Juliana Keeping
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.

Top Stories


  • Park rangers will work to keep Oklahoma parks safe during holiday weekend

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    As holiday revelers head for Oklahoma’s 35 state parks this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July, a few dozen rangers will be trying to keep a lid on things. Despite the state tourism budget being cut by more than a quarter since 2009 to $20.7 million, providing safe parks remains a priority, said Kris Marek, director of state parks for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

  • Not a flying rat: 11 facts about the pigeon

    By Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The American Pigeon Museum and Library in Oklahoma City opened in June to pay homage to the humble pigeon, a bird both reviled and revered. While the pigeon has suffered a bad reputation due to its dominance in urban landscapes, a loyal worldwide amalgam who breed, race and keep the birds as pets wants to get the real story out — that of biodiversity, unmatched intelligence and a history with mankind that spans thousands of years.

  • Supreme Court strikes down protest buffer zones at abortion clinics

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the free speech rights of abortion opponents Thursday by striking down a Massachusetts law that kept protesters at least 35 feet away from that state’s clinics. The unanimous ruling likely will have limited impact on protests at Oklahoma’s three licensed abortion clinics in Norman, Warr Acres and Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma City tries to rein in dog pack at Capitol

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s animal welfare division is typically working 10 animal bite cases a day, vastly dog bites. While the recent bites at the state Capitol shed light on the issue, it’s an ongoing problem in the city. In 2013, the animal welfare division completed 887 bite reports, mostly for dogs.

  • 'Tortured' Oklahoma inmate settles lawsuit

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Victim to receive $200,000 for mistreatment in Bryan County jail

  • Meers Store and Restaurant still serves a mean “seismic burger,” even with a broken seismograph

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Meers Store and Restaurant, an iconic Oklahoma burger joint near Lawton, is known for its 16-ounce seismic burger, served on a pie plate and piled high with toppings. Owner Joe Maranto said he’s had trouble getting an answer on whether the store’s seismograph will ever be put back online.

  • For mother of child with cystic fibrosis, book about young victim brings tears at 37,000 feet

    By Julianna Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Juliana Keeping’s 1-year-old son Eli has a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis. Eli is chubby and energetic, and you’d never suspect he has a fatal condition. To understand how far medicine has come in treating CF, Keeping, a reporter for The Oklahoman, reads a book about a child who died at 8 of the disease, 34 years ago. While jarring, the story inspires her to do as much as she can to help and cure CF.

  • Q&A with journalist, commentator Frank Deford on his book 'Alex: The Life of a Child'

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Frank Deford discusses his daughter Alex, who died at 8 after living with cystic fibrosis.

  • Saving the Comanche language

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Billie Cable-Kreger, 61, teaches at the “Comanche Children” day care center in Lawton, Oklahoma, where she is trying to pull her language back from extinction by teaching it to children.

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: No shelter from the storm

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A year after deadly tornadoes struck Oklahoma, the debate continues over how to fund school shelters.

  • May 2013's deadly storms: 'It changes you'

    BY JULIANA KEEPING | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    May 2013's deadly storms: Looking back one year later.

  • Oklahoma decendants of Holocaust survivors keep stories alive

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    With the number of Holocaust survivors dwindling, eyewitnesses to important history are lost. Their children continue the fight to end intolerance. April 27 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum meets 9:03 fund goal of $15 million.

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The funds will be used for enhancements to the museum and for the memorial’s endowment. Museum officials hope new multimedia displays will better connect with and educate young people about the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

  • Wrongful death lawsuit filed in death of man restrained by police

    BY JULIANA KEEPING | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Clifton Armstrong, 38, died May 1, 2013 after police subdued him outside of his mother's home at 421 NW 99. Family members said he was addicted to meth, which was found in his bloodstream, according to the autopsy report.

  • Language barriers pose risks to Hispanics in severe weather

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    In Oklahoma, access to severe weather information can mean life or death, and death hit the Hispanic community hard May 31. Nine of the 23 deaths that day came from Oklahoma’s growing Guatemalan community, many of whom are unfamiliar with the fury of the state’s spring storms. Five of the dead were children, including a 17-day-old infant. Since then, efforts have been made to improve communication with Spanish speakers during severe weather outbreaks.

  • Oklahoma City police officer charged in assault of motorist

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with assault. The charge stems from a traffic stop where a motorist yelled at the officer, police reported.

  • Prisoners' use of smuggled cell phones on the rise nationwide, says Time, citing this here newspaper

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Time Magazine points out what reporters Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay discovered a few months back — prisoners’ cell phone access is on the rise, and inmates are using those phones to post to Facebook, deal drugs, order hits and plot escapes.

  • Army announces change of command at Fort Sill in Oklahoma

    BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeepingl@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Maj. Gen. John G. Rossi will assume command at Fort Sill, replacing Maj. Gen. James M. “Mark” McDonald, the Army announced Friday

  • Criminal justice in Oklahoma

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Hello, and welcome to the latest incarnation of “The Beat,” a blog I started as an Oklahoman crime reporter.

  • Strange items turn up in carry-on bags at Will Rogers World Airport

    BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeeping@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    A poorly-packaged deer head and a baseball bat-sized dog bone were among items that gave Transportation Security Administration agents in Oklahoma pause in 2013.




Juliana Keeping Thu, Jul. 10 2014 04:34:42 PM CST Won't you help us name the baby rhino? LINK #babyanimals
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 05:10:16 PM CST RT @DLind: @julianakeeping This particular one I found on Facebook; a friend fell down a Wikipedia hole and found the entry. @josephstrombe…
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 05:08:30 PM CST @josephstromberg Same q to @DLind 'cause I like ya style! Where do you find these quirky, interesting ideas?
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 02:21:41 PM CST RT @voxdotcom: In the 1890s, doctors warned that female cyclists could develop a condition called "bicycle face" LINK
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 02:20:43 PM CST @josephstromberg Nice one on "bicycle face." ! Where do you get your ideas? Article is so interesting!
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 11:55:51 AM CST ...near Denver, Colorado." First page of 40-plus year-old article: LINK
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 11:54:58 AM CST From "Science," 1968 (!) "The Denver Earthquakes" "Disposal of waste fluids by injection into a deep well has triggered earthquakes..."
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 08 2014 11:37:36 AM CST #Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for highest teen birth rates (15-19) Maybe we could learn something from #colorado. LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 05:23:11 PM CST @KyleHinchey takes us inside the hidden and busy world of crime scene / suicide clean-up. LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 10:42:24 AM CST The myth of work-life balance for women is busted! : LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 10:13:26 AM CST A look at legal #pot in #colorado, six months in: LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:59:39 AM CST @ezraklein ...Map has inspired me to work out the numbers. #confession ate delicious horrible-for-me road trip food all weekend. #jerky #nom
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:58:24 AM CST @ezraklein That is so interesting! I have a feeling I spend more than 6.6 percent on food, even in #okc, one of the most affordable metros.
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:57:04 AM CST RT @ezraklein: Interesting map of how much every country spends on food: LINK LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:54:48 AM CST @TravelOK well if you insist.Me n Eli, my son, in a.m. shadows near the mesas.Plural for Mesa is mesas,yes? #noidea. LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:38:33 AM CST After story ran, I traveled w/ family to 3 state parks in 2 days: Roman Nose, Gloss Mountain & Black Mesa. With kids 4 & 1 #brave.
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:35:26 AM CST Open records request provided more than 300 incident reports in #oklahoma state park crime. Here's what I got: LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:31:50 AM CST The once about the CIA employee who submitted a FOIA. He next found his career destroyed #usa #Freedom from LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:26:57 AM CST @TravelOK Stayed at Black Mesa B & B. Unique and fun, thx!
Juliana Keeping Sat, Jul. 05 2014 02:08:44 PM CST Hello @TravelOK & #oklahoma people! Where does one stay out in black Mesa?