Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Desk Enterprise Reporter

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com.

Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award for in-depth reporting after exposing corrupt school leaders’ spending practices with their district-issued credit cards. She also helped launch a digital start-up in Michigan, which led to a George Polk Awards Program grant for an online journalism project called Viking’s War, in which Michigan National Guard infantrymen corresponded with her online and via video for a year during the war in Afghanistan.

She’s honored to ply her trade on the plains, where she covers the weird and wonderful, the sad and beautiful, online and in print and on Twitter — if that’s how you like the news.

  • Unconventional anti-venom saves Oklahoma boy after snakebite

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Blake Skinner, a 16-month-old-boy, faced death, a fate thwarted by fortunate events: a mother's quick thinking, an Oklahoma doctor's out-of-the-box approach and the Oklahoma City Zoo's generosity with its unconventional stock of anti-venom.

  • The Morning Brew: Oregon gunman rants about not having girlfriend

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Pour a cup, get caught up: Oregon gunman rants in manifesto A law enforcement official told the Associated Press Monday that the gunman who killed nine people at a community college ranted in writings left behind about having no girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy.  According to the article:  The official also said the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer has told investigators he was struggling with some mental health issues. The official is familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publicly because it is ongoing.

  • The morning brew: Afghan hospital blitzed, charity workers and children die

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Drink coffee, get caught up on headlines you missed over the weekend.  Afghanistan: Charity workers killed in blitz on hospital in battle for Kunduz At least 22 people, including staff for the charity Doctors Without Borders, known internationally as Medecins San Frontieres, were killed in attacks aimed at retaking the nothern Afghan city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters, the BBC reports. Accusations that U.S. jet fighters were responsible for a sustained bombing of a trauma center remain under investigation, according to the Associated Press. A series of air strikes began at 2 a.m. local time Saturday and repeatedly struck the hospital, according to MSF. The dead includes 12 MSF staffers and 10

  • Refugees are finding 'a better life' in Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Violence and strife prompted many families to seek refugee status and embark on a journey that eventually led them to the United States and Oklahoma.

  • The Morning Brew: Mass shooting devastates Oregon college

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    It seems as if a month can't go by without news of another mass shooting tragedy. We are sorry to have to report yet another. At least ten killed when gunman opens up at a small college in Oregon On Thursday, at least nine people were killed when a gunman fire at a rural Oregon college. A killer identified as a 20-year-old man reportedly died during a shootout with police. Associated Press reports:  // // // // // // // Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said 13 people were dead after the attack at Umpqua Community College in the small timber town of Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. It was not immediately clear whether that number included the gunman. State

  • The morning brew: 'Yelp for People' app set to launch & terrify, says WaPo

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Happy October 1. Here is everything you need to know to be an informed citizen at the water cooler: Worst idea ever? Love it or hate it,  'Yelp for People' app still got more than $7 million in backing to launch An app called Peeple that will allow users to rate anyone on a five-star scale  got a scathing review in The Washington Post.  When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service.

  • The morning brew: Snowden Tweets, trolls NSA

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Been hiding in a cave for the last 24? Pour yourself some java and read all about what you missed.  Edward Snowden joins Twitter, trolls NSA With an inaugural Tweet of "Can you hear me now?" fugitive whistle blower Edward Snowden announced his new presence on  Twitter Tuesday. Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 // The verified account went on to troll the National Security Agency's Twitter feed as it amassed a huge following. From Reuters:  Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about the U.S.

  • The morning brew: Obama, El Reno inmates featured in 'VICE special report Fixing the System'

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Good Tuesday morning. Pour a cup of coffee and get caught up with events making headlines this week.  Obama visit to El Reno correctional facility featured in 'VICE special report: Fixing the system' "VICE special report: Fixing the system" opens with a montage of prison scenes and an interview with an inmate at the federal correctional institution in El Reno, a first-time drug offender who has served 19 years of a long sentence, so far.  In July, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. A camera crew came with him, and the resulting "Vice" on HBO doc tackles prison reform.  An L.A. Times review notes that while it doesn't

  • The morning brew: 'You are crazy!' says Pope to family who drove 13,000 miles to see him

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Pope to family who traveled 13,000 miles in VW bus from Argentina to see him: "You are crazy!" Like so many working parents, Noël Zemborain and Alfredo “Catire” Walkerm toiled week in and week out and filled short weekends with family duties for their four children.  That is until one day, on a whim and in a Volkswagen bus, the Buenos Aires-based family began a journey to see fellow Argentine Pope Francis in Philadelphia.  They were not rich people and, by and large, planned to rely on the kindness of strangers. The journey, documented on a blog  and Facebook page, would take them 13,000 miles and through 13 countries.

  • The morning brew: Bigorexia?

