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.


  • Oklahoma State football: Fox broadcast crew shocked by Cowboys' offensive ineptness

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma State football team showed it wasn’t ready for prime time in being dismantled by Texas 28-7 Saturday night on Fox. The network likely will have more of the same from the Cowboys next Saturday night when it broadcasts the OSU-Baylor game. Fox Sports announcers Joe Davis and Joey Harrington appeared shocked by the total domination by the Longhorns over the Cowboys, which they said had ranked third in points scored over the previous three seasons. At one point in the second quarter noting OSU had scored only six times in its last 47 scoring drives, Harrington said, “That’s not a Mike Gundy offense. That’s not Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Clint Chelf of J.W. Walsh, for that matter.

  • OU football: ESPN's Matt Millen dumbfounded by Sooners' first-half gameplan

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    OU 42, Texas Tech 30 — Samaje Perine ran for 213 yards in the Sooners’ come-from-behind win over Tech on Saturday. But most of that production came in the second half, forcing ESPN’s Matt Millen to question the Sooners’ playcalling in the first half.

  • Media notebook: Cox to air Mustang at Broken Arrow football playoff game

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The game will be shown on Cox channels 3 and 703 and streamed at www.coxhshub.com.

  • Ratings watch: OU-Baylor telecast is Fox Sports 1's most-watched college football game this season

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The telecast gets 17.2 rating in Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma football: Stoops brothers' gameplan 'terrible,' says Fox Sports 1's Joel Klatt

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    The former Colorado quarterback said of OU’s defense in the loss to Baylor: “I think 90 percent of the high school quarterbacks in this country could have gone out and completed 50 percent of their passes on Oklahoma today. There were no defenders anyway near the wide receivers.”




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