety communications and emergency management operations.

  • Walmart appeals Edmond planning commissioners' denial of site plan

    By Diana Baldwin Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Edmond's city council will hear an appeal of a highly contested site plan that would've resulted in a Neighborhood Market at Covell and Coltrane roads. Walmart attorneys said planning commissioners based their decision on factors that were contrary to law. The commissioners' vote was 2-2 with one commissioner not attending the meeting, and the tie vote counted as a denial.

  • Edmond residents see public safety center for first time

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Edmond's nearly $37 million public safety center was dedicated Thursday as more than 50 police officers stood at attention near the front door of the 70,000-square-foot, three-story downtown building at Littler Avenue and First Street. Beginning Monday, the center will be the new police headquarters with public safety communications and emergency management operations as well as a 38-inmate jail in the basement.

  • Edmond's new public safety center dedicated

    By Diana Baldwin Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Police officers stood at attention around the front door of the public safety center during a dedication ceremony in downtown Edmond. The more than 70,000-square-foot building at Littler Avenue and First Street is the new home for police headquarter, public safety communications and emergency management.

  • Edmond mayor's prayer breakfast has thankful theme

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

    Robin Marsh, an author and news anchor at KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City, was the speaker for the Edmond mayor's prayer breakfast Tuesday. Her talk focused on reasons to be grateful.

  • Need answers. Ask Edmond Exchange.

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Edmond Exchange is a weekly column about what is going on in Edmond. Readers submit questions and Edmond Exchange finds answers. Here is an example: Reader Dennis Stokes asked: "We were wondering when they were going to repave Thomas between Danforth and Covell roads? This is a very busy street with the two schools on it. They have attempted to patch it, but it just seems to be getting worse. It is terrible whether you are northbound or southbound." City Engineer Steve Manek answered: "This street is currently scheduled to be completely removed and widened possibly in late 2017 or 2018. To mill and overlay this street would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, which would be completely ripped out in the matter of a

  • Edmond planners approve wellness center plan

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    EDMOND - Planning commissioners this week approved a site plan for the Michele Menzel Energetic Wellness Center. The property is on the north side of Edmond Road, just east of Lexington Way. Dr. Michele Menzel will construct a new 4,999-square-foot building on 4.5 acres. Plans call for the wellness center to offer consultations, health-awareness classes, message therapy, foot baths, sauna, yoga meditation and exercise classes. Plans also call for a retail store offering supplements and natural food and a natural food cafe. Menzel will operate her business from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Trails housing addition is to the north and Winding Creek housing addition is to the west. Citizens

  • Edmond to give away 250 trees on Oct. 31

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    The Edmond Urban Forestry Department will give away 250 three-gallon trees to Edmond residents.

  • Edmond Exchange

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    Spooky, fun opportunities await Edmond youths as Halloween approaches. Storybook Forest, at Arcadia Lake's Spring Creek Park, runs this weekend and during the week through Oct. 30, while another Halloween event for Edmond children is planned at J.L. Mitch Park Oct. 31.

  • Early Edmond Halloween fun

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    This year’s Storybook Forest, a family alternative to frightening Halloween activities, is open at Arcadia Lake. The event geared for age 10 and younger allows children to meet their favorite fable characters as they walk the tree-lined trails of Arcadia Lake. Storybook Forest is held at Spring Creek Park, 2 1/2 miles east of Interstate 35 on 15th Street. The trails are open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $8 per child on Monday through Thursday and $10 on Friday through Sunday, cash only. Adults with children are admitted free. Children can wear costumes. For more information, call 216-7470.

  • Wine through Time event to raise funds for Edmond museum

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    The 2015 Wine through Time annual fundraising event will benefit the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.





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