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Never buff enough: One in 10 men in gyms thought to have muscle dysmorphia, an anxiety condition nicknamed 'bigorexia.' With a goofy nickname and association with vanity, it may be hard to take seriously, but bigorexia is a real disorder, and according to a BBC report, one in 10 men who frequent UK gyms have it. Body dysmorphic disorder is a disabling preoccupation with perceived flaws or defects in one's appearance that makes its sufferers excessively self conscious.  Rob Wilson, chair of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, explains how it can manifest in men: "Muscle dysmorphia is a preoccupation with the idea that one isn't big enough, isn't muscular enough.

  • The morning brew: 3 AK-47-wielding women slaughter ISIS militants

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    3 AK-47-wielding women reportedly decimate ISIS militants Three women with revenge in their hearts and AK-47s in their hands have reportedly cut down up to 10 ISIS militants a day as vengeance for the enslavement and rape of Yazidis in northern Iraq and the genocide of the Yazidi people. The women want to stem the tide of ISIS' ethnic cleansing of the Yazidis in Mount Sinjar and traveled from their native Turkey to do so, according to the Daily Mail.  Meanwhile, in the US, an Oklahoma Congressman wants proof the lady soldiers who graduated from Army Ranger School didn't cheat Um, Ok... Ouch: Health plan deductibles growing seven times as fast as wages.  And it stings, reports The

  • The morning brew: 200 bodies on Everest are grim landmarks

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    If Mount Everest kills you, your frozen body might be used to point the way to the summit, FYI Mount Everest offers ample oppurtunities for death. Suffocation, freezing, crush injuries and falls are just a few gruesome outcomes. The 200 souls bested by the mountain have become grim landmarks, Smithsonian Mag reports. The bodies have taken on nicknames and significance as navigation tools for other climbers. Among them is the body of "Green boots," an Indian climber whose body near a cave all climbers must pass is used to gauge how near they are to the peak.  Here comes the Pope Pope Francis is on U.S. soil.

  • The morning brew: Marijuana tax revenue explodes in Colorado

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    In Colorado, marijuana tax revenue is skyrocketing. Per a report in The Guardian:  The state is on pace to take in $125 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales in 2015, compared to just $44 million in 2014. The state brought in $73.5 million in the first seven months of 2015. Those in the industry attribute the boom to a rise in social acceptance. Tim Cullen, CEO of Colorado Harvest Company, said: “People who would never have considered pot before are now popping their heads in.” His company has three dispensaries in the Denver area and plans for a fourth.

  • The morning brew: Drug price hiked 5000 percent overnight

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Good Monday morning. Let's get to the headlines you may have missed over the weekend.  Drug company hikes price of pill by 5000 percent overnight At a time when the rising cost of prescription drugs are drawing ire, one company has bumped the price of a drug used to treat a bug that can impact pregnant women, cancer and AIDS patients from $13.50 to $750 a pill. The drug, Daraprim, has been on the market since 1953 and fights a food-borne illness called toxoplasmosis, a common parasite that attacks people with weakened immune systems. The parasite can lead to blindness or brain damage. Physicians condemned the sudden price spike. Turing Pharmaceuticals hiked the price shortly after acquiring the

  • For little mutton busters at state fair, it's wool, sweat and tears

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    This is the fourth year for mutton busting at the Oklahoma State Fair, said John Harrison, 36, who oversees the fair’s Frontier Experience, where the riding takes place.

  • The morning brew: New analysis of 14-year-old study says antidepressant Paxil isn't safe for teens

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    New analysis of 14-year-old study says antidepressant Paxil isn't safe for teens Fourteen years ago, a study said the antidepressant Paxil was safe for teenagers. A new analysis of the same exact data just concluded the opposite. From NYT:  That study — featured prominently by the journal BMJ — is a clear break from scientific custom and reflects a new era in scientific publishing, some experts said, opening the way for journals to post multiple interpretations of the same experiment.

  • Ahmed Mohamed made a clock, was arrested and won the Internet: Here's how

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Unassuming, bespeckled and Muslim, Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old slapped with handcuffs for bringing a homemade clock to his Texas high school, went from a would-be bombing suspect to heralded social media hero with invitations to visit the president and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in just a few days. Here are some of the Stories, Tweets and videos that tell the tale. At The Dallas Morning News, reporter Avi Selk wrote the original story that started a social media uproar. The wave of support swept away criminal charges.

