Robert Medley
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Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008.

A 1987 University of Oklahoma graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis on professional writing, Medley earned a master's degree in writing from Oklahoma City University in 2001. He has taught writing courses at Rose State College, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma


  • Would Rob Run? The story behind the Good Shepherd Catholic Sprint in Oklahoma City

    By Robert Medley Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The idea had been to include in the annual grade school track meet for schools in the Oklahoma City Catholic Archdiocese a special event for the children with "differing abilities" at Good Shepherd Catholic School at Mercy. But for Robert Medley, a reporter for The Oklahoman and the father of a 10-year-old child with autism, the question was: Would Rob run?

  • Children show off their abilities in the Good Shepherd Catholic Sprint Saturday

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    A special event for children called The Good Shepherd Catholic Sprint was part of the annual Catholic Grade School Athletic Association's track meet Saturday at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City.

  • 911 calls about Aubrey McClendon crash describe fiery scene

    By Robert Medley Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Mar 3, 2016

    Police have released 911 calls about Aubrey McClendon's fiery crash Wednesday morning in northeast Oklahoma City. McClendon was found dead in the crash.

  • Bethany woman comes to rescue of boy with autism

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    A woman with her own child with autism rescued another boy with autism from Northwest Epressway last week.

  • Boy with autism rescued from busy Oklahoma City street by mother of child with autism

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    The 12-year-old boy wearing no shirt or shoes held his hands over his ears as cars whizzed past him. He darted from the middle of the westbound lanes of Northwest Expressway to the eastbound lanes, having wandered from home on a day when there was no school. Motorists were honking, some yelling profanity. What they did not know was that he could not tell anyone where he had come from or where he was going. It was Monday, Presidents Day, and the mother of a 7-year-old girl who has autism was driving west of Portland on the Expressway. That's near one of the busiest intersections in the city with a high accident rate, NW 63 and Northwest Expressway. Surely, the boy was not supposed to be there, she thought.

  • Once a Texas Playboy, always a Texas Playboy, Oklahoman is one of the last

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Joe Settlemires was in his 20s when he joined "the king of Western swing," Bob Wills, in the early 1960s. Settlemires is one of the last of the Texas Playboys who toured with Wills, who died in 1975.

  • Free dental work offered in downtown Oklahoma City Friday and Saturday

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    People had a chance to get free dental work in downtown Oklahoma City. The event started Friday morning and will continue Saturday at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Bass tournament proves to be reel challenge for UCO teams

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    EDMOND — It was a tough lake to fish to begin with, and then the University of Central Oklahoma students competing in Texas had trouble with the engine of their bass boat. Jose Palma, 20, a bass fisherman for the UCO team, had scouted out Somerville Lake for two days before the Jan. 16 college tournament. Palma, of Oklahoma City, and his team partner, Andrew Madison, 21, caught only a few bass while practicing on the lake east of Austin on the Thursday and Friday before the tournament. Temperatures were in the 50s, and they caught only five fish leading up to a tournament that could have sent them on to the national championship.

  • Ex-student of retired Nichols Hills police chief to lead department

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Nichols Hills police chief Richard Mask retired last week. The department's deputy chief, who once was taught at UCO by Mask, will serve as chief.

  • Oklahoma City police identify home invasion suspect shot, killed by officer

    By Graham Lee Brewer and Robert Medley Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Oklahoma City police say Rodney Turner, 22, was shot and killed by a police officer Monday after he tried to wrestle the officer's gun from him.

  • Residents seek answers, clean up after OKC house explosion

    By Matt Patterson and Robert Medley Staff Writers   | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    The cause of the explosion remained under investigation Monday by the gas company, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma City fire investigators and the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

  • Three injured when gas explosion destroys Oklahoma City home

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 2, 2016

    Workers called to a natural gas leak were in a backyard early Saturday when a house exploded in the Walnut Creek neighborhood of northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Two Oklahomans die after being shot in vehicles on Interstate 40

    By Matt Patterson and Nolan Clay Staff Writers   | Published: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    Jeremy Doss Hardy, 36, of Pasadena, Texas, was arrested on a DUI complaint after a short pursuit and taken to the Custer County jail. He also is the subject of an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the shooting deaths.

  • Oklahoma Railway Museum is set for expansion, Christmas rides

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    As the Oklahoma Railway Museum plans its annual Christmas train rides, there are plans to move further north and add a roundhouse and more rail yard artifacts. Trains are used at the museum to give rides on track that had been abandoned between NW 10 and NW 50.

