Matt Carney
Digital News Online Editor
Matt Carney is the night editor of NewsOK.com and a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was born in Tulsa, lives in Oklahoma City and misses QuikTrip every day.

  • The 6 best boasts on Drake’s new mixtape

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Drake-iest lines from Drake’s latest.

  • WILL TO LIVE

    BY MATT CARNEY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Norman songwriter Beau Jennings’ new record and film “The Verdigris” explore the life of Will Rogers. But what exactly is he looking for?

  • Four eclectic indie releases to watch for in 2015

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Our pop music columnist highlights a handful of new releases for 2015 quarter one.

  • Garth Brooks dresses like a total dad

    Matt Carney | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Look at this guy. He is dressed like a man prepared to go watch his kid’s hockey practice. As one of the best Twitter people in the universe, Tracey Zeeck put it, he looks sartorially and psychologically ready to spend his Saturday nights at Sam’s. This is how a man dresses when he has to […]

  • ‘Run The Jewels 2’ is the year’s most important record

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    There’ve been some really good records this year. The New Pornographers set up a confectionary and spun out bombastic, brilliantly colored rock indebted to glam and new wave. YG offered a more hardened perspective on the same hardscrabble Compton, Calif.-life as Kendrick Lamar did two years ago. Sturgill Simpson walked up to Big Nashville, looked it in the eye and told it off just by writing a handful of forward-thinking country songs. St. Vincent continued to hone her aesthetic into an even more efficient, provocative package. It was a good year. But we — the American popular music-listening audience — didn’t need any of those records.

  • Behold this gloriously ugly Thunder sweater

    Matt Carney | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    How many varying patterns do an ugly sweater make? This one, sold by Clark Toys, appears to have five of them, and if that wasn’t gauche enough for you it’s got different-colored sleeves like something in Russell Westbrook’s enormous closet. It’ll run you $59.99 before tax and shipping so it’s a little pricey for a […]

  • The New York Times visits downtown Tulsa

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The New York Times saw fit today to publish an 1,126-word look at recent developments in downtown Tulsa, noting the reopening of the historic Mayo Hotel and public projects like the 19,200-seat BOK Center. Give  it a read! It's really good.

  • Oklahoma among the worst states in midterm voter turnout

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election here in Oklahoma was the lowest in decades. And while midterm elections typically don't yield as high of turnout rates as presidential election years, Oklahoma saw a particularly steep 9 percent drop from its 2010 midterm turnout rates. The only states with steeper percentage drops from 2010 to this year's election were California (9.2 percent), Nevada (9.5 percent), South Dakota (11.5 percent), Alabama (9.5 percent), Delaware (thirteen percent) and Vermont (9.2 percent). Here's a map from the data analysis site FiveThirtyEight illustrating the differences in turnout state-by-state: Citing early estimates of turnout, FiveThirtyEight writers Carl BIalik and Reuben Fischer-Baum also say that fewer than 3 in 10 eligible voters showed up to the polls

  • This film with Oklahoma ties is already generating Oscar buzz

    Matt Carney | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    “Foxcatcher” is going to be awesome. The film opens next month and has already won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. Its director Bennett Miller is two-for-two on Best Picture Oscar nominations as well, earning the distinction for 2005’s “Capote” and 2011’s “Moneyball.” That all adds up to high […]

  • A happy tenth birthday to ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Looking back on an early offering from Oklahoma’s biggest rock band.

  • Bill Hader: 'I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma like an idiot in some book'

    Matt Carney | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Tulsa native and former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader returned to the show this weekend to host and his opening monologue included a self-deprecating mention of his hometown. “I was never even supposed to be on Saturday Night Live. I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma like an idiot in some book!” Hader said. […]

  • Video: Oscar winner gives Longhorns an impressive pump-up speech

    Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Channeling a hybrid form of Friday Night Lights‘ Coach Taylor and True Detective‘s Rust Cohle carving up a Lone Star tallboy, Oscar-winning actor and noted Longhorn fan Matthew McConaughey stopped by a recent University of Texas football practice to rally the troops. “I found that when I’ve done my best work as an actor, it […]

  • OHP trooper who arrested Moore suspect in 2010 says she 'would have killed him'

    Matt Carney | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    In a recent interview with CNN, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who scuffled with the murder defendant in the Moore beheading case during an unrelated traffic stop in 2010 expressed guilt for not killing the man when she “had the opportunity.” Lt. Betsy Randolph said her scuffle with Alton Nolen, who has been charged with […]

  • Rickie Fowler's haircut is ready for the Ryder Cup

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Look upon it and tremble, Europeans. The only way that combo fade and etching could be more American is if it came with a side of fries and failed a math test. The Ryder Cup starts Friday.

  • James Harden came *this* close to falling off a bridge in Spain

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Former Thunder sixth man extraordinaire James Harden’s currently in Spain with Team USA as they steamroll international opposition at the FIBA World Cup. But it looks like he very narrowly avoided a potentially serious accident on a Segway scooter. The video below was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday and shows The Beard briefly lose control of […]




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