Mel Bracht
News Presentation Copy Editor, Sports Media

Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican and Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune, and joined The Tulsa Tribune as assistant sports editor in 1982. After the Tribune folded in 1992, he served as assistant sports editor on the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette.


Bracht joined The Oklahoman in 1994 as a sports copy editor and wrote a weekly sports media column. In 2000, he became a full-time media writer for the features staff. He also has served as a copy editor for the features and Opinion sections and as an editorial writer. He sings on the worship team at Victory Faith Center in Midwest City.


  • Remote patrol: Analyst Dave Lapham raves about OU quarterback Baker Mayfield

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    After Mayfield knocked down Joe Mixon after his 76-yard touchdown reception, Lapham said: “He’s going to hurt his teammates like a linebacker. He plays like a linebacker.”

  • Remote patrol: OSU quarterbacks earn high praise from new ESPNU announce team

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State's quarterback duo of Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh drew high praise from ESPNU's new broadcast team of Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan during the OSU-Central Michigan telecast Thursday night. "He's a quick-trigger kid, only 20 years of age, but man does he look the part of the quarterback,"  Amin, a high energy play-by-play announcer, said of Rudolph. After Rudolph scored on a 21-yard run, Amin noted that Rudolph's mother, Jamie, ran track at Liberty University. "Maybe he doesn't have his mom's speed, but he has the power." Stouffer, a former Colorado State quarterback and back-up with three NFL teams, noted Rudolph's poise in completing 22 of 32 attempts for 266 yards and

  • Fox Sports' Klatt picks TCU to win national title, calls OU and OSU darkhorses in Big 12

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt is moving up to Fox Sports’ No. 1 college football broadcast team, calling games with the always excitable Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Molly McGrath. In a conference call Thursday afternoon, Klatt predicted that TCU would win the national championship from a playoff field that also includes Alabama, Ohio State and USC. Here is Klatt’s analysis of the Big 12 race: I am taking TCU to win the national championship. They got a quarterback that is the best fit with his skill level to the system he runs in the country. That’s a title I would have given to Marcus Mariotta a year ago. Trevone Boykin is perfectly suited to execute what Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham have

  • Sports media: ESPN analyst Mack Brown expects Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield 'to be a great combination' for OU

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former Texas football coach Mack Brown has taken an expanded role with ESPN in his second season with the network. In addition to retaining his Saturday role as a studio analyst with ABC, Brown will join Dave Flemming and reporter Allison Williams to cover ESPN's Friday night games. Brown discusses his new role and other college football topics in a conference call Wednesday: Q: What are your impressions of new OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom you coached against in 2013? "I think Baker already has proven himself. He was a great player in a system and it probably hurt him some at Lake Travis (High School in Austin, Texas).

  • Media notes: Cardinals, Royals selected for ESPN Sunday night games in September

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    ESPN has selected three marquee matchups, which include four current first-place teams and six current playoff teams, for "Sunday Night Baseball" in September.





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