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.


  • Vietnamese in Oklahoma City raise funds for war memorial

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War began an exodus that eventually led Vinh Nguyen and his family — along with thousands of other South Vietnamese refugees — to Oklahoma City, where the thumbprint of the Vietnamese diaspora today is unmistakable in the city’s Asian District.

  • Exodus to Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer, jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    40 years ago, Saigon fell to communist forces, and some South Vietnamese escaped the country any way they could. Many made their way to the United States and a few, eventually, to Oklahoma.

  • Black Sunday: 80 years ago Tuesday, a dust storm like no other rolled into Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer, jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the Black Sunday dust storm of April 14, 1935, the worst storm in a decade when menacing, man-made ‘dusters’ swept across the Great Plains, including Oklahoma.

  • The 'Okie' evolution: 3 surprising facts about the term

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    “Okie” started as a derogatory term for the itinerant farmers who moved west in the Dust Bowl era seeking to better themselves. Younger generations have begun to wear “Okie” as a badge of pride, and today, it is a part of hundreds of registered trademark names and featured prominently on products from T-shirts to soap. […]

  • Once a slight, Okie now is source of pride for many

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Okie began its linguistic journey as derogatory term for the thousands of impoverished Oklahomans who left the state for Arizona and California in the 1930s, seeking a better life. As a relative newcomer to Oklahoma, I wondered: If Okie’s a slight, why is it turning up on bumper stickers and T-shirts all over town? What does it mean now? And, is it it offensive or not? I turned to history professors, a former California migrant, pop culture and The Oklahoman’s newspaper archives in search of answers before I finally found what I was looking for.

  • Accountability vs. secrecy: 5 things you may not know about the OKCPD Citizens Advisory Board

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Police Department is one of roughly 200 police departments nationwide that solicits the input of a citizen review board. The Citizens Advisory Board is an independent, volunteer 11-member entity reviews departmental investigations of citizen complaints, use of force and police brutality complaints and any other incident the board deems to be of public […]

  • Oklahoma City Police's Citizens Advisory Board treads line between accountability, secrecy

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The police department started the Oklahoma following the 2002 beating of a black man by officers that was caught on tape, the 11-member volunteer board was created to “facilitate interaction” between the department and representatives of various ethnic and cultural groups, according to the city’s website. The board reviews departmental investigations of citizen complaints, use of force and police brutality complaints and any other incident the board deems to be of public concern.

  • The Oklahoma City Police Citizens Advisory Board

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Eleven Oklahomans serve as watchdogs over the Oklahoma City Police Department in cases involving possible police misconduct. Read more about them.

  • OU racist incident is not a first for college campuses

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Groups and individuals from Oklahoma’s two largest universities have periodically been a source of racially-tinged incidents, a review of The Oklahoman archives showed.

  • Oklahoma Observed: Reader mailbag and a topic poll for an upcoming piece

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    I’ve delved into dirt. Red dirt. On March 3,  The Oklahoman published the first in an occasional series dubbed “Oklahoma Observed,” an open-ended foray into unique or surprising Oklahoma topics. I kicked it off by looking into the humble stuff under our feet: red Oklahoma earth. Readers react I felt goofy outing my dirt fascination, which is why […]

  • Oklahoma Observed: Red dirt holds deeper meaning for tribes

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    To get behind our state’s quirks and characteristics, Staff Writer Juliana Keeping proposed an occasional series, dubbed “Oklahoma Observed,” an open-ended foray into unique Oklahoma topics. The soil of central Oklahoma, that red earth, is our first piece in this series.

  • Remember Wounded Knee: Activist in iconic photo was a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    On Feb. 27, 1973, around 250 Sioux Indians led by members of the American Indian Movement launched the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Today marks the anniversary. In a photo that would become a symbol of the uprising, a smiling Bobby Onco raises an AK-47. Onco, a member of […]

  • Oklahoma Senate panel to consider legislation to ease police officers' dismissals

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A proposed measure seeks to prohibit arbitration in disputed excessive force terminations of police officers would ultimately allow cases to play out in district court. Backers say the measure would improve the quality of the state’s police forces, but opponents say the existing process is sound.

  • Happy birthday Johnny Cash! A look at the Man in Black's 1974 prison performance in Oklahoma

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    On Feb. 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. He would become known as the Man in Black, and the singer/guitarist/songwriter mixed blues, rock, country and gospel in heartfelt, hurtin’ tunes that spoke to the common man. Before Cash died in 2003, he’d become one of the most influential musicians of his time. He […]

  • 'Always faithful' pals help save Marine's life after snakebite

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Second Lt. Anthony Kemp was bitten by a rattlesnake while he and two other Marines were hiking in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Historical accounts detail wave of flu deaths in Oklahoma during 1918 pandemic

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Newspaper reports and recorded first-person interviews describe the 1918 flu pandemic that killed millions throughout the world and thousands in Oklahoma.

