Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • Families invited to visit St. Nick's Shoppe in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Families in need get an opportunity to choose gift and household items at the new St. Nick’s Shoppe, a program sponsored by Catholic Charities, an affiliate of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

  • Q&A: Royal Caribbean's CIO Bill Martin

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Bill Martin, Royal Caribbean’s chief information office, talks about the cruise line’s new “smart ship,” Quantum of the Seas.

  • New “smart ship” designed to enhance cruise vacation

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Quantum of the Seas, the new “smart ship” recently unveiled by Royal Caribbean, is designed to enhance cruise vacationing

  • Lights for Hanukkah nights fill Oklahoma City woman's home

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Sherry Barton has many menorahs to choose from as she prepares to light up the nights of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that begins at sundown Tuesday.

  • Movie review: "Exodus" is entertaining, though not all biblical

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    I’ve got to hand it to director Ridley Scott, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is pretty entertaining. And that’s how moviegoers should view it — purely for its entertainment value — because it is only loosely based on the biblical account of the Hebrew exodus as told in the Book of Exodus. Oh sure, there’s Moses […]

  • Ferguson, Mo., minister tells Oklahoma audience interracial unity exists in his city, though unreported

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Conley Gibbs Jr., minister of Ferguson Heights Church of Christ in Missouri, recently spoke at Oklahoma Christian University.

  • Oklahoma City theologian explains 'change of heart' in new memoir

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma native Thomas Oden, a noted religious scholar and author, explains the journey to his spiritual ‘change of heart’ in a new memoir.

  • Mustang Schools still plans Bible class, but not with controversial Green scholars' curriculum

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The Mustang School District will offer a Bible elective — it just won’t be one created by scholars affiliated with the Green family of Hobby Lobby, the district’s superintendent has confirmed.

  • Oklahoma stained glass windows receive day in the sun

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A local magazine’s latest edition features the beautiful stained glass windows that add another dimension to the artistry found in buildings around the state. M.J. Alexander’s piece called “Reflections on Oklahoma’s Stained Glass Windows” in Slice magazine includes pictures and information on the stained glass windows to be found in places like Raley Chapel at […]

  • No need for 'freeze alert'

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Retail stores hawking children’s toys are basking in the frigid, snowy wonderland that is all things “Frozen.” Toys and gift items related to the hit animated Disney film are a veritable juggernaut this Christmas. The odds are favorable that “Frozen” dolls, games, stuffed toys — and everything in between (Band-Aids, watches, etc.) — are on the Christmas wish list of a little person on most shoppers’ lists. And it’s not just girls whose eyes are iced over for “Frozen.” Olaf, the talking snowman with the warm personality, is a favorite of boys, too, and he’s out there in toy land in the form of talking stuffed dolls, pajamas, games and almost anything one can find featuring Elsa and Anna, the

  • Sister Rosemary to be featured Sunday in 'Women of the Bible' TV special

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the Ugandan nun with Oklahoma ties, will be featured in actress Roma Downey’s “Women of The Bible” special  Sunday, Dec. 7 on the Lifetime cable channel. The Lifetime network said the special “provides a fresh look at the sacred text from the perspective of its heroines. Revealing little known insights about some of the most impactful women in biblical history. The special will weave biblical stories with commentary from some of today’s most impactful leading ladies and scholars from the faith community.” Nyirumbe will join a stellar line up that includes leaders in the faith community such as Kay Warren, Joyce Meyer, Victoria Osteen, and Christine

  • Roses for Our Lady: Oklahoma Catholics prepare to observe popular tradition

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In a tradition popular among the Hispanic faithful, Oklahoma Catholics prepare to pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe through early morning church services, dancing, singing and lots of roses and other flowers.

  • Be an angel, help a Salvation Army 'angel'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Metro area residents have a few more days to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

  • Edmond couple return from West African country ravaged by Ebola

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Jerome and Shanna Crawford, of Edmond, have returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa, where they spent three weeks offering food, clothing and the gospel to people reeling from the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak.

