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
By Robert Medley Staff Writer email@example.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015
The farm in southern Logan County has been in the same family since it was claimed by a man from Kansas in 1889. On Saturday at this 125-year-old farm, a man born here 100 years ago celebrated his birthday. In 1915, James Oliver Cornforth was raised on the farm near Forest Hills Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Saturday, he returned from Pomona, Calif., to become a centenarian. His brother, Lawrence Leroy Cornforth, 96, of Oklahoma City, was also at the birthday and reunion. The Cornforth farm was started by their grandfather, Oliver Smith Cornforth, who made the 1889 Land Run and moved from Kansas. He staked his claim to land where his descendants have raised wheat, hay, alfalfa and cattle through the decades.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015
With all the rain in Oklahoma, there may be more snakes and other animals displaced until waters receed. And the mosquito population may rise this year.
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015
Oklahoma City firefighters are filling boots in a yearly fundraising effort to support the Oklahoma City chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association.
By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015
A number of patients were treated from tornado-related injuries in south Oklahoma City. Integris Southwest Medical Center received six patients shortly before midnight, including an 80-year-old woman who is in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman reported.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is using a new device to find hidden graves. The tool located a woman’s body in Pottawatomie County in March.
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015
Life’s A Swim is offering free swim lessons this weekend in northwest Oklahoma City. Children as young as 4 months old can take lessons.
BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015
A 6-year-old Edmond boy died and his mother and brother were injured in a head-on collision Sunday night on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
Authorities are investigating a homicide in Bethany. A body was found in a house fire near NW 23 and N Rockwell Avenue.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
An explosion in a house was reported in Amber, Oklahoma. One woman was killed and her sister was injured.
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015
The Stockyards City District in southwest Oklahoma City was hit by a devastating fire. A native art gallery has a new location around the corner.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Firefighters responding to a three-alarm fire about 7:45 a.m. faced frigid temperatures and hazardous conditions. The fire caused a large portion of the roof of Bentley-Gafford Co. Ranch Store, 1320 Agnew Ave., to collapse and spread into Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry next door, destroying much of the building and the art inside.
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Monarch butterflies are annual visitors to Oklahoma, but their numbers are declining. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched a campaign to help.
By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015
A Norman man has been charged with abusing another man and burying his body in Cleveland County, concealing his death for two months and taking advantage of him financially.
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015
With the red earth-toned roof restored atop, the inside of the former Hopewell Baptist Church will be restored next with structural repairs to support the auditorium floor
By DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015
Oklahoma family escapes Logan County wildfire, but blaze destroys home
By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015
He may be gone but Elvis Presley is not forgotten. A birthday party for the rock ’n’ roll legend will be at the Trolley Stop Record Shop from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.