  • Memorial's move revives discussion of Ada's disturbing history

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    A memorial near Ada commemorates the 1909 mob lynching of four men accused in the killing of a former deputy U.S. marshal.

  • The #healthy65 Challenge: What we learned

    By Juliana Keeping, Enterprise Reporter | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The holidays are over, and so is the #healthy65 Holiday Challenge, a 65-day endeavor that asked its participants to do one healthy thing a day Nov. 10 through Jan. 13. Participants share their stories and what they learned.

  • Oklahoma veterans with brain injuries seek out hyperbaric treatments

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Though Department of Defense experts and others say no strong scientific evidence yet exists on the use of hyperbaric treatment to relieve symptoms of brain injuries, some Oklahoma veterans are seeking out the treatment since Gov. Mary Fallin signed a new law to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy available for free to Oklahoma veterans with traumatic brain injury.

  • The #healthy65 holiday challenge: What we learned

    Juliana Keeping | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The holidays are over and so is the #healthy65 Holiday Challenge, a 65-day endeavor that asked its participants to do one healthy thing a day Nov. 10 to Jan. 13. I roped fellow reporters into my scheme and asked for a final thought on how each of their challenges went. Here’s what health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove had to say about what the […]




Juliana Keeping Mon, May. 04 2015 01:50:38 PM CST Assigned news story about biking to work in #okc... what should I know?
Juliana Keeping Mon, May. 04 2015 11:55:45 AM CST I've been on a 60-day-ish cookie jag. I'd like to embark on @MyFitnessPal jag instead. Not to worry I would never give up cookies. #noms
Juliana Keeping Mon, May. 04 2015 09:27:25 AM CST Oklahoma Child Death Review Board reports on leading causes of children's deaths: LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, May. 04 2015 09:24:37 AM CST More than 200 attend service for Oklahoma homeless veteran LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, May. 04 2015 09:23:16 AM CST Well this is a little alarming. #okc VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:19:44 PM CST Billy Donovan agrees to deal to become Thunder coach LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:35:06 PM CST Peaceful protester #josephkent arrested in #Baltimore... if you can call that an arrest (?). LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:09:51 PM CST Saigon fell 40 years ago today. South Vietnamese escaped any way they could. 9 of their stories: LINK #Saigon1975 @NewsOK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:04:43 PM CST Looks like #okc and #tulsa are doing well when it comes to particle pollution -- ozone pollution? #notsomuch LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:03:11 PM CST Here's where you can check how your city is doing on air quality #stateoftheair LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:17:56 AM CST RT @Newseum: 40 years ago today, Saigon fell. News coverage & more: LINK #Saigon1975 #ReportingVietnam
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:17:43 AM CST RT @Newseum: Today's Top 10 EXTRA! @TheOklahoman framed #Saigon1975 with images of Vietnamese refugees, making it a top pick. LINK
Juliana Keeping Thu, Apr. 30 2015 10:12:17 AM CST RT @phillipoconnor3: Don't miss @julianakeeping's story later today at @NewsOK about how the fall of Saigon 40 years ago today changed the …
Juliana Keeping Wed, Apr. 29 2015 08:59:21 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Near Nepal quake epicenter, desperate villagers await help LINK
Juliana Keeping Tue, Apr. 28 2015 06:50:00 AM CST A different perspective on #baltimore protests from Orioles COO John Angelos LINK via @forthewin
Juliana Keeping Tue, Apr. 28 2015 06:41:39 AM CST A Freddie Gray primer: Who was he, how did he die, why is there so much anger? LINK #baltimore #freddiegray
Juliana Keeping Tue, Apr. 28 2015 06:40:07 AM CST Police, Protesters Clash After Freddie Gray Funeral LINK via @HuffPostPol #baltimore
Juliana Keeping Tue, Apr. 28 2015 06:38:46 AM CST #ICYMI - #Baltimore is burning - background- Police: We failed to get #FreddieGray timely medical care after arrest LINK
Juliana Keeping Mon, Apr. 27 2015 02:02:00 PM CST Nepal Earthquake: Rescuers Struggle to Reach Villages as Toll Tops 3,800 LINK via @NBCNews
Juliana Keeping Mon, Apr. 27 2015 09:58:44 AM CST History of the Mandan People Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize - LINK via @IndianCountry

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