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


  • Drought picture improves in southeast Oklahoma, remains grim in west

    Silas Allen | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    Recent rains provided drought relief across Oklahoma over the past week, but conditions in western Oklahoma remained dire, according to a new U.S.

  • Western Oklahoma wakes up to chilly temperatures Wednesday

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    It was a chilly morning out west, with temperatures in the 30s across western Oklahoma and the Panhandle Wednesday morning.

  • Norman police ask parents to help prevent heatstroke deaths

    Silas Allen | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    With summer closing in, the Norman Police Department is reminding parents never to leave their children in a hot car.

  • Monday's storm brought heavy rains to eastern Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Although western and central Oklahoma didn’t get much help from a storm system that passed through the state over the weekend, it was a different picture in the eastern half of the state.

  • 37.5 degrees at Kenton this morning

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Shower and thunderstorm chances will continue through the morning hours.

  • Oklahoma City Red Cross volunteer makes sure needs of others come first

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    Olivia Dennard is a member of the Red Cross’ Central and Western Oklahoma's disaster action team.

  • Soggy morning in Oklahoma City, Spencer

    Silas Allen | Published: Thu, May 8, 2014

    It was a wet morning in parts of the Oklahoma City metro Thursday morning.

  • Oklahoma weather: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for 19 counties

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    The National Weather Service’s Norman office issued a severe thunderstorm watch Wednesday afternoon for 19 counties in western Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Forestry Services wildfire update

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    OFS Wildfire Activity Update   Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, have Task Forces responding to a number of fires that were on-going yesterday in several counties across Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma weather: Fire danger continues Wednesday, rain in forecast

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    The possibility of wildfires is high in western Oklahoma through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s Norman office.

  • Wildfires Update: Oklahoma Department of Emergency Managment

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    WILDFIRES IMPACTING STATE   The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to work with our partners at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division to assist local firefighters with this wildfire outbreak.

  • Oklahoma weather: High fire danger warning in effect Tuesday

    Silas Allen | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are reminding residents that a red flag warning denoting high fire danger is in effect for western Oklahoma until 10 p.m.

  • Situation Update: Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    Situation Update Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management     WILDFIRES IMPACTING STATE   The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to work with our partners at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division to assist local firefighters with this wildfire outbreak.

  • Preventing wildfires ... and a look at high temps, Altus 105 degrees today

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Also in looking at today’s weather, Oklahoma City has had a  high temperature of 97 degrees breaking the city’s daily high temperature  record of 94 degrees on this date in 1940.

  • Governor Mary Fallin declares burn ban for 36 counties

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    Governor Mary Fallin Monday declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties because of wildfires that began Sunday.

  • Altus at 99.3 degrees, 1:30 p.m.

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    A look at some of the higher temperatures so far on this Monday, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network: Warmest Maximum Temperatures 1 – Altus 99.3F 1:30 pm 2 – Cheyenne 97.3F 1:00 pm 3 – Mangum 97.0F 1:30 pm 4 – Hollis 96.9F 1:30 pm 5 – Tipton 96.5F 1:30 pm 6 – Butler 96.5F 1:15 pm 7 – Erick 96.3F 12:50 pm 8 – Grandfield 96.0F 1:30 pm 9 – Camargo 95.2F 1:30 pm 10 – Fairview 94.8F 12:45 pm 11 – Putnam 94.7F 1:30 pm 12 – Watonga 94.6F 1:25 pm 13 – Marshall 94.5F 1:30 pm 14 – Lahoma 94.4F 1:25 pm 15 – Hobart 94.1F 1:20 pm   A look at some of the higher wind gust within the last hour, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network: As of 1:19 pm CDT, May 5, 2014, there have been 2 Wind Gusts of 35 mph or more in the last 1 hour.

  • Fire Danger High Across Oklahoma - Update from Oklahoma Forestry Services

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

      Source: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Wildfires occurred across Oklahoma yesterday and officials with Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, are urging Oklahomans to be very cautious today with any outdoor activity that could spark additional blazes.

  • Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Update: Wildfire information

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    WILDFIRES IMPACTING STATE   The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to work with our partners at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division to assist local firefighters with this wildfire outbreak.

  • Very High Wildfire Danger

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman: “Warm/hot and very dry weather will continue through midweek.

  • Gary McManus on very hot, very dry conditions

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, May 5, 2014

      Oklahoma is burning, both literally and figuratively, as a combination of drought, record heat, high winds and low relative humidity created the perfect wildfire conditions yesterday.