Nate Billings
Photographer

Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did not consider photography as a career until he was offered a summer internship at The Oklahoman in 2000 while working as the photo editor at Oklahoma State University's student newspaper, The Daily O'Collegian. He stayed on at The Oklahoman when offered a job in the fall, saying he would keep working in photojournalism as long as he was having fun. And, he still is. Billings graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., and earned his bachelor's degree from OSU and his master's in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Top Stories


  • An evening with giant catfish

    Nate Billings | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    I photographed the weigh-in at the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley on Saturday.  It was my first trip to the event. I don’t think noodling is the kind of thing that I’m interested in trying, however, the competitors looked like they were having a great time and have an incredible passion for the sport. […]

  • SUPing on the Oklahoma River

    Nate Billings | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

        One of the things I enjoy about my job is getting to check out things I might like to try on my own. On Saturday, I photographed a stand up paddleboard class on the Oklahoma River. It looked like a lot of fun. It convinced me that I’ll have to try SUP on […]




Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Sep. 06 2014 10:34:11 PM CST #sooner Alex Ross 82-yard touchdown run in #OUvsTulsa LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 30 2014 04:46:51 PM CST Fans greet the #sooners football team before the #OUvs LATech football game. Photo by Bryan Terry, The @NewsOKPhoto LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Fri, Aug. 29 2014 10:42:46 AM CST goodbye to K-9 officer Kye LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Aug. 13 2014 08:54:16 PM CST Oklahoma high school football practice gears up on Wednesday LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Mon, Aug. 11 2014 01:28:36 PM CST See images from the opening day of Oklahoma high school football practice. LINK #sports #football LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Aug. 09 2014 03:54:11 PM CST Be sure to read about midnight basketball from @OKRelig in Sunday's @TheOklahoman LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jul. 26 2014 11:55:01 PM CST People watch #catvidfestokc at the @myriadgardens #OKC LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Tue, Jul. 22 2014 11:19:20 AM CST @NewsOKPhoto & Bedford's Instameet Sunday at the River. Prizes for best photos from Bedfords & Riversport Adventures LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sun, Jul. 20 2014 09:32:15 PM CST Flowers surround the James Garner statue in Norman, Ok. (photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman) #JamesGarner LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jul. 19 2014 03:16:10 PM CST MUDD volleyball. It's all for charity. And it's all for fun. #MDA More: LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 16 2014 06:06:53 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: Tons of cute at the @okczoo. Baby Leom and mom enjoy the cool wave. LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Tue, Jul. 15 2014 09:24:18 PM CST Image sequence: @okczoo new baby rhino runs in a circle. LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sun, Jul. 13 2014 12:50:15 AM CST King of the Rock LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sun, Jul. 13 2014 12:49:33 AM CST Red Bull King of the Rock 1-on-1 LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:10:08 PM CST See photos from the first round of the US Senior Open. LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 09 2014 11:10:35 PM CST "Frozen" LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jul. 09 2014 11:09:39 PM CST Do you doubt the popularity of "Frozen"? Don't! Thousands show up for movie night at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Mon, Jul. 07 2014 11:45:52 AM CST Opening night photos of #IFYR: LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Fri, Jul. 04 2014 03:29:10 PM CST Patriotic #stormtrooper at #LibertyFest parade. More pics: LINK #fourthofjuly LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Fri, Jun. 27 2014 02:17:59 PM CST New #thunder players are introduced LINK