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


  • Have several ways to get Oklahoma severe weather information this weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist says

    BY BRYAN PAINTER, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    Rick Smith, an Oklahoma meteorologist with National Weather Service, is encouraging the public — including people attending events throughout the weekend — to closely monitor Oklahoma severe weather information

  • Oklahoma weather, updated look at weekend weather

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    The Hazardous Weather Outlook, issued by the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office reports: Thunderstorms… Severe thunderstorms are expected Saturday through at least late Sunday morning…as a large storm system approaches the Southern Plains.

  • Sunday morning's weather in Oklahoma City?

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    From Friday morning’s Area Forecast Discussion of the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Potential for severe weather will exist across the County Watch Area Saturday evening through early Sunday.

  • Oklahoma Weather, Detailed look at severe weather this weekend

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Looking ahead to the weekend, the Hazardous Weather Outlook reports: Thunderstorms… Severe thunderstorms are expected Saturday through at least late Sunday morning as a large storm system approaches the Southern Plains.

  • Oklahoma weather, tornadoes possible Saturday, Sunday

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Some light showers and maybe a few rumbles of thunder will affect parts of OK this morning.

  • Oklahoma weather, golf ball size hail reported

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    At 6:40 p.m., golf ball size hail was reported near Hollis in far southwestern Oklahoma.

  • What the National Weather Service is saying about today and the weekend ...

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: (For UPDATED National Weather Service, Norman information go to: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ ) This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of northern… western…central…and southern Oklahoma…and western north Texas.

  • Hail up to baseball size possible

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Initial thunderstorms will probably be supercells, capable of producing very large hail up to baseball size and wind gusts to 80 mph.

  • Tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday, according to National Weather Service, Norman

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

  • Golf ball or larger hail possible a few days this week - and a low tornado threat ...

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop near a dryline in western Oklahoma and north Texas Wednesday afternoon.

  • Severe storms possible Wednesday

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    As of 8:25 a.m. Monday, some of the rainfall totals recorded in the last 24 hours at Oklahoma Mesonet weather network locations include: Ketchum Ranch (located in Stephens County), 2.17 inches; Fittstown, 1.48; Fort Cobb, 1.27; Sulphur, 1.18; Centrahoma, 1.16; Apache, 1.12.

  • OKC Schools' human resource officer chooses to be inspirational

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: 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.