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 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
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jun. 21 2014 09:47:50 PM CST Looking for pics of giant catfish? #OkieNoodling LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jun. 21 2014 08:13:58 PM CST Things you don't see every day. Raccoon on a leash at #OkieNoodling Tournament. LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jun. 14 2014 02:59:28 PM CST A crowd watches Footloose during @deadCENTER at the @myriadgardens Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, Jun. 07 2014 01:10:12 PM CST Sweet moment from @ucoendeavor games. Photo by Steve Gooch. LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Wed, Jun. 04 2014 12:42:58 AM CST See photos from Florida's National Championship win over Alabama. #WCWS LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Tue, Jun. 03 2014 10:14:34 PM CST Florida celebrates the #WCWS title over Alabama. @GatorZoneSBall Photo by @sarahcphipps /The Oklahoman LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sun, Jun. 01 2014 08:29:21 PM CST See photos from Sunday's #WCWS games. LINK LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 09:00:53 PM CST .@KDTrey5 celebrates (photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman) #ThunderVsSpurs #WCF LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 08:50:23 PM CST .@russwest44 celebrates a dunk. (photo via @bterryphoto /the Oklahoman) #ThunderVsSpurs #WCF LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 08:42:48 PM CST Look at our first half gallery during this last set of commercials. #ThunderVsSpurs #WCF LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 08:12:20 PM CST .@KDTrey5 dunks (via @bterryphoto /the oklahoman) #ThunderVsSpurs #WCF LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 08:06:53 PM CST .@russwest44 steals a pass. (via @bterryphoto /the oklahoman) #ThunderVsSpurs #WCF LINK
Oklahoman Photo Dept Sat, May. 31 2014 07:57:55 PM CST .@KDTrey5 shoots #okcthunder #ThunderVsSpurs #wcf (via @bterryphoto /the oklahoman) LINK