Matt Carney
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.

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  • 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 […]

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • More like 'Turn It Off'

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    For every one thing I like about Taylor Swift’s garish, zippy new pop single “Shake It Off,” there are probably three or four that cause every joint in my body to cringe at once. There’s that terrific studio-engineered vocal rip at the end of the breakdown, the farty, fun little horn line that drives the song and, sure, it’s real catchy on account of the repetition of the hook, which is a war of attrition strategy when it comes to writing a hit. So saying “It’s real catchy” about a song like “Shake It Off,” where the phrase “shake it off” is used exactly 46 times, is like praising a hammer for hitting nails well.

  • Austin beer brewer sells epic 99-pack for $99

    Matt Carney | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Anybody want to drive down I-35 with me? Austin Beerworks in Austin, Tex. launched a new brew called the Peacemaker this week with probably the coolest promotion I’ve ever heard. They’re selling 99-packs of the new beer for $99 in various locations around Austin, according to the brewers’ website. Might have to double-check my math […]

  • Russell Westbrook poses for photo with Russell Westbrook

    Matt Carney | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    I sincerely hope that Russell Westbrook runs his own official Russell Westbrook Facebook page because that would mean that yesterday Russell Westbrook posted a photo of Russell Westbrook posing with a picture of Russell Westbrook while holding a picture of Russell Westbrook to the official Russell Westbrook Facebook page. Russell Westbrook.

  • Johnny Football flips the bird at an opposing bench

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Midway through the third quarter in the Monday night preseason NFL matchup between the Browns and the Redskins, Johnny Manziel … well, you really don’t need me to explain it much more than this. Watch it below in Vine form, via gifdsports.

  • Watch something bad happen to James Harden

    Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Okay, it’s not that bad. Now that James Harden’s leading a conference rival and not coming off the Thunder’s bench though, we’ve gotta take what we can get. And what we got today was The Beard and a handful of his USA Basketball teammates taking their turn at the ice bucket challenge that’s gotten so […]

  • PHOTO: Adrian Peterson autographs a fan's prosthetic leg

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Thursday was the Minnesota Vikings’ final day in training camp and it looks like the team’s star running back and former Oklahoma Sooner took a short break to add his John Hancock to a super-fan’s decked out prosthetic leg. Makes you feel all good inside, doesn’t it?

  • White blight

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Macklemore, Eminem and now Iggy Azalea are all rapping their way to No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, but black artists aren't. What gives?

  • Mid-season report

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Halfway through 2014, our pop music columnist pauses for a breather.

  • YouTube’s trying to become more like Spotify

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    With YouTube likely morphing into a subscription music service, what’s a responsible consumer to do?

  • You should read Texas Monthly's awesome feature in honor of George Strait's final tour

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour met its end over the weekend, with one final show in Arlington. All-Texas-everything magazine Texas Monthly gave the occasion the longform feature treatment, offering up a 6,000-plus word gem from John Spong that did the King justice. You should definitely read it. Here are a couple of my […]

  • RIP CityWalk

    Matt Carney | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    CityWalk may be dead, but the memories of those who partied there will live on forever. Or at least as long as our servers hold out. With this week’s announcement of the demise of CityWalk, business editor Don Mecoy pointed out to me that the NewsOK database —which also stores old photos published in our […]

  • ALBUM REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds in Country Music' (High Top Mountain)

    By Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    ALBUM REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’ (High Top Mountain)

  • Progressive country politics

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    With his new record “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” 35-year-old newcomer Sturgill Simpson proves that country doesn’t have its wheels stuck in the past.

  • What they're saying about Oklahoma's botched execution

    Matt Carney | Published: Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    While only 12 reporters witnessed Oklahoma’s botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett Tuesday evening, news outlets picked up the story quickly and before the night was over some version of the evening’s events in McAlester was plastered everywhere from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post.

  • CD REVIEW: Horse Thief 'Fear in Bliss' (Bella Union)

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s own Horse Thief trek westward on their major label debut.

  • Who's the ignorant one here, exactly?

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    On two new rap releases, from YG and Kevin Gates, and the problems they pose for polarized audiences in light of the singer of Black Lips' comments about preferring "ghetto" and "ignorant" rap music.

  • The 10 best protest signs at today's education rally

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    With an estimated 25,000 people out at the state Capitol Monday rallying for an increase in public funding for education, it’s no surprise that the crowd — many of them teachers and school administrators who were bused in from around the state — brought some clever signs to drive their points home.