Graham Lee Brewer
Local News General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter

Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the Oklahoman in 2013.

Brewer has covered a variety of issues for The Oklahoman, including criminal justice, the state prison system, and the death penalty. He also lends a hand covering the state Legislature and county elections.

Brewer has won numerous local and national awards for his reporting, which has taken him from ancient villages in the deserts of the southwest to summits at the United Nations, from witnessing executions to riding along on cattle drives on the Oklahoma plains. He received a bachelors in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and a master’s in 2011.


  • Oklahoma Historical Society releases Bob Wills record

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Never before released recordings of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys have been released on vinyl by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

  • At least one dead, dozens injured across state after Monday's storms

    By Silas Allen and Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writers | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Severe storms and tornadoes resulted in one death, multiple injuries, and severe flooding across the state Monday. Several homes were damaged or destroyed, and several roads were closed due to high waters.

  • Oklahoma tornado survivors look ahead to life after the storm

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    People staying at an RV park and motel in Oklahoma City along Interstate 35 that were caught up in last week’s tornado are figuring out how to move forward. Among them were two New Zealanders touring the United States.

  • Oklahoma medical examiner's office says remains found near William S. Key Correctional Center belong to escaped inmate

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Skeletal remains found in Woodward County in July have been identified as an inmate named Michael J. Weber, who escaped from the William S. Key Correctional Center in 2012. The state medical examiner’s office says he could have frozen to death.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to consider constitutionality of Oklahoma's death penalty

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the state’s execution protocol, specifically the use of one of the three drugs in Oklahoma’s lethal cocktail. The court’s decision could have a lasting impact on the use of the drug across the country.

  • Norman Music Festival fills downtown Norman in its eighth year

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writers | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    With its financial situation balanced and steady and attendance in the tens of thousands, the Norman Music Festival has become a massive free music event that draws bands and fans from across the state and country.

  • More than a thousand gather to honor teen who died in Friday wreck

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    It was standing room only in the People’s Church auditorium as students and friends came to pay tribute to Cleatus “C.J.” Davis, who died in a car wreck on Friday.

  • Oklahoma County sheriff says reserve deputies are essential to department

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    “Bottom line is we wouldn’t be able to do our job of protecting our citizens were it not for the reserve deputies that we have,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, who despite an annual budget approaching $32 million said budget restrictions keep him from adequately staffing his department with full-time deputies.

  • OU's Air Force ROTC to leave historic building this summer

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Oklahoma has been asked by the university to vacate their building by mid-July. The university said the historic building has reached the end of its useful life but has declined to say what will go in its place.

  • OU President David Boren commits to end apparel contract over work conditions

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren said he will end an apparel contract with VF Corp. unless it commits to signing an agreement guaranteeing safe working conditions in its Bangladesh garment factories.

  • Oklahoma City dinner club disputes state health department order to close

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The state Health Department issued the operators of Nani, an Oklahoma City dinner club, with a cease and desist order, arguing the small but popular business must license themselves as a restaurant. Nani’s owners say they are private chefs, an industry currently unregulated in the state.

  • Moore radio towers destroyed in tornado had been standing for decades

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The three radio towers in south Moore that were destroyed in Wednesday’s tornado had a rich history of sending radio programs and American rock music across the globe.

  • Tornado touches down in Moore, Oklahoma

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Multiple tornadoes hop-scotched across Oklahoma on Wednesday, leaving at least one person dead in Sand Springs and at least 20 people treated at metro hospitals, four with serious injuries.

  • Open Streets OKC promotes active transportation with Uptown event

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Bicyclists and long-boarders carefully navigated a crowded NW 23 Street as pedestrians and dogs weaved down nearly a mile of the busy Uptown street full of activities and information booths at the second annual Open Streets OKC on Sunday afternoon. The event, put together by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department Wellness Now Coalition in conjunction with partners who supported the organization of the event, closed NW 23 Street between Western and Robinson, inviting residents to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. “The main idea is to promote active transportation,” said Jackie Shawnee, director of communications with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

  • Collie breeders compete in annual event in Oklahoma City

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Collie breeders and owners from all over the world are in Oklahoma City this week to compete in the annual Collie Club of America’s National Specialty.