  • Merry Mitzvah: Jewish group fills Christmas stockings with gifts for good causes

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City is filling 500 Christmas stockings to be distributed through Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s annual “Operation Reindeer” project. As part of that project, the Christmas stockings will be distributed to people coping with mental illness and homelessness across Oklahoma.

  • Church hosts 'Top Chef' style contest to raise funds, awareness of Oklahoma City food pantry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    A trio of chefs recently participated in a “Top Chef” competition at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to raise awareness and donations for a local food pantry.

  • Oklahoma baby boomers: Churches say older members have urge to serve

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Senior adults that make up the aging baby boomer population are still serving community.

  • 'Virtuous circle': mix of ministry and business works for Mardel

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    John Nardini, president of Oklahoma City-based Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, said the company considers itself both a ministry and a business, creating a ‘virtuous circle’ in which the company and community benefit.

  • Oklahoma leaders celebrate Bible by holding public Scripture reading

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    The Beatitudes, the “love chapter” from 1 Corinthians and other familiar passages of Scripture could be heard throughout the hallways of the state Capitol on Monday as several Oklahoma leaders helped celebrate the National Bible Association’s International Day of the Bible.

  • Edmond student wins Bible association's scholarship contest

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    An Edmond student received a $1,000 college scholarship from the National Bible Association for art work he submitted for the association’s recent essay and art contest.




Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 17 2014 01:48:34 PM CST Save me from the cynical! Yikes! #NeededToVent
Carla Hinton Sun, Dec. 14 2014 04:38:37 PM CST Just saw the most beautiful rainbow! LINK
Carla Hinton Sat, Dec. 13 2014 06:03:27 AM CST Movie review: "Exodus" is entertaining, though not all biblical: Carla HintonI’ve got to hand it to director R... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Dec. 12 2014 10:09:24 AM CST I'm working on a list of the top religion stories in oklahoma for 2014. Send me your top pick along with why you chose it & I may include it
Carla Hinton Mon, Dec. 08 2014 11:24:52 AM CST Oklahoma stained glass windows receive day in the sun: Carla HintonA local magazine’s latest edition features ... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Dec. 08 2014 08:34:42 AM CST RT @drmoore: Our friends at the great Oklahoma Baptist University are in court today, arguing for their religious liberty against the HHS m…
Carla Hinton Sat, Dec. 06 2014 12:09:09 PM CST Sister Rosemary to be featured Sunday in 'Women of the Bible' TV special: By Carla Hinton, Religion EditorSist... LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Dec. 05 2014 04:52:11 PM CST RT @JesusHouseOKC: Share this to help Jesus House collect winter items such as blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, hats, coats, socks... http:…
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 01:42:32 PM CST The visiting members of the Robertson family are trying to accommodate everyone in line for a signed book here at Mardel.
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 01:23:41 PM CST 7 more minutes to go and folks are still coming to the book signing featuring Duck Dynasty stars Al Robertson, his wife Lisa and Miss Kay.
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 12:59:17 PM CST Beard sighting!! The Rev. Al Robertson, known as "the beardless one" on Duck Dynasty, is actually sporting a short beard here at Mardel.
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 12:56:10 PM CST @bobbyross Will do!
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 12:45:02 PM CST Line wrapped around the Mardel store for stars of Duck Dynasty to sign their book... and the Chick Fil-A- cow is here too.
Carla Hinton Wed, Dec. 03 2014 12:41:50 PM CST I'm here at the Mardel on Northwest Expressway watching as stars from Duck Dynasty sign copies of the Faith&Fam Bible LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Nov. 24 2014 12:02:54 PM CST I am at the Intl Day of the Bible Scripture reading event at the State Capital.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 09:45:02 PM CST @James_Stafford I suppose so Jim!
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:40:46 PM CST Not rocket science: Shooters in, everybody else out. Didn't have to lose this one Thunder.
Carla Hinton Sun, Nov. 23 2014 08:37:58 PM CST A ooooo we need a 3 and we give the ball to Roberson? #WarriorsDreamComeTrue
Carla Hinton Sat, Nov. 22 2014 02:38:51 PM CST RT @HopeChestOKC: hopechestokc's photo LINK
Carla Hinton Wed, Nov. 19 