Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Share this with a creative high school student

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Like many high schools across Oklahoma, my school didn’t have a journalism class. So, when I was 17, I walked into my local newspaper’s office and asked for an internship. They didn’t have an internship program set up for high school students, but I basically just kept showing up, and they were kind enough to give […]

  • Oklahoma family struggles to find help for son with schizoaffective disorder

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Lori Penner sits at the plastic table in the corner of a Braum’s store, and at first, she seems nervous. She repeatedly breaks eye contact, looking out the window, again and again. It’s a warm Monday afternoon in September in northwest Oklahoma City. The ice cream store is near NW 39 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where panhandlers regularly hold cardboard signs, requesting money, work or just “Anything helps.” Coincidentally, on this particular Monday, Penner’s son is among them, and she has spent the past half hour watching him. “He’s right there,” she says, looking at the tall thin man with a white T-shirt and gray pants. “He sees my car out there. He’s right there — that’s my son.

  • Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Augusta Cox, 39, is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, a brain disorder she is successfully living with.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • After more than a year, Norman man works to recover from West Nile virus

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Doctors say Oklahoman Jason Wisdom shouldn’t have lived. And after he survived, they said he probably wouldn’t walk again. He has defied those claims, but he hasn’t done it alone, he said.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • High school students: Interested in journalism? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    This photo is of a group of incredibly talented young people from across the Oklahoma City metro — last year’s Newsroom 101 class. Newsroom 101 is The Oklahoman’s high school journalism program. Each year, from January to May, our students work to produce stories, photos, videos and more. Their work is published in The Oklahoman and in Hot Ink, […]

  • Some Oklahoma communities stop fluoridating water because of cost

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Over the past five years, a decreasing number of Oklahoma communities have fluoridated their water, largely due to cost, public health officials say.

  • What's it like? Electroconvulsive therapy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    What’s it like? Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove takes a look at electroconvulsive therapy and its use as a treatment for certain mental health issues.

  • #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Meet Fred Clanton, an Oklahoman diagnosed with schizophrenia. Actually, Fred is a character in “Mental Hospital,” a film produced in 1953 that shows what life was like for patients in Oklahoma’s mental health institutions. From what I can gather, the film was produced by the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of damaging Ten Commandments monument struggles with mental illness, family says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Family and friends of Michael Tate Reed II remember him as a bright man with a strong faith. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to be a preacher, and maybe even a traveling televangelist. But over the past two years, his family has seen his mental health suffer, with a list of events leading up to the evening of Oct. 23 when he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

  • Ebola travel protocol created for Oklahoma County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Oklahoma County public health officials have put a protocol into place regarding how Oklahomans who travel to any of the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be monitored upon their return.

  • After more than four months, Oklahoma City VA reopens heart program

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Federal authorities grew concerned about the number of heart patients who died shortly after surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

  • What's it like: To have a planned home birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: When discussing whether to have a planned home birth, it’s important for families to research midwives or physicians they would like to use, interviewing prospective midwives to ensure they are comfortable with their levels of experience and practices.

  • Q&A: Physician assistants play important role in prescription drug addiction debate in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Dan McNeill, clinical professor at Oklahoma City University, is the president of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants. He answered a few questions about the organization’s efforts to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

  • Heart disease isn't decreasing as quickly in Oklahoma, compared to rest of nation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In the United States, heart disease mortality has decreased since the 1950s. However, these declines are not being seen in some Oklahoma counties.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.

  • ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Over the past three months, Oklahomans have searched Google for Ebola-related terms more frequently than residents in any other state.   The Oklahoma City metro region has had some of the highest amount of Ebola search activity in the state. Oddly enough, Goldsy, a town of about 2,000 people in McClain County, has a particularly […]

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:12 PM This is what your Gmail looks like when it's empty. I declared email bankruptcy. I feel free. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:58 AM RT @okmobilefitness: Still making house calls LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:06 AM Register now for the SPJ Region 8 Spring Conference, hosted March 28 in Norman LINK #journalism #Oklahoma
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Feb. 28 2015 10:13:04 PM CST Greetings from sunny Oklahoma City! #okcigers #igers_okc #igersokc #okc_igers #snow #winter https://t.co/vEnPUXtKWW
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Feb. 28 2015 12:08:04 PM CST RT @picassocafe: Our fearless leader on a mission to salt the entire @PaseoOKC plus he bought us sleds! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Feb. 28 2015 09:14:43 AM CST @OklahomaWatch Was that the same woman who interrupted Texas Muslim Capitol Day?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Feb. 28 2015 09:05:18 AM CST @Mister_Sommer I'm five episodes deep and want to open my Apple computer and talk powerfully and hushed about my plot for world takeover.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 01:26:06 PM CST @CarlessInOKC You might be into this: LINK Pretty interesting commentary.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 01:23:49 PM CST Injustice at the Intersection: How our unwalkable streets and highways affect urban poor LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:40:01 PM CST "25 percent of our population is dying of heart disease — that should be alarming to people" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:15:14 PM CST I want GMO snow. Like snow mixed with Rain‑X De-Icer. It would taste terrible to children, but they need to learn disappointment early.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:06:19 PM CST In about three hours, each OKC resident will probably be able to make their very own commemorative 2015 Jim Inhofe Congressional Snowballs™
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:23:55 AM CST @oksoonercare @TheOklahoman I will email Jennie and Jo the details on how to do that.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:21:52 AM CST @HeideWrite @dustin_hughes If you meet a girl named Zille, she was in Newsroom 101! Great kid!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:21:24 AM CST RT @HeideWrite: @jaclyncosgrove @dustin_hughes lots of nasty protest comments, but Interfaith Alliance outnumbers the protestors.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:20:31 AM CST RT @BuzzFeed: RIP Leonard Nimoy LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:19:37 AM CST "It’s much more difficult to be healthy in the environment that we’ve created in Oklahoma" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:57:08 AM CST @dustin_hughes @HeideWrite I will. I'll just make a sign that says, "Go home, Texan. You're drunk."
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:50:49 AM CST RT @HeideWrite: Protesters at Capitol for Muslim event. Interfaith alliance is hoping escort members of the Muslim community in LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:46:23 AM CST "What I’m seeing in our small community is a lot of stigma pointing towards Muslims" LINK

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