  • Documentary on inmate dog training program to screen Wednesday

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A documentary that chronicles the beginning of an inmate dog training program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud will have its first screening Wednesday at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • African-American SAE reacts to racist video

    Graham Lee Brewer | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    By now, we’ve all seen the video showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon members from the University of Oklahoma chanting a racist song, which has been condemned by everybody from the fraternity’s national office to the White House. African-American leaders and a former African-American chapter member have spoken out. OU linebacker Eric Striker also told The Oklahoman about […]

  • Intensity of Oklahoma City fire required defensive mode, additional trucks

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City firefighters approach fires differently, depending on the types of structure and the intensity and spread of the flames.

  • Two are indicted in Edmond terrorism hoax

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    An Oklahoma City woman and a Saudi Arabian man are accused of reporting a terrorism hoax in Edmond.

  • Oklahoma House passes bill allowing nitrogen hypoxia as alternate execution method

    By Rick M. Green and Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Oklahoma House passes bill allowing nitrogen hypoxia as alternate execution method




Graham Lee Brewer Sun, May. 24 2015 11:09:26 AM CST The @NWS has confirmed this is the wettest month in OKC's recorded history, which began in 1890, per @SilasAllen1. #okwx
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, May. 21 2015 05:01:58 PM CST RT @briOKC: Help @newsok reporter @grahambrewer mentor young native journalists LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, May. 21 2015 01:27:35 PM CST RT @rkrehbiel: Rep. Mike Ritze wants to know if OK POP will have exhibits devoted to "communist sympathizer" Woody Guthrie.
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, May. 21 2015 10:19:11 AM CST “There’s a certain group of our students that we cannot control.” OKC teachers bemaon lack of discipline in students LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, May. 21 2015 10:14:43 AM CST Nice look back at the top 10 Oklahomans who played 'Late Show with David Letterman' and killed it by @BAMOK LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 20 2015 05:01:42 PM CST Nebraska Lawmakers Move Step Closer To Repealing Death Penalty LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 20 2015 09:54:56 AM CST RT @TonyinOKC: @TheOklahoman @grahambrewer "everyone drops a few fly balls" -- Tom Cole on Jeb Bush's answer about whether to, you know, go…
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 20 2015 09:46:19 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week LINK LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Tue, May. 19 2015 08:10:47 PM CST @AndrewKnittle I don't what's worse for this guy: his car situation or you standing there taking a half dozen pictures of him struggling.
Graham Lee Brewer Tue, May. 19 2015 01:44:29 PM CST Mental illness in Oklahoma's prison system: LINK via @OklahomaWatch
Graham Lee Brewer Mon, May. 18 2015 05:10:35 PM CST @Straztastic @jasonkersey Not to mention that this conviction will never be expunged. He will always be on the sex offender registry.
Graham Lee Brewer Mon, May. 18 2015 05:09:33 PM CST @Straztastic @jasonkersey Perhaps, but 2 years in a state prison for an 18 year-old convicted rapist won't exactly be easy, I would imagine.
Graham Lee Brewer Mon, May. 18 2015 04:56:56 PM CST @CoreyLambrecht Bruce Wayne?
Graham Lee Brewer Mon, May. 18 2015 04:45:20 PM CST Long time coming, but the court case of the NHS student whose sexual assaults sparked a school protest is over: LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Fri, May. 15 2015 06:31:13 PM CST RT @markberman: What you need to know about the federal death penalty, which the federal government can't actually use right now LINK
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, May. 14 2015 01:21:09 PM CST RT @briOKC: Follow @jaclyncosgrove for wacky medical board hearing on "Queen of Lean" https://t.co/x1YHoxLKvS
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 13 2015 09:38:24 PM CST @TessTeague who did Ronald Reagan report for?
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 13 2015 04:26:32 PM CST Oklahoma Attorney General Admits “Error” In Brief To Supreme Court, But Says It Has No Bearing On Ca LINK via @csmcdaniel
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 13 2015 02:28:57 PM CST RT @alexcampbell: Sorry, that's ever so slightly off: 58% of Okla. prisoners serving life without parole for drug offenses are black.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, May. 13 2015 02:22:21 PM CST RT @alexcampbell: 7% of Oklahomans are black. 62% of Okla. prisoners serving life without parole for non-violent offenses are black. http:/…

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