Jennifer Palmer
Watchdog Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to joining the The Oklahoman, she reported on breaking news and crime at The Omaha World-Herald and was a member of a team recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for their coverage of the Westroads Mall shooting in 2007. Palmer is a native of Norman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a columnist for The Oklahoma Daily.


  • Federal judge sides with Ziggyz's smoke shop owner in dispute with DEA

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denounced drug enforcement agents' methods after a raid earlier this year on a dozen Ziggyz pipe shops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

  • Parricide: High-profile killings in Oklahoma leaves experts searching for explanations

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    In nearly all parricide cases, a type of homicide in which a person kills a parent or other close family member, the perpetrators fall into one of three categories, said Howard Kurtz, a criminal justice professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

  • Bystanders intervene in fatal attack on Oklahoma labor commissioner

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    People were unable to prevent a deadly knife attack on Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, but they did manage to subdue the attacker until police arrived.

  • Norman veterans center worker charged with manslaughter had been disciplined for drug use

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Records released last week by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs show Kristen Eastham, 32, of Del City, received a formal reprimand Nov. 19 at the Norman Veterans Center for coming to work impaired.

  • Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board sets guidelines making more inmates eligible to apply for sentence reversal

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Tony Coleman, an Oklahoma City attorney who works with clients seeking commutation, said the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board could be inundated with applications from nonviolent offenders who are suddenly eligible to seek commutation.

  • Norman veterans center worker faces charge in fatal crash

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Kristen Eastham, 32, of Del City, was charged Friday with first-degree manslaughter and driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs after a wreck that killed Moore police officer Arthur DiVecchio,

  • Sentence in student sex case shocks ex-teacher in Oklahoma

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    A former Hollis teacher received a sentence of 10 years in prison for sex with student. An attorney for Jennifer Caswell, a former Hollis middle school teacher, characterized the punishment as harsh.

  • Spice, K2 makers continue game of smoke and mirrors with Oklahoma lawmakers

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    With each move by the Oklahoma Legislature, the makers of fake marijuana substances change their formulas to stay ahead of the law. Meanwhile, one Del City man's parents are suing over his death after smoking spice.

  • ReMerge program for mothers facing prison receives grant

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ReMerge provides assistance to women facing prison who are also pregnant or have young children.

  • Left behind? Child poverty in Oklahoma hasn't improved, report says

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    “We are not doing a very good job in Oklahoma at supporting kids and families in poverty,” said Terry Smith, president and chief executive of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, which gathered the state data for the foundation.

  • Parole board hires new director

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Twenty people applied for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's top post, and four candidates were interviewed.

  • Judge's ruling gives Oklahoma pipe shop owner breathing room

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The owner of a chain of pipe shops in Oklahoma whose business is at risk of being snuffed out by law enforcement has received a temporary victory in federal court.

  • Oklahoma parole board to consider shorter sentences for 12 inmates

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The state Pardon and Parole Board at it's June meeting addressed a backlog of requests by denying more than 100 inmates a chance to have their sentence commuted and granting hearings to 12.

  • New Oklahoma law seeks to keep guns away from dangerous mentally ill

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    A new Oklahoma law that went into effect Wednesday now requires courts to submit to the FBI the records of those who have been found mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to prevent them from buying guns or receiving a handgun license.

  • Gene Autry museum closes amid controversy over management

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    People in Gene Autry, a town in Carter County, Oklahoma, are raising questions about the management of the once-bustling Gene Autry Museum that closed in May.

  • OK state senator receives deferred sentence in alcohol case

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    State Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, was charged with actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Under a deal with prosecutors, he agreed to pay a $250 fine, about $1,000 in court costs and $150 in restitution to the Western Plains Youth & Family Services.

  • Oklahoma gay rights supporter hits brakes on license plate fight

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Despite once declaring he would take his fight to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, John P. Keefe II has dropped legal action against the Oklahoma Tax Commission for denying him a plate that reads "LGBTALY," an abbreviation for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender ally.

  • Norman jury convicts men as accessories to 2014 murder

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Rusty Wooten, 32, and Michael Tubby, 22, were found innocent in the murder of Justin Barnard, 24, during a home invasiion in 2014. But the two were found guilty of accessory to murder.

  • OU regents approve 4.8 percent tuition hike

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren said he reluctantly recommended a 4.8 percent tuition increase that was approved Wednesday by the OU Board of Regents.

  • Parole board considers 4 candidates for top post

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A final decision should be announced next month, board Chairman Vanessa Price said.




Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 31 2015 01:28:43 PM CST fascinating http://t.co/WRkgNGOR81
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:41:50 AM CST An Oklahoma mention (of course) in "Prison Vendors See Continued Signs of a Captive Market" http://t.co/XElKEDrltL
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:25:12 AM CST Over 500 Facebook shares so far http://t.co/UXBPwNE6MZ
Jennifer Palmer Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:23:43 PM CST Anthony Palmer http://t.co/HIAahUJCmU
Jennifer Palmer Thu, Aug. 27 2015 02:52:03 PM CST http://t.co/pZX900T2EW
Jennifer Palmer Wed, Aug. 26 2015 12:13:56 PM CST Heartwrenching http://t.co/DY3Cb9ocq6
Jennifer Palmer Thu, Aug. 13 2015 01:42:32 PM CST From today's front page http://t.co/hb9H724QRP
Jennifer Palmer Tue, Aug. 11 2015 12:00:56 PM CST Anthony Palmer! http://t.co/McXpHAj1t0
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 10 2015 11:38:46 AM CST More spice news from @washingtonpost https://t.co/fxNPqxNyNS
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 10 2015 11:26:51 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Spice, K2 makers continue game of smoke and mirrors with Oklahoma lawmakers: http://t.co/VFYozbna6C via @jpalmerOKC
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Aug. 10 2015 10:35:29 AM CST Spice, K2 makers continue game of smoke and mirrors with Oklahoma lawmakers http://t.co/ZDRoDd1OMz
Jennifer Palmer Fri, Aug. 07 2015 03:13:36 PM CST Gov. Mary Fallin's hands tied on scheduled execution, aide says http://t.co/RrJUw7kYMT
Jennifer Palmer Thu, Jul. 30 2015 11:41:07 AM CST Interesting story via @SilasAllen1 MTV show 'Catfish' to unveil Oklahoma City online scam http://t.co/N3ZzzrhnD8
Jennifer Palmer Wed, Jul. 29 2015 04:45:25 PM CST That time a researcher for John Oliver read my story on life without parole for drugs and used the main offender... http://t.co/Lealxjokvl
Jennifer Palmer Wed, Jul. 29 2015 12:41:39 PM CST My colleague moderates some great discussions in this group http://t.co/IEVn9tvJI0
Jennifer Palmer Tue, Jul. 28 2015 12:25:49 PM CST Are you holding your own daughter back? Here are 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders. http://t.co/yYsTpSxgDS
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:18:49 PM CST RT @tulsaworld: So that was a rather large earthquake. Everyone felt that, right?
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:18:40 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Big quake just shook @TheOklahoman's office ... Big time ...
Jennifer Palmer Sat, Jul. 25 2015 01:51:36 PM CST Love this...thanks Julie Bisbee Wheeler http://t.co/7bnPSwux8u
Jennifer Palmer Mon, Jul. 20 2015 05:17:27 PM CST Felt that one! http://t.co/edjzr9xfyW

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