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.


  • What's it like: To suffer from compulsive overeating

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., affecting an estimated 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men. The cause of binge eating remains unclear. It could be a mixture of factors, including genetics, psychological factors, a person’s social interactions and culture.

  • 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.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 24 2015 04:13:31 PM CST @TRains78 She just seems like a little baby Falkor. #NeverEndingStory
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 24 2015 01:37:30 PM CST RT @CarlaKJohnson: McDonald: "We'll fix that." (Responding to journalists getting stonewalled by VA communications staff in local VA facili…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 24 2015 01:37:10 PM CST RT @smuchmore: Climate change is an environmental justice issue. Disproportionately affects poor, minorities. #ahcj15
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 24 2015 01:36:00 PM CST RT @readfrontier: We may not have a website yet, but that won't stop us from giving you the scoop: https://t.co/MBCr5GDB8n
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Apr. 24 2015 01:35:49 PM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: For true mental health reform, Oklahoma needs political leadership, advocate says | News OK via .@jaclyncosgrove LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 08:41:44 PM CST @baileyhuntsman I can't say I endorse that, but, uh, keep me posted. ;-)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 08:30:18 PM CST RT @ZachAtkinson16: First tweet! #Twitter
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:33:28 PM CST That moment when you realize you made recalled ravioli for dinner last week. Thankfully, no listeriosis yet!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 05:44:30 PM CST RT @brettallred: For true mental health reform, Oklahoma needs political leadership, advocate says LINK @jaclyncosgrove @…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 05:44:20 PM CST Journalists before the weekend. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:18:21 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Police: WNBA's Brittney Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:04:53 AM CST RT @SPJDana: Bruce Jenner is a human being with feelings and family. Let's remember that tomorrow. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 10:11:35 AM CST #Resilience, a documentary about the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, is available online: LINK #WeRemember
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:48:34 AM CST In Oklahoma, a jail bed is always available. A treatment bed? Not so much, @MHAOKLA leader says LINK #mentalhealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:09:14 AM CST My editor suggested that I change my job into a singing health reporter gig. First up, "Grease," a redo of my obesity project. #webtraffic
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 22 2015 07:42:37 PM CST Domino's delivery in a Lexus. Oh, Nichols Hills.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 22 2015 07:25:18 PM CST @OKHealthEquity I feel like I should print this and frame it on my desk. A good reminder!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Apr. 22 2015 07:24:45 PM CST Today in Oklahoma's Addiction & Mental Health Community, a discussion on parenting, children and addiction. Join us: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL

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