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.

  • Elephants destined for Oklahoma City doing well in temporary home

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The timetable for their move from San Diego to Oklahoma City is still being determined.

  • Tiger escapes from enclosure at OKC Zoo

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    During brief escape from her enclosure at the Oklahoma City Zoo, a Sumatran tiger did not enter areas accessible to the public.

  • Liberation of Dachau is an important chapter in history of 45th Infantry Division

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Elements of 45th Infantry Division liberated Dachau concentration camp in Germany on April 29, 1945, during World War II.

  • Terlingua, Texas: Visit before reality TV screws it up

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    I always enjoy the blank stares I get, even from some Texans, when I bring up Terlingua, Texas. Me: Hey, have you ever been to Terlingua? Other person: What’s Terlingua? Terlingua is a community near the border of Mexico and Big Bend National Park that has become well known to those looking for an off […]

  • Carl Albert High School program helps military kids adjust to new school

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Students from military families often feel alone at a new school. But a program at Carl Albert High School is working to make the students feel more at home.

  • Nepal quake also a blow to landmarks, tourism

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

      The earthquake in Nepal killed thousands and left the country reeling and entering a period of recovery that will likely take years. And there may be fewer tourism dollars during that time. The quake destroyed several famous sites, including the Dharahara tower in Kathmandu. About 800,000 people visit Nepal every year for the sole purpose […]

  • Online presence is one way Metropolitan Library System innovates

    BY MATT PATTERSON, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The Metropolitan Library System has stayed ahead of the curve with technology in the last several years. But perhaps the most noticeable innovation to customers is the system’s revamped website and card catalog system.

  • Research is part of the travel experience

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    For me, one of the best parts about travel is researching different places I’d like to visit. Travel is often expensive, so it’s good to know as much about a place before you decide to get out the credit card and book the airfare. Rick Steves is one of the best. His website is loaded with […]

  • Game of Thrones tours: All roads point to Winterfell

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Ireland is one of the most popular overseas destinations for Americans with an estimated 900,000 visiting the Emerald Isle every year. Dublin, the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Penisulua are some of the more popular locations. But you can channel your inner Stark or Baratheon by taking one of several Game of Thrones themed tours that leave […]

  • The Tripadvisor 25 most loved desitinations list is out

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

      Tripadvisor has become a go-to site for folks looking for information about hotels, destinations and everything in between for awhile now. Each year they put together their top 25 destinations list. As with all of these lists individual tastes may vary. For example, Marrakech is No. 1 and London is No. 6. But ask […]

  • Inclement weather forces elephants bound for Oklahoma City to be diverted to San Diego

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The trip for two elephants from Woodland Park in Seattle to Oklahoma City Zoo was expected to take 40 hours, but storms threatened to extend that time. So the elephants will spend an undetermined amount of time in San Diego.

  • Seattle elephants bound for OKC detoured to San Diego

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The Woodland Park and Oklahoma City Zoo’s jointly announced Friday that the caravan carrying the animals had been diverted to the San Diego Zoo because of inclement weather along the planned route from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

  • More everything! When airline food makes news

    Matt Patterson | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is when Jerry finds himself in first class on a long flight. It lays bare the difference between economy and first class in a funny, yet painfully true way. And that was in the late 1990s.  Let’s just say things haven’t improved much since then. “More everything!,” Jerry said when […]

  • Midwest City family gets boost from Carl Albert students

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Zach and Kelli Foster, whose son has a rare chromosomal disorder, were given a check as part of Carl Albert High School’s Students With A Goal fundraiser.

  • First Serve program taking its next leap in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The organization First Serve will expand its tennis camps to up to 150 kids this summer.

  • Fun stuff do in Oklahoma for Memorial Day weekend

    Matt Patterson | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Many people go to the lake on Memorial Day weekend. Some stay in town, content to grill in their backyards and have family and friends over. TravelOK has put together a list of things to do in Oklahoma if you’re not into any of that. While trips within our home state might not seem like […]

  • Botball engages curiosity for Mid-Del students

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Students in the Midwest City-Del City School District are getting a boost from the growing Botball program.

  • Warr Acres, Oklahoma, restaurant owner offers free meal to 'dumpster diver'

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Ashley Jiron owns P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. Customers can help feed the hungry if they choose.

  • Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Center begins renovating its space for pets

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The $700,000 project at the Oklahoma City animal shelter is expected to be finished by late summer.

  • Ever wanted to stay in a hotel that has some history?

    Matt Patterson | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Historic Hotels of America has launched a new website in time for planning summer travel. Follow your American Dreams and choose from a variety of different vacation ideas, including family getaways, road trips, national parks and lands, culinary destinations, urban adventures, and more. With over 260 historic hotels across the United States from Puerto Rico […]