Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak resulting in more than 40 deaths. He has extensive experience in human interest stories and coverage of victims, striving to stress the importance of the individual behind the numbers.

Top Stories


  • OKC Schools human resource officer chooses to be inspirational

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Rodney J. McKinley is the chief human resources officer for Oklahoma City Public Schools.“For me here, in terms of my actions in this school district, I am going to be a man of character,” he said. “I choose to have strong character in how I act, my integrity, how I treat people and doing what is right.”

  • Looking to the weekend weather ...

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    For weather updates from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ Shower and thunderstorm chances will return late Saturday as an upper level wave approaches the plains.

  • Update: 79 percent of Oklahoma experiencing some form of drought

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: An upper level wave moving off the western high plains will enter the panhandles into western Oklahoma this morning.

  • How strong are the winds?

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Elevated to critical fire weather conditions will occur today due to dry conditions, low humidity, and strong winds.

  • "Critical Wildfire conditions likely" today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Wildfire danger will be elevated to critical on Wednesday due to dry weather, decreasing humidity, warmer temperatures, and increasing winds.

  • A National Weather Service, Norman look back at the April 14-15, 2012 Woodward tornado

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: The April 14-15, 2012 Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado   The following summary was taken from a public information statement issued by the NWS Norman forecast office at 4:41 pm CDT on Monday, April 16, 2012.

  • Gary McManus writes about the mid-April freeze/wheat ...

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    In years of covering Oklahoma’s wheat industry, I learned that after a hard freeze this time of year, it’s always wait and see for wheat farmers.

  • Chickasha leads the way with low temps at Mesonet sites today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Rain returns Thursday during the day, with thunderstorms possible by this weekend.

  • Snow reports from Panhandle...freezing temps ahead

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas Forecast Office:  A band of light snow brought accumulating snow to the Panhandles last night, with totals ranging from 1.5 to 2 inches across the northern parts of the Panhandles to a tenth of an inch or less in the far southeast.

  • Back in 1953...

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    According to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Oklahoma City accumulated 0.8 inches of snow on April 14, 1953 – 61 years ago today.

  • Still snowing ...

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    At 8:30 a.m.: Harper County had 1 1/2 inches of snow by about 7 a.m.

  • "Long-tornado free streak has been broken"

    Bryan Painter | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    According to the National Weather Service, Norman,  ”The long tornado-free streak has also been broken with a very brief tornado in open country north of Velma at 5:58 p.m.”  

  • Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America celebrates 100 years

    BY BRYAN PAINTER, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Oren Lee Peters, of Edmond, who will be 93, has been involved in Scouting in Oklahoma since he was 13 years old.

  • Snow and blowing snow in Panhandle forecast

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    National Weather  Service, Amarillo, Texas (coverage includes the Oklahoma Panhandle): Cimarron, Texas, Beaver counties in the Panhandle.

  • Oklahoma County in a freeze warning, 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday

    Bryan Painter | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

      From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: For: Alfalfa-Grant-Kay-Major-Garfield-Noble-Dewey-Custer-Blaine- Kingfisher-Logan-Payne-Beckham-Washita-Caddo-Canadian-Oklahoma- Grady-Harmon-Greer-Kiowa-Jackson-Tillman-Comanche-Cotton counties.

  • Life, and the games, go on for Oklahoma City volunteer

    BY BRYAN PAINTER, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    “The words ‘thank you’ and a hug mean a lot to me,” Oklahoma City volunteer Patsy George said

  • Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds possible today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    For updates throughout the day: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of northern… western…central…and southern Oklahoma…and western north Texas.

  • Golf ball sized hail, damaging winds possible

    Bryan Painter | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman: Today’s forecast, “Isolated thunderstorms will be possible along a dryline this afternoon and evening across portions of western Oklahoma.

  • Chances for severe storms followed by chance for freezing temps in areas

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: A few storms may develop Saturday afternoon and evening over western Oklahoma and far western north Texas.

  • "Strong to severe storms possible." And did you see the high temp at Grandfield yesterday?

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    First off, the high temperature at Grandfield, Okla.