Steve Lackmeyer
Business Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (now home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’s history, "OKC Second Time Around," Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.

Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:25:03 PM CST @cityofokc does a lot of things very well. But I don't know anyone who thinks they do a great job monitoring street projects.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:24:26 PM CST @DustinAkers Other cities don't do it this way.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:24:11 PM CST @DustinAkers Nothing to investigate. @cityofokc has made it routine to let contractors rip up streets, abandon job sites for weeks or months
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:23:16 PM CST Seems like Rudy Construction has used a month of rain to get two months more time to get the job done on Park Ave.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:22:34 PM CST NO. This is the job at NW 164.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:10:49 PM CST FYI @cityofokc - remember how you said Cimarron would be done with the NB lanes of Western Ave by July 15? Um, yeah. They're not even close.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:09:00 PM CST Dear Don Noble owner of Cimarron Construction. Congrats on getting extra $500k from @cityofokc on Western Ave job. Can you please finish it?
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:02:10 PM CST I wonder how many contractors in the private sector get to abandon their jobs as often as Cimarron & get paid $500k over their contract.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 11:01:14 PM CST @cityofokc has paid Cimarron Construction, which has repeatedly abandoned Western Ave job site, more than $500k over original contract.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 10:58:37 PM CST Oh lovely. @cityofokc is asking City Council to approve another $160k to Cimarron Construction for Western Ave job. Amazing.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 10:39:56 PM CST This country will be so messed up by then I doubt a President Kanye could do much more damage...
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:01:25 PM CST RT @MikeLydon: Could the era of glass skyscrapers be over? Maybe buildings in Miami, Brooklyn + London will stop looking the same. http://t
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 09:00:53 PM CST RT @danprimack: Looks like a social media job might have just opened up...
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 08:44:18 PM CST RT @midtown_okc: Thanks @The FoodDood! Great piece about Oklahoma City's Fassler Hall, decked with German beer and gourmet sausage http://t
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 08:27:01 PM CST RT @Thehavenokc: Perfect night for the @porchmice #TwilightConcert at the @myriadgardens!
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 08:26:54 PM CST RT @JeffSpeckAICP: An important step: eliminating the rush-hour parking ban in Des Moines.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 08:18:26 PM CST RT @kelfry: OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook Marries Nina Earl in Star-Studded Beverly Hills Ceremony
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 07:44:05 PM CST RT @ThunderObsessed: RUSS IS A VAMPIRE. IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 07:42:47 PM CST RT @OKDOT: OKC - Southbound I-235 is narrowed to one lane at N. 23rd St. until 6a Monday for bridge repairs.
Steve's OKC Central Sun, Aug. 30 2015 07:17:20 PM CST RT @DowntownOKC: Feel like being outside tonight? Go watch @thecageokc at downtown community basketball court 🏀 or see @PorchMice at @myria…