Steve Gooch
Photographer

Steve Gooch has been a photojournalist in Oklahoma City for more than 30 years. His coverage of news, features and sports assignments has taken him across the state and country. Growing up in Oklahoma City in the 1960s & 70s, everyone knew a local naturalist/herpetologist named Bob Jenni, who would make TV and public appearances all over the state.
Gooch was always fascinated with the way Mr. Jenni could handle alligators, rattlesnakes, cobras and many other animals. He had dreams of becoming a herpetologist, however, his mother had a strict "no snakes" rule. So, photography was Gooch's career choice. He took photos for Northwest Classen High School's yearbook and newspaper, studied photography at the University of Central Oklahoma and worked at The Oklahoman on a part-time basis. In 1979, he wanted to start taking photos like you see on Navy recruiting posters (FYI-never trust a recruiter named "Speedy"). After three years assembling and testing underwater mines instead of taking pictures, he moved back to Oklahoma City as a photojournalist and has worked for The Oklahoman since 1982. Gooch enjoys keeping and photographing pythons as a hobby, and his images have appeared in national and international reptile magazines.

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Oklahoman Photo Dept Today at 10:42 AM 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
Oklahoman Photo Dept Thu, Jun. 26 2014 07:13:36 PM CST Earthquake town hall meeting on Edmond LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jun. 25 2014 06:37:53 PM CST Camera shy #bullmastiff at OKC Summer Classic #DogShow. Photo by Nate Billings. #dogs LINK