  • Christmas gifts for HIV/AIDS patients are sought through annual angel tree program

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    Other Options Inc. has been collecting Christmas gifts for those living with HIV/AIDS for 27 years. Angel tree adoptions to provide gifts will be through Dec. 14 this year.

  • Oklahoma trooper, firefighters rescue five from submerged vehicle

    Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Three children and two women were rescued Friday from a sinking vehicle in an Ottawa County creek by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and firefighters.

  • Trolley Stop Record Shop anniversary bash to feature Turtles drummer, other bands Saturday

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The Trolley Stop Record Shop will celebrate its fourth birthday with live bands and a rock legend from the 1960s and '70s on Saturday. Featured performer is Johny Barbata, 70, of Ada, a former drummer for The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship.

  • At 93, World War II POW shot down over Germany will speak to OKC Rotarians

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City native Marshall Hanna, 93, flew the P-38 Lighning fighter during World War II and was shot down on his 23rd mission over Germany. Hanna, who spent nine months as a prisoner of war, will speak to the Downtown Rotary Club 29 breakfast group Thursday.

  • Oklahoma police take runaways home or to shelter, not a county jail

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Running away from home is not a crime in the state of Oklahoma.




Robert Medley Today at 8:45 AM RT @NBCSportsSoccer: All eyes on Leicester #BPLonNBC https://t.co/WKzWeYIdBk
Robert Medley Today at 7:05 AM RT @KentuckyDerby: 6 days until #KyDerby 142! https://t.co/E7jO3ZvSIJ
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:18:07 PM CST RT @MarkMyersPIO: I think the #Thunder have a chance if they're only down by 30 going into halftime.
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:32:31 PM CST RT @okcthunder: Here we go! Thunder takes the floor for Game 1 vs Spurs. #ThunderUp! @NBAonTNT https://t.co/c30Wz0Q4JY
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:31:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs https://t.co/jkORKXX17T https://t.co/Tgufalpuuo
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:31:05 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Live Coverage: Thunder at Spurs https://t.co/ZtrjAKQCHr https://t.co/JiTBpUqqQI
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:29:18 PM CST RT @OU_Baseball: #YardWork and it's all tied up! Another #DeBomb for Dom and this three-run blast makes it 7-7 in the seventh!
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:22:33 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Would Rob Run? The story behind the Good Shepherd Catholic Sprint in Oklahoma City https://t.co/GiRgdQO2NS https://t.co/1…
Robert Medley Sat, Apr. 30 2016 06:53:17 AM CST Would Rob Run? The story behind the Good Shepherd Catholic Sprint in Oklahoma City https://t.co/ns06LYiqJb
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 06:05:24 PM CST RT @JenniferFOX25: Luckily those who lived in the home were at the storm shelter set up at the school @OKCFOX https://t.co/1ExGWjj4hz
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:48:25 PM CST RT @OUDaily: No tornado hit campus, and the tornado warning has been lifted, but there is still lightning and rain in the area: https://t.c
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:48:23 PM CST RT @OUDaily: OU Alert: Tornado warning has expired. Lightning in area and flooding possible. Be safe.
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:48:19 PM CST RT @OUDaily: VIDEO: People are canoeing down the streets in Norman: https://t.co/NhOjfFbzje https://t.co/8QEQGj9dOC
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:47:30 PM CST RT @NewsOK: OK governor vetoes vaccination bill https://t.co/4pMZh2Arnc
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:46:58 PM CST RT @OKCFOX: Mobile home destroyed by severe storms in Ninnekah https://t.co/7Ji7jOs25b https://t.co/wOmxDJVLJ6
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:38:47 PM CST Tracing the path of Route 66 through Oklahoma City https://t.co/yUFu1qFm5D
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:45:39 PM CST UPDATE: GOLDSBY, NORMAN and PURCELL take cover! https://t.co/XZ10RNRKJP
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:44:18 PM CST RT @kfor: Rotating supercell with possible future tornado headed to Cole and Goldsby. https://t.co/fUG8vpP7Bp
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:43:04 PM CST RT @KOCOBret: #JUSTIN OHP talking about possibly shutting down I-35 @koconews
Robert Medley Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:42:53 PM CST RT @TotalTrafficOKC: Flash flood warning until 745pm in Cleveland County #OKCtraffic https://t.co/5PW2TfQkaY

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