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.


  • Republican faithful rally around red-meat speeches in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Kenneth Johnson stood and applauded Chris Christie until the New Jersey governor exited the stage, then took a deep sigh of relief as he sat back down to wait for the next speaker. Johnson wasn’t sure what to expect Friday during the second day of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference being held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, but the 58-year old felt moved by Christie’s story of family and his passion for logical policy making. “His whole thing centered on trust,” Johnson said. “I just felt like I could definitely trust him.” Christie was among five presidential hopefuls and one surrogate to speak at the conference Friday. Three candidates, Christie, former

  • SRLC 2015 attendees react to speech by former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton spent the majority of his afternoon  speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City Friday blasting Hillary Clinton, characterizing her as evasive and untrustworthy,  responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012  attack on the U.S. outposts in Benghazi and “Barack Obama’s ideological twin.” Beating likely Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton is a major GOP goal, he told the crowd. Clinton has been invoked as a target in almost every major speech at the conference, in which GOP hopefuls are auditioning on the long road to the White House. The conference concludes Saturday.

  • SRLC 2015 attendees react to speech by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The crowd at the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference let out a collective sigh, disappointed that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's afternoon address would not be delivered in-person. A vote on a crucial trade bill has prevented some candidates from appearing in person at the three-day party conference being held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Rubio offered the shortest speech, delivered via video and lasting about four minutes. Rubio called for a "New American Century,'' but offered few specifics on any policy. A short speech and few details on a potential presidency was not a problem for one female attendee, 28. Declining to provide her name, she said, "With everything going on, his

  • SRLC 2015 attendees react to speech of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Jeb Bush stepped to the podium on day two of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City and talked of love at first sight, increasing military strength and keeping education decisions out of the grip of the federal government. Bush first discussed falling in love with his wife, Columba, at first sight and at a young age, and the pride he has for his three grown children. Telling “his story” revolved mostly around his own immediate family, though he mentioned, of course, being proud to be the son of H.W. and Barbara Bush and proud of older brother George W. Bush.

  • SRLC 2015 attendees react to the speech of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke to a noticeably smaller crowd at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City Friday morning. Graham appeared via video after votes on a critical trade bill kept him in Washington and away from his scheduled appearance at the three-day gathering of GOP faithful being held in the Cox Convention Center. His video appearance drew an  almost imperceptible moan from attendees, who as a whole, appeared underwhelmed by his speech. About 1,100 people were registered yesterday for the conference. Fred Mendoza, 67, a retired entertainment manager, appreciated Graham's calm and steady delivery.

  • Southern Republican Leadership Conference kicks off in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Southern Republican Leadership Conference attendees say they’re wooed and wowed by GOP presidential hopefuls on the first day of the Oklahoma City event at the Cox Convention Center.

  • SLRC2015 attendees react to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's speech

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Steve Blazer, 62, a retired police officer from Arkansas, traveled to Oklahoma for the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference in the hopes he'd see and hear the country's next president in person.   "Seeing someone face to face, reading body language - you get a sense of personality and where their heart's at," he said Thursday at the Cox Convention Center, where the gathering is being held.   After hearing GOP hopefuls Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, he already had a strong opinion.   He favored Walker, he said, finding him more relatable as an average American with good experience -- far away from Washington.

  • Officials, residents work to make Oklahoma City more bike-friendly

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Bike to Work Day 2015 is Friday, this week is Bike to Work Week and May is National Bike Month. Events in central Oklahoma that celebrate the two-wheeled form of transit are scheduled throughout the month.

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Friend recalls victim as 'loving and giving'

    By Juliana Keeping and Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writers | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A 43-year-old woman apparently drowned in a tornado shelter at a residence in the 7900 block of SE 164 in southeast Oklahoma City, police said.

  • UPDATE: RV park, motel in south Oklahoma City sustain serious tornado damage

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A number of patients were treated from tornado-related injuries in south Oklahoma City. Integris Southwest Medical Center received six patients shortly before midnight, including an 80-year-old woman who is in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman reported.

  • Residents of southeast Oklahoma City regroup after Wednesday storms

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A peacock wandered across a patch of grass on a lawn in a cozy enclave of homes on SE 51 Street near Interstate 35, amid a confetti of debri from Wednesday night storms. A 40-year resident of neighborhood, Charles Lang, said the peacock arrived in the tornadoes May 2013, literally blown into the area by those deadly storms. Once again, the peacock — which has become a neighborhood pet, fed and cared for by all — made it through unscathed. Lang said the twister gave him a fright. “I could hear it roarin’,” he said. “My ears were poppin’. Me and my two boys hunkered down in the hallway in the house with a mattress on our heads.” Others shared similar stories.

  • 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.




Juliana Keeping Sun, May. 24 2015 11:21:39 PM CST If you heard shots near 39th/Penn #okc, it was occupants of an SUV firing shots. No injuries or property damage per @okcpd . Carry on.
Juliana Keeping Sun, May. 24 2015 11:03:45 PM CST Just heard eight gunshots & called 911- dispatcher says multiple calls coming from 39/N Barnes. What's going on #OKC @NewsOK
Juliana Keeping Sun, May. 24 2015 01:51:11 PM CST @newsoK gallery: Severe Storms, May 23, 2015. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sun, May. 24 2015 01:49:39 PM CST Mor on Claremore firefighter who died in high-water rescue LINK
Juliana Keeping Sun, May. 24 2015 01:47:40 PM CST Sad news: Firefighter died during flood rescue in Claremore #okwx LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 06:52:20 PM CST I'm sure it was just oregano MT What Fell Out of Kevin Durant's Car Friday Night? LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 04:34:02 PM CST @LoRoberson hi! Well, I can't answer those questions, really...I just ask em. Votes talk!
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 01:33:15 PM CST One more thing: Ben Carson won the straw poll! Ok I'm done #SRLC2015
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 01:32:05 PM CST That concludes my coverage of #SRLC2015. Check out our stories @NewsOK @NewsOKPolitics I will leave you with this: LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 12:34:02 PM CST Ben Carson, 63, retired pediatric neurosurgeon from #Michigan who spoke to warm bursts of applause #SRLC2015 LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 12:15:49 PM CST Here's another take on Carly Fiorina and HP (company she helmed); LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:41:43 AM CST Ben Carson fast-talked the neurological process of raising your hand. #flashback to 80s MicroMachine commercials. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:32:22 AM CST Dr. Ben Carson talks about funny looks he got listening to Mozart in Motown #SRLC2015
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:19:41 AM CST Carly Fiorina threw out lots of specific battles, achievements and solutions.Crowd gives standing ovation. #SRLC2015 LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:11:37 AM CST Carly Fiorina: arm Kurds and Ukrainians #SRLC2015
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:11:03 AM CST On entitlements for those struggling: "we tangle their lives in webs of dependence." #SRLC2015 LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:09:03 AM CST "Fired in a board-room brawl because guess what? When you lead you make enemies." Lot of zingers that crowd loves LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 11:06:08 AM CST Carly Fiorina speaking now. Age: 60/ one-time secretary rose to CEO of world's largest tech company. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 10:33:05 AM CST Lots of smiles and pics as GOP hopeful Ben Carson of Michigan does a meet-n-greet. Straw poll just closed. LINK
Juliana Keeping Sat, May. 23 2015 10:23:48 AM CST The American flag is speaking now #SRLC2015

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