Bryan Painter
Local News 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.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit's director follows her childhood dreams of volunteering

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    “Throughout many different community service activities and my work in the education and nonprofit sector I have met countless people who are making an impact on their community and who’ve inspired me to do more,” Paula Wackenheim said. “There are just so many people who are working at a very grassroots level to improve education and health outcomes, it really is exciting to see how service, no matter how small, can benefit others.”

  • Of Character: The people within the numbers are important to Oklahoma City's Gloria Griffin

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Gloria Griffin was an educator in Oklahoma’s public schools for 41 years. She has and continues to volunteer in many ways.

  • Of Character: Ron Skinner enjoys being a docent at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Ron Skinner said, “My family has been farmers and cattlemen for generations. They grew crops as well as growing alfalfa and bailing prairie hay for the cattle. Also, most of my life I have been a student of Western history and of some of the artists whose paintings are exhibited at the museum, so I have a good understanding of the Western heritage and culture that the museum represents. My background allows me to represent the Western way of life.”

  • Principal works with others for others — students

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Donna Boles, principal at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, has been named the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals. In part, she received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond for her students, staff and overall school family.

  • Of Character: Each season of life has and continues to be important to Ken Mendenhall

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    “Regardless of one’s station in life there are needs that adulation or success don’t touch, therefore Christianity has relevance for everyone,” Ken Mendenhall said.

  • Of Character: Oklahoma father's family cliche became his son's motto

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    “Your actions speak so loud I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” Tommy Ashwood said it over and over and son, Albert ,said he has come to live by it.

  • Of Character: 80 years have not clouded Pauline Arnett Hodges memories of Black Sunday

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    On that day, the 5-year-old and her mother could see the black cloud rolling in from the northwest. A neighbor yelled for everyone to go to the cellar. “Even in the cellar, the dust was choking us, making us cough,” said Pauline Arnett Hodges, who was born to an Oklahoma Panhandle wheat farmer.