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.


  • Comments sought on Chisholm Trail designation

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The process of designating the Chisholm and Great Western trails as National Park Service historical trails began in 2009 with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. There have been public meetings in communities along the trail and some, like Bob Klemme, have lobbied members of Oklahoma’s House delegation to approve the designation when it comes up for a vote, which could be later this year. The public is invited to take part in the process by commenting on the feasibility study at nps.gov. Comments can be left on the park service website through Friday. The designation will be determined by the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Plenty to see along the Chisholm Trail in Oklahoma

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    From museums, to trail ruts along the highway there’s plenty to explore for those interested in history.

  • Chisholm, McCoy helped shape the American cattle industry

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    McCoy the entrepreneur and Chisholm the frontier trader combined to create a huge economic boon for cattlemen in this part of the country.

  • Chisholm Trail timeline

    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    At its peak, the Chisholm Trail stretched more than 800 miles. Cowboys herded more than 6 million head of cattle along the trail to stockyards in Kansas and Missouri. Many of the herds wound up on the East Coast, supplying beef to growing population centers like New York. 1866 A post-Civil War cattle glut in Texas motivates some ranchers to explore ways to transport their cattle to other markets. 1867 Entrepreneur Joseph McCoy promotes ranchers moving their cattle to the East Coast. He builds stockyards on the Kansas Pacific Railway in Abilene, Kan., and recruits cattle buyers to come to Abilene to purchase cattle. 1871-1873 Those were the trail’s peak cattle-driving years.

  • Chisholm Trail is integral part of Oklahoma History

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The National Park Service conducted a feasibility study on designating it a national trail.

  • Putnam City Schools seeks new board member

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Putnam City Schools board of education will appoint a new member after an application period.

  • Yukon schools officials examine long-term planning

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Yukon Public Schools conducted an online survey and put together several focus groups to help determine long-term goals for the district, Superintendent Jason Simeroth said.

  • New training system to enhance Yukon, Oklahoma, firefighters' safety, efficiency

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Blue Card Command Training System allows firefighters to simulate responses to fires. Yukon firefighters are the first in Oklahoma to train with the new system.

  • Edmond Memorial High School student's gift makes classmates feel special

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Dan Williams bought a Valentine for every female member of his school.

  • Oklahoma's oldest resident dies

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Ora Holland, 114, died in Oklahoma City.

  • Learning to fly: Newalla man takes aspiring aviators under his wing

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    A love of aviation seeps from just about every crack in David Ames’ cavernous workshop in Newalla.

  • Quilt with Oklahoma ties to be auctioned

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The quilt, made by Camille Phelan in the 1930s, could fetch as much as $25,000.

  • Bethany Library marks 50 years

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Bethany Library held a reception to mark 50 years of service on Monday.

  • Oklahoma City's Downtown Library has collection of Oklahoma treasures

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma Room at the Downtown Library contains thousands of Oklahoma-related books and other materials.

  • New animal welfare superintendent hopes to increase visibility

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Julie Bank has been on the job as Oklahoma City’s new animal welfare superintendent since Jan. 16, and one of her primary goals is to expand the department’s visibility in the community.

  • Oklahoma City foundation's donation makes a year's worth of free animal adoptions possible at Midwest City shelter

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    The shelter charges $45 per adoption. Those fees cover the cost the Central Oklahoma Humane Society charges the shelter for spaying and neutering at its Oklahoma City clinic. A donation from Oklahoma City philanthropist Bobbie Burbridge Lane’s Burbridge Foundation made to OK Humane Society will cover the Midwest City shelter’s costs for one year, allowing the public to adopt the animals at the shelter for free.

  • Gorilla born in Oklahoma City still looking for a mom

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Kamina was born in August at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo's elephant calf learns all about bath time

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    The female elephant calf was born about two weeks ago at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

  • Elephant births — like the one in Oklahoma City — have global impact

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    The recent birth of an Asian elephant calf at the Oklahoma City Zoo is one of several in the region in recent years.

  • Midwest Regional Medical Center offers civilian exposure to Tinker Air Force Base military medics

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base will get more on-the-job training thanks to a new partnership with Midwest Regional Medical Center in Midwest City.




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