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 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.

  • Edmond red cedar come down

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

      EDMOND -- Eastern red cedar trees on city-owned property just north of Gracelawn Cemetery have been chopped down and chipped into mulch. The property is expected to be used for the expansion of the city-owned cemetery. The harvest of cedar trees is a project of the city's urban forestry department.  The trees were chipped to provide mulch for trees and landscapes planted on Edmond’s street medians. The project will save money, as cutting and chipping the cedar trees can be done at a lower cost than buying mulch commercially. “Providing trees with a layer of mulch is an important step to keeping our public trees healthy,” said Leigh Martin, urban forestry program specialist.

  • Edmond exchange for Sept. 12

    BY DIANA BALDWIN STAFF WRITER dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    Edmond exchange for Sept. 12, 2015

  • Fitzgerald gets Edmond fire promotion

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    EDMOND -- Mike Fitzgerald has been named chief of fire prevention. Fitzgerald is a 22-year veteran of the fire department. Most recently, he assisted the prevention division as a fire prevention specialist. Previously, he was the assistant training officer in the training division. His career with the department began in 1993 in the suppression division and he was also a firefighter and an apparatus operator. “It is an honor to be selected to serve as the chief of prevention for the Edmond Fire Department. I look forward to supporting the members of the department while providing education and safety to the community,” said Fitzgerald. His salary is $108,033.

  • Edmond planners say yes to duplexes

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    EDMOND -- Planning commissioners this week recommended the city's zoning plan be amended and property on the east side of Santa Fe Avenue and south of Crest Grocery be rezoned from D-1 restricted retail commercial to residential planned unit development. Chairman Barry Moore voted against both requests. John Coleman is wanting to development 8.84 acres to make room for 35 duplexes or 70 individual units. Crest Grocery is located to the north and Ripple Creek housing addition is to the south and east. The eastern part of the property is in a flood plain and cannot be built on.

  • Flags fly over Edmond in 9/11 remembrance

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    EDMOND -- Flags were flying on the campuses of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University on Friday in remembrance of victims of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. About 3,000 American flags were planted around Broncho Lake on the UCO Edmond campus after a speech by Edmond Chief of Police Bob Ricks. Prior to his appointment as police chief in 2003, Ricks spent 26 years in the FBI with posts including special agent in charge during the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Following his retirement from the FBI, Ricks served eight years as Oklahoma's Secretary of Safety and Security.

  • Flags fly in Oklahoma to remember 9/11, OKC bombing victims

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Flags flew in tributes at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University to honor victims of the terror attacks on Sept. 1, 2001, and and the Murrah Building bombing on April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City.

  • Edmond decorated in blue bows for police appreciation

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    EDMOND — People have been showing their appreciation for Edmond police officers this week with blue ribbons tied on trees throughout downtown and the rest of the city. Edmond Downtown Business Association members secured 70 ribbons on downtown trees Wednesday and collected sweets and drinks for the officers at police headquarters. The Zahrai family, which owns Plaza USA, a development company, sponsored free Evoke coffee for the officers during the day. Their efforts sparked more interest from people in the city wanting blue ribbons on their property, so wives of the Edmond officers got together and made blue ribbons to show their appreciation for their husbands. Edmond

  • Covell Road development dies before Edmond planning board

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Opponents to the 405-house development said Covell Road can't handle the additional traffic. Edmond already plans to expand the street near Coltrane Road to four lanes.





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