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.


  • Three Cimarron County lawmen keep watch for pot from Colorado

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Marijuana from Colorado is keeping officials in Oklahoma's Panhandle counties busy as more pot is entering Oklahoma.

  • Norman Music Festival celebrates ninth year entertaining thousands

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Brianna Bailey and Nathan Poppe Staff Writers | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Norman Music Festival spokeswoman Michelle Bui estimated Saturday that attendance at this year's festival could top 100,000 if the packed streets of downtown Norman were any indication.

  • Oklahoma voters to decide on religious monuments on public land

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Senate Joint Resolution 72, by state Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, seeks to remove Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution, which the Oklahoma Supreme Court cited last year in ordering the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from Capitol grounds.

  • Vaccine bill sent to Oklahoma governor

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Bill passed by Oklahoma's Legislature would require doctors to provide parents information on the benefits and risks of vaccinating children.

  • Oklahoma House passes Real ID bill

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    If the bill becomes law, Echols said it would put Oklahoma in compliance with federal law.

  • Gov. Fallin signs bill allowing prisons to store lethal injection drugs

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Senate Bill 884 was signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday, giving the state Corrections Department the authority to obtain federal and state licenses to store controlled drugs. Currently, only physicians and hospitals can gain such licenses.

  • Oklahoma County jail fighting bed bug infestation

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Dozens of inmates have been moved out of three pods at the Oklahoma County jail due to a month-long bedbug infestation.  "We've basically taken everybody out of the areas in the meantime, and hopefully they won't spread," sheriff's department spokesman Mark Opgrande said. "Basically, you seal off a certain section of the jail and say 'nobody go in there.'" Opgrande said the infestation was first noticed about a month ago, and a local business that contracts with the jail tried to eradicate them but was unsuccessful. On Friday, a Dallas-based business that specializes in bed bug extermination was called in to give the jail a quote.

  • Jon Hansen, face of Oklahoma City Fire Department after bombing, died Friday

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Jon Hansen was the Oklahoma City Fire Department's spokesman during the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Hansen has died, an Oklahoma City fire spokesman confirmed Friday.

  • Oklahoma City 911 dispatcher, young sisters meet after call ends with burglary suspect's arrest

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Two Oklahoma City sisters met the 911 dispatcher who helped save them during a recent burglary at their home.

  • Charges dropped against man accused of flying drone into state penitentiary

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    Charges have been dropped against a man accused of flying a drone carrying drugs, weapons, and cellphones into the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

  • John Marshall coach suspected of having sex with student

    By Tim Willert and Graham Brewer Staff Writers twillert @oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Oklahoma City Public Schools says the part-time employee had worked for the district since March 31.

  • Hennessey, Oklahoma, police chief's wife faces charge in drug case

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Deanna Lynn Weber, wife of Hennessey's police chief, was arrested March 23 and charged with writing a false prescription to obtain painkillers by fraud. She posted $2,500 bail and was released.

  • Oklahoman forum explores mental health, justice system

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and others who spoke advocated for more early intervention in cases involving mental illness.

  • Panel to study constitutionality of Oklahoma death penalty system

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    Former Oklahoma Brad Henry will co-chair the commission with Reta Strubhar, a former Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals judge, and Andy Lester, a former U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma law enforcers learn to detect animal abuse

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    Cynthia Armstrong, the Humane Society’s Oklahoma director, said about 700 Oklahoma law officers received free training to learn about puppy mills, dog fighting, and animal cruelty.

  • Oklahoma City doctor arrested on sexual battery complaint

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    An Oklahoma City neurologist was arrested at his office Thursday after a female patient accused him of touching her inappropriately.

  • Group begins petition drive to change justice system

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Mar 10, 2016

    Oklahomans for Criminal Reform on Thursday launched a 90-day effort to gather enough signatures to place a justice reform proposal on a statewide ballot.

  • Historic buildings factor into Route 66 plan, Oklahoma officials say

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Mar 9, 2016

    About 100 local residents went to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Tuesday for a forum on proposed State Highway 66 projects between Arcadia and neighboring Luther.

  • Oklahoma correctional center offers nonviolent offenders a chance to focus

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    The Charles E. "Bill" Johnson Correctional Center in Alva, Oklahoma, employs a program that helps change nonviolent offenders, many facing drug charges, into productive members of society.

  • Man accused of stalking arrested in Oklahoma City woman's killing

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Mar 2, 2016

    Woman reported harassment more than a dozen times before she was found stabbed to death in her Oklahoma City home.




Graham Lee Brewer Today at 12:16 PM RT @mattdpearce: This, from last night, was one of the most "America" things I ever witnessed. https://t.co/XWQlPzOFKz
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, Apr. 28 2016 03:20:25 PM CST You can read Jason's warm farewell here: https://t.co/JSnQrxe1DX
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, Apr. 28 2016 03:18:30 PM CST Good luck to our Sooner FB writer @jasonkersey as he moves on. I'll never forget his article after the SAE video: https://t.co/qj47wC0inO
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, Apr. 28 2016 02:21:38 PM CST Congrats to my colleagues @nolan50ok & @RandyEllis2 on an induction into Okla Journalism Hall of Fame. Well deserved https://t.co/sXiWUWYBCq
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, Apr. 28 2016 11:08:12 AM CST https://t.co/lGQih7HJAo
Graham Lee Brewer Thu, Apr. 28 2016 11:08:00 AM CST Tuesday’s severe weather ‘bust’ is a communication wake-up call #okwx https://t.co/5v8nx9Sbiy https://t.co/pjac52N9T4
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 07:06:24 PM CST @EdwFarrell I believe manslaughter is an 85% crime.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 06:02:00 PM CST Robert Bates sentenced just now for the death of Eric Harris. https://t.co/4rZ4iapnuB
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 06:00:35 PM CST ICYMI: @CherokeeNation Principal Chief @chiefbillbaker's statement on Jackson removal from the $20 bill.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 05:51:05 PM CST Dear @USTreasury: Thank you. #cherokeeproud https://t.co/k7LhfFvhWL
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 05:45:07 PM CST Pins and needles... https://t.co/w6ku4c6pWA
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 03:44:57 PM CST https://t.co/Kfd1FIixI1
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 03:03:34 PM CST @PJR23 @emilylangok you should answer the phone in the Capitol press room sometime, my friend...
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 02:35:30 PM CST @emilylangok I've considered framing that email.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 02:20:18 PM CST @emilylangok a gentleman once wrote me, right after my first front page story, to tell me to get a shave and a haircut.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 02:15:43 PM CST @denwalt while you're there, could you grab me a new social security card?
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 02:09:41 PM CST I don't know that I will ever get calls as crazy as the ones I received when at our capitol bureau. https://t.co/AJQDrfTOrb
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 01:26:12 PM CST Jack's op-ed reminds me of Mondays Thunder game, when the guys behind us left early & stole my buddy's Thunder shirt https://t.co/CqB61XCDBW
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 12:47:36 PM CST Sorry, she will* sign them in about an hour.
Graham Lee Brewer Wed, Apr. 27 2016 12:20:59 PM CST .@GovMaryFallin just signed four #CriminalJusticeReform bills into law. https://t.co/fyUvxDBVN4

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