Matt Patterson
Local News Reporter

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.

Patterson attended Jenks High School and The University of Oklahoma majoring in History. He and his wife, Krisan, were married in 2004 and live in Oklahoma City with their two dogs and one evil cat. When not working, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors and following his beloved New England Patriots.

  • Walking Dead cruise coming next year

    Matt Patterson | Yesterday

    Fear the Walking Dead will debut this summer and of course the mother ship will be back in the fall for yet another season of human drama intermixed with walking corpses. And if that's not enough, you have the option of setting sail with some of the cast members and a whole bunch of people dressed up like zombies. The Walking Dead cruise experience sets sail in January and will include some of the cast members, most notably Norman Reedus AKA Daryl and Chandler Riggs AKA Carl. Theme cruises are popular these days with everything from rock n roll to ship full of GOP talking heads, there seems like there's a themed cruise available for just about any interest.

  • Yukon's Freedom Fest offers two days of fun, fireworks

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Freedom Fest activities on Friday and Saturday in Yukon will include a fireworks display.

  • Seattle elephants adjusting to life in OKC

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The two Asian elephants Chai and Bamboo arrived at Oklahoma City Zoo from Seattle in May by way of the San Diego Zoo. They spent 30 days in Oklahoma City in quarantine, which ended June 14.

  • Alaska crash highlights buyer beware when it comes to excursions

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

      Alaska is full of natural beauty and for those that are fortunate enough to visit this gigantic state it's well worth the trip and expense. Glaciers, whales, mountains, waterfalls, large's all there. And for the most part it's as safe a place as any to visit even though the weather can often be unpredictable. Nine people died on a cruise ship excursion last week when the float plane they were flying on crashed into the side of a mountain while returning from Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan. The cause hasn't been determined yet and it isn't clear if weather played a role in the accident but it's Alaska so it's fair to wonder if it did.

  • Sea lion pup dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A sea lion pup was stillborn Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Zoo's Noble Aquatics Center. It was resuscitated after birth, but could not sustain life on its own.

  • Giraffe born at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A female giraffe was born to Ellie and Bogy, two 15-year-olds, at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The baby is about 5 feet tall, but zoo officials don't know how much she weighs. The calf has not been named.

  • Stand Watie's Civil War treaty on display in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Northeastern State University archives assistant Blain McLain found document that turned out to be the Watie Treaty, signed on June 23, 1865, by Brig. Gen. Stand Watie. It marked the last surrender by a Confederate general in the field, signed in Doaksville near the Texas border.

  • $9M West River Trail brings more outdoor fun to OKC

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The MAPS 3 West River Trail is a scenic 7.5 mile trail that connects Lake Overholser to the south bank of the Oklahoma River, and it is the first of three MAPS 3 trails that will open in Oklahoma City in the coming years.

  • Mom, daughter in same Crooked Oak graduating class attend their 50th reunion

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Shirley Donaldson and Rosetta McKee recently attended their 50th class reunion at Crooked Oak High School. Mom and daughter were members of the same graduating class in 1965.

  • Shared history binds Oklahoma surgeons to patient

    By Matt Patterson The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    William Alexander's kidney transplant in Oklahoma City was done by Dr. Shea Samara, assisted by his father, Dr. Scott Samara, who performed a kidney transplant on Alexander’s younger brother in 1984.

  • It's a Breeze: Carnival to change ships in Galveston

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

      Carnival, a major player in the Texas/Oklahoma cruise market, is switching up its ships leaving from Galveston next year. The Magic will be re-positioned to Port Canaveral in April 2016 and the Carnival Breeze will take her place in Galveston beginning in May 2016. Breeze will kick off its new Galveston-based cruise program May […]

  • Bone-A-Fide event brings out cool dogs and cats in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City held its annual Bone-A-Fide event.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo awaits birth of sea lion pup

    By Matt Patterson Staff | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Pearl, a sea lion at the Oklahoma City Zoo, is set to give birth to a pup at any time. Given her history, the pregnancy is being monitored closely by zoo staffers.

  • Mays' baseball career is focus of new exhibit

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer - mpatterson@oklahomancom | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    KINGFISHER — Carl Mays’ name isn’t on the tip of many tongues when it comes to discussion of Oklahoma baseball legends, but his life in the majors is no less interesting than that of Mickey Mantle or Johnny Bench. For starters, Mays and legend Ty Cobb didn’t get along at all. And Mays accidentally killed a player while pitching in a game in 1929. The submarine pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, among other teams, is the subject of a new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. It includes 1900s-era baseball equipment and a few items from Mays’ life, including an autograph and bricks from a home he built with his big league money.

  • Carl Mays exhibit in Kingfisher highlights interesting baseball career

    By Matt Patterson The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Carl Mays, the submarine pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, among other teams, is the subject of a new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

  • Service lifts otherwise messy sightseeing day in London

    Matt Patterson | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The Tower of London was a mild dissapointment. Yeah, the Crown Jewels were cool, and just being on the grounds is pretty amazing but between the rain and the Saturday afternoon crowds it was a suboptimal experience, and a rookie mistake. Saturdays are not good days to visit the Tower of London. The rainy afternoon […]

  • Oklahoma City church to host dog show pet adoption Saturday

    By Matt Patterson The | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A dog show and pet adoption event is set Saturday at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. Several rescue groups will participate, including Edmond Animal Services; Misfits, Mutts and Meows; The Underdogs; Tiny Tails Small Dog Rescue; OKC Westies and Sooner Golden Retrievers.

  • Airlines could shrink carry on bags

    Matt Patterson | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

      Rick Steves devotees beware: You’re life is about to get a lot harder. For those familiar with Steves, he’s the PBS travel guru who has spent 1/3 of his adult life traveling through Europe and writing some awesome guide books in the process. And one of his tenets is never check a bag. Ever. […]

  • Dogs and cats in airlplane cargo holds, a bad idea?

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    USA Today has a piece about traveling with your dog, attempting to dispel some of the myths associated with dogs and airplanes. The effort isn’t very convincing. I wouldn’t put my dog (or cat) in the hold of an airplane for any reason. Yes, I know those sections of the hold are pressurized and supposedly […]

  • Bethany, Oklahoma, voters will decide zoning issue on crematorium

    By Matt Patterson

    The Oklahoman

    | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Bethany voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to overturn a rezoning ordinance approved by the city council that would allow a crematorium to be built here near homes and a retirement community.