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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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?