  • The morning brew: Study says antibacterial soap is no better than regular 'ol soap

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Good Thursday morning and Happy Oklahoma State Fair. The 10-day event begins today. Now let's get to other stuff going on that you may have missed in the chaos of everyday life.  Study says: Antibacterial soap is no better than old-fashioned soap and water New research says antibacterial soaps actually don't do anything that good 'ol regular soap doesn't, reports Newsweek.  From the article:  The scientists found that in terms of the amount of bacteria killed, there was no difference between the two. Only after nine hours did the triclosan-containing soap appear to have a significant effect in killing more germs than the regular stuff. A chemical called triclosan is used in

  • #IStandWithAhmed: The boy and the story behind the hashtag

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    An American boy named John makes a clock. Excited, he takes the clock to school to show his teacher. Someone, please, quick, give John a pat on the back and nominate John for a science prize. Such skill with circuits the tender age of 14. Wow!  Wait, sorry, sorry -- my bad. His name wasn't John. It was Ahmed, a really popular Islamic name, kind of like John. Ahmed made the clock.  Ahmed has brown skin and a Muslim name and is good with circuits.  Gee willikers, that's different. Ahmed? You don't get a prize or a pat on the back! Lemme try this again: An American boy named Ahmed makes a clock. Ahmed

  • The morning brew: Dislike? Facebook finally works out thumbs down

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Dislike? Facebook status updates aren't all kittens and sunshine. Life's tough, and when a pal posts about the death of a loved one, a pet, or an illness, who wants to hit "Like"? Answer: Nobody. But it's the only option we have. Facebook is finally working out the thumbs down, reports baby-faced billionnaire Mark Zuckerberg. Disney releases first Jungle Book trailer, ScaJo scares usssssss Netizens buzzed after Disney released its first Jungle Book trailer on Tuesday. On a scale of one to 10, how freaky is Scarlett Johannson's voice as the snake, Kaa? There is a GOP debate tonight on CNN for presidential contenders FYI. Hopefully it's nice and feisty.  No cable? No problem: CNN is

Juliana Keeping Today at 11:49 AM READ THE LABELS. Wrong drug used for January execution, state records show http://t.co/UTf03ZzOOP
Juliana Keeping Tue, Oct. 06 2015 05:49:02 PM CST Unconventional anti-venom saves Oklahoma boy after snakebite http://t.co/deY2uF6WSu
Juliana Keeping Tue, Oct. 06 2015 06:48:26 AM CST The morning brew: Oregon gunman rants about not having a girlfriend in 'manifesto' left behind http://t.co/rH8lP6bIhc
Juliana Keeping Mon, Oct. 05 2015 01:45:55 PM CST RT @DMSlipke: Refugees are finding 'a better life' in Oklahoma: http://t.co/smVpGJvFwb (via @julianakeeping)
Juliana Keeping Mon, Oct. 05 2015 07:48:51 AM CST The morning brew: Afghan hospital blitzed, charity workers and children die http://t.co/JdGuV6E7uG http://t.co/pymIyjU802
Juliana Keeping Fri, Oct. 02 2015 06:49:29 AM CST The morning brew: More details on the mass shooting at a college in Oregeon http://t.co/CIjIkd4tD7
Juliana Keeping Thu, Oct. 01 2015 11:21:18 AM CST Duggan: Detroit will ‘step up’ to host Syrian refugees http://t.co/FbnO4Rzgmo via @detroitnews
Juliana Keeping Thu, Oct. 01 2015 07:16:52 AM CST Happy October 1. Drink in your Morning Brew and learn about a creepy new people-ranking app http://t.co/VxS15BLIHK http://t.co/TyzpDyVvDp
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 04:06:14 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: Glossip's execution is stayed for 37 days. #deathpenalty
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 04:03:50 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: The order says they have the wrong drug for glossip's execution
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 04:03:45 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: Fallin's stay is an odd number of days: 37 days. She can stay executions for 60. @MarshallProj
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 04:03:43 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: Fallin: "Last minute questions were raised about Oklahoma's execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injec…
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:36:29 PM CST @philsnews Do us a favor and don't make this all about you.
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:34:32 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: Oklahoma ranks #2 in total executions since 1976, with 112. For death penalty exonerations, we rank #5. @MarshallProj
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:34:23 PM CST RT @ZivaBranstetter: Chosen as a witness for the #Glossip execution. This will be my fifth execution to witness. Always difficult
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:29:14 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: Looks like #Glossip switched it up a little with his second last meal, but the Baconator is still king. http://t.co/9FUTY…
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:28:25 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: Again, I was not chosen to witness the execution. Thankfully the very capable @ZivaBranstetter was. #glossip
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:28:19 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: And @apseanmurphy will also be in the chamber.
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 02:28:16 PM CST RT @grahambrewer: DOC says they are not moving forward with the execution yet because there is still no word from the Supreme Court on Glos…
Juliana Keeping Wed, Sep. 30 2015 10:47:14 AM CST Why Are So Many Women Behind Bars in Oklahoma? via @thenation http://t.co/jD36700I47