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


  • Who first hugged the Oklahoma City bombing's 'healing bear'?

    Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    A woman in Pennsylvania seeks to find the “healing bear” sent from Oklahoma City 18 years ago. The bear provided comfort during the Oklahoma City bombing before a mystery person shipped it to Montoursville, Pa.., a town of 5,000 that lost 21 residents, including 16 members of a high school French club, in the TWA 800 disaster of July 17, 1996. From Montoursville, the bear traveled to Littleton, Colo. to give comfort after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. The bear traveled to several other disasters, a sort of Flat Stanley of tragedy teddy bears. Then the trail went cold.

  • Who first hugged the Oklahoma City bombing's 'healing' bear?

    jkeeping | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The healing bear first appeared in Oklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh parked a moving truck packed with ammonia nitrate and fuel oil in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the truck blew up. His actions resulted in the deaths of 168 people. This healing bear — like bears before it and […]

  • 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




Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 01:08:36 PM CST @Bewarika Keep me updated. #godspeed
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 01:03:47 PM CST @Bewarika have you yet received photo of the healing bear? Still on the case over here ;)
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:30:37 PM CST Another great @voxdotcom piece on why it is so difficult for Western journos to cover #israel #Palestine conflict LINK
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:28:16 PM CST Have to retract earlier statement in part. @voxdotcom does a good job at explaining conflict's history: Its primer: LINK
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 11:46:59 AM CST Babies being killed and the U.S. shrugs. American media is doing a piss-poor job of covering the conflict in #Gaza. LINK
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 10:39:04 AM CST First Look Media establishes press litigation fund to protect free speech & help #Journalists facing legal battles LINK
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 10:24:05 AM CST RT @afpfr: #Gaza Une jeune enfant palestinienne hier dans un hôpital de Beit Lahia LINK par @mlongari #AFP
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 10:22:14 AM CST RT @StephaneArnaud_: Powerful series by @mlongari of a girl who died at hospital in #Gaza following an Israeli strike while playing. #AFP h…
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 23 2014 10:21:31 AM CST Excited to see the results of the renovation of Memorial Park in #okc. Check out #vintage pics! LINK by @WILLIAMCRUM
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 22 2014 08:20:21 PM CST Best lead ever? "Vladimir Putin has no soul, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden concluded ... @Reuters LINK
Juliana Keeping Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:31:48 AM CST Hi! My @MyFitnessPal profile is lonesome. Be my pal LINK . Though you will then know how much I Turbo Jam #embarrassing
Juliana Keeping Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:09:55 PM CST What is cystic fibrosis and what does it look like in real life? I explain it here: LINK #cf #curecf #cysticfibrosis
Juliana Keeping Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:04:08 PM CST More on #jamesgarner career and ties to #oklahoma in this in-depth package. LINK #RIP sir.
Juliana Keeping Sun, Jul. 20 2014 06:33:10 PM CST Drone killings: @TheAtlantic on the 16-year-old killed in an American drone strike- LINK
Juliana Keeping Sun, Jul. 20 2014 04:41:34 PM CST ❤ vistas but be warned: ticks out in full force! Pulled 8 out of daughter's hair. Girl was low-hanging tick bait. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sun, Jul. 20 2014 04:38:53 PM CST Took advantage of cool temps to Sojourn to Pawhuska & hike in the Tallgrass Prairie Saturday. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sun, Jul. 20 2014 04:31:55 PM CST Oklahoma native, #Hollywood legend James Garner died Saturday at 86: LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Jul. 17 2014 01:39:44 PM CST Who first hugged the #okc bombing's healing bear? Will you RT my column and help my friend find out? LINK #TWA800 #bekind
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 16 2014 02:49:13 PM CST Hello @TravelOK . Thinking of taking a trip to the Tall Grass Prairie near Pawhuska. Any tips?
Juliana Keeping Wed, Jul. 16 2014 02:44:19 PM CST Meet Rupert, baby rhino: LINK