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 couple’s neighbors say rezoning request gets their goat

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Neighbors in Edmond, Oklahoma, were worried there would be an unpleasant aroma, runoff and flies if the farm animals were allowed on five acres owned by John and Lori Chancey.

  • Edmond schools expect more than 600 new students this year

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with Bret Towne, new Edmond Public Schools superintendent, Thursday afternoon about the start of the new school year. Join Diana's chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Edmond bronzes restored to shine one piece at a time

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Restorer has contract to work on Edmond's 162 public bronze statues. The federal statue honoring the victims of the Edmond Post Office killings is a project he's handling for free.

  • Edmond office plats recommended

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    The preliminary and final plats for The Quarters at Kelley Pointe II Addition were approved this week by the planning commission. The Kelley Pointe Development Co. project is located west of Kelly Avenue and a half mile north of 33rd Street. It covers 9.94 acres. Council members will make a final decision Aug. 24. Developers are requesting 20 office lots south of Petra Industries Wholesale Distributor. "They are continuing to develop these lots for medium-size and smaller office buildings,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. "These are residential-style offices.

  • Grim Edmond anniversary coming up

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

      Today  is the 29th anniversary of the Edmond post office shootings. Disgruntled postal worker Patrick Sherrill killed 14 co-workers and injured six others before killing himself at the Edmond post office where he worked. Sherrill, who thought he was being treated unfairly at his part-time job, fatally shot more people in a single day than all but one other gunman in U.S. history up to that point.

  • Edmond badge to show new home

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Edmond police officers will be wearing special badges on their uniforms for the first year after the city's new public safety center opens. The oval, gold badge with blue lettering will feature an embossed replica of the new building on the corner of First Street and Littler Avenue. The city's red and white seal is centered on the badge. Officers purchased the $85 badges with their own money, Assistant Police Chief Steve Thompson said. One of the specially-made badges will be enclosed in a time capsule now being created and will be on display in the Public Safety Center, the new home of police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency management operations.  The time capsule will be

  • Avilla Williams named to board

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Avilla T. Williams, president of INTEGRIS Health Edmond, has joined the Citizens Bank of Edmond board of directors. Williams brings a proven record of leadership and a deep commitment to the Edmond community. “I am thrilled to join the Citizens Bank of Edmond board of directors,” Williams said. “The bank’s long history of serving the people of Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro area and maintaining ethical business practices is pivotal to my decision to serve on the board of directors.

  • Edmond's downtown a party place

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    After attracting its largest crowd to date in July, nearly 16,000 people, Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd will return from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 at the corner of Broadway and Hurd with music, food and shopping. The Heard on Hurd stage will feature the indie folk-punk The So Help Me’s from Oklahoma City, pop-rock singer/songwriter Maggie McClure of Norman and Los Angeles, and the indie rock of Norman’s Mike Hosty. Last month, the Edmond City Council allowed organizers to expand Heard on Hurd one block south on Broadway from Main Street to First Street. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/heardonhurd.

  • Edmond sorority gets more parking

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Planning commissioners this week recommended approval of a site plan to add 51 new parking spaces for the Sigma Kappa sorority on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Council members will make a final decision at the Aug. 24 meeting. City leaders years ago identified a Greek District north of the Edmond campus. This property falls within that area, which is not a zoning district or special district. No buildings are part of the site plan. Sorority members will have a total of 82 parking spaces.

  • At Farmers Grain Co. in Edmond, sisters hope to harvest success with new cafe

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The former grain elevators and longtime Edmond farm store sold in January.

  • Volunteers wanted to help with Arcadia Lake trash

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    EDMOND — Friends of Arcadia Lake Equestrian Trails will hold a work day from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday to clean the equestrian trails. Volunteers are welcome to come on horses. Due to lake flooding, trash has washed up over the trails. The trails have been cleared by the staff but the surrounding areas are very trashy. Come to the equestrian parking area at Air Depot Boulevard. Exit east off Interstate 35 at 33rd Street in Edmond, go east until 33rd ends at Air Depot, turn south and Air Depot Boulevard dead ends at the equestrian parking lot. Volunteers should wear long pants, spray for ticks and bring gloves, rakes and shovels. To volunteer, email trfolks@gmail.com.

  • Edmond is talking trash

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Let's talk trash: Eight trash trucks operate each day in Edmond. Each route picks up 1,400 containers a day - 11,200 total carts at day. City officials said they need your help with the following steps. 1. Place the cart within 1 foot of the curb. 2. Place the cart at least 3 feet from any surrounding objects - cars, mailboxes and other trash carts. 3. Lids must face the right direction. There is an arrow on the top of the cart. 4. Always bag the trash, even lawn clippings. 5. The lid must be shut. Don't over stuff the cart. The trash might not get picked up. 6. Don't put unacceptable items in the cart. No construction debris, pain, concrete or chemicals. Don't forget to

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Edmond Exchange for Aug. 1, 2015

  • Edmond's Campbell Corner moving forward

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    A 15,683-square-foot building on the southeast corner of Campbell and Broadway is expected to open in the fall. The two-story building, to be named Campbell Corner, is four blocks down Campbell from Old North on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

  • Watch out: More road construction in Edmond

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Work to resurface a section of 33rd Street started Thursday and is expected to last about two weeks if the weather cooperates. The area to be resurfaced is from Interstate 35 to Coltrane Road. There will be one lane open at all times. Motorists should expect delays. The resurfacing is part of the scheduled 2014-15 mill and overlay projects for the city.  Atlas Paving is contractor with a total cost of more than $3.9 million.

  • Edmond wellness cafe approved

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    City council members this week approved rezoning property from single family to commercial planned unit development for Michele Menzel Energetic Wellness Center. The property is on the north side of Edmond Road, just east of Lexington Way. The vote was 3-1 for approval. Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner voted no. Councilwomen Victoria Caldwell was not at the meeting. The building would be used for wellness consultations, health awareness classes, message therapy, foot baths, sauna, yoga meditation and exercise classes. There would be a retail store for the sale of supplements and natural food and a natural food cafe. The one-story building would be 5,000 square feet.  Operating hours will be 7

  • Edmond's Oak Tree against more houses

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    A request to re-plat the Country Club Drive Villas at Oak Tree from six lots to 12 lots was denied this week by the city council. Councilman Darrell Davis cast the single yes vote. Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell was not at the meeting. Neighbors were against the proposal from J Bentley Developments. The property is on the south side of Country Club Drive, east of Kelly Avenue and north of the driving range. The property is three acres and the lot sizes would be 8,500 square feet or larger. Neighbor John Sullivan presented the council with signatures of 56 homeowners objecting to the re-platting of the property.

  • Interstate 35 in Edmond to be studied

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Council members have agreed to join the Oklahoma Department of Transporation to study the Interstate 35 corridor from the Kilpatrick Turnpike north to Waterloo Road. The study is expected to cost $1.5 million. Edmond will pay up to $350,000 of the bill, said City Engineer Steve

  • Edmond dog park offers spot for some off-leash exercise

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Edmond's dog park now includes agility equipment.

  • Study recommends increase in Edmond's water, sewer rates to fund improvements

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

    City council members in Edmond, Oklahoma, did not make any decision on rate increases for water or wastewater services. They plan to hold a public hearing to inform customers about the increases and planned infrastructure improvements.