Berry Tramel
Columnist

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Pat Riley's 'get a grip' good advice for Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Pat Riley spoke to the media Thursday in Miami. He doesn’t talk all that often. But when he does, it’s interesting. The Miami Heat president addressed his unsteady roster – 14 of the Heat’s 15 players will be or could be free agents, including superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and basically […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel is answering your questions on Thunder, Big 12 football and more from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • OKC Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Players who can shoot and defend are out there. It’s Sam Presti’s job to go out and find them.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Who should start at center, Kendrick Perkins or Steven Adams?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kendrick Perkins.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's Steven Adams' ceiling in the NBA?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Steven Adams:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Where does Perry Jones III fit in next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Perry Jones III.

  • OKC Thunder: Taking stock of Reggie Jackson's season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Reggie Jackson: 1. Reggie Jackson's third season in the NBA was ... Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) — Eventful. He went from starting point guard to sixth man to starting point guard to sixth man to starting shooting guard. He had ups and downs along the journey, but in staying humble in his successes and focused in his struggles, he revealed a lot about who he is and where he is going in this league. Can’t wait to see what he does next year, when he should finally find comfort in his fourth season. Anthony Slater (beat writer) — A roller coaster. A few weeks in, Jackson was already being pumped as the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Berry Tramel is live on the Power Lunch chat, talking Thunder offseason, the U.S. Open, and more. Questions and comments? Get them in now and join Berry at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Was Caron Butler the right choice for OKC, and will he be back?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    THUNDER ROUNDTABLE — The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Caron Butler.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Hasheem Thabeet

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabeet.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel will be chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports today at 10:30 a.m. talking Thunder offseason, Super Regionals and the lead-up to college football. Questions? Join the conversation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC can't just wait for the new Jordan, basketball's Belichick to capitulate

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    One of these days/decades, the teams who open the NBA Finals on Thursday in San Antonio will eventually step aside. The better bet for OKC is to get better and quick.

  • Thabo Sefolosha will likely play elsewhere next season

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The wounds are fresh. The stings still sore. Sometimes, you learn stuff. Here are 10 things I learned about your favorite squad.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Bench not the problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Thunder bench scored five points in Game 6 against the Spurs. All by Derek Fisher. That’s an absurd total. But completely explainable. Let’s see. Take your top scorer off the bench, place him in the starting lineup and don’t even play the guy who was demoted. Then play your starters more minutes. A lot […]




Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 10 2014 01:32:28 PM CST Italy travelblog: Glad to be home LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 09 2014 09:23:15 AM CST Italy travelblog: Arrivederci, Roma LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 08 2014 09:14:07 AM CST Italy travelblog: Touring OU's monastery LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:36:29 AM CST Italy travelblog: Cooking under the Tuscan sun LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 06 2014 11:38:37 AM CST Italy travelblog: Antiques in antiquity LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 05 2014 12:40:20 PM CST Italy travelblog: 4th of July in the ancient city of Arezzo LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 04 2014 05:45:51 PM CST Italy travelblog: We interrupt this trip to drive a Ferrari LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 03 2014 09:58:18 AM CST Italy travelblog: A gondola ride ends a day without wheels LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 02 2014 09:13:25 AM CST Italy travelblog: 34 years late, we make it to Venice LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 07:29:09 PM CST Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 01 2014 09:26:26 AM CST Italy travelblog: St. Peter's trumps the Sistene Chapel LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 30 2014 09:02:52 AM CST Italy travelblog: The Colosseum takes you back in time LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jun. 29 2014 09:06:03 AM CST Italy Travelblog: Lots of history, but where are the bathrooms? LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jun. 28 2014 09:16:19 AM CST Italy travelblog: Spanish Steps & the Gelato Nazi LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jun. 27 2014 05:10:32 AM CST Italy travelblog: Surviving a nine-hour flight LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 11:32:09 AM CST Guess who's going to Italy? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jun. 26 2014 09:36:44 AM CST Oklahoma football: Memories of a falling pressbox LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jun. 25 2014 10:12:20 AM CST Sam Presti: How far above the norm are the Thunder drafts? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Details for proposed renovations to Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 24 2014 04:34:28 PM CST OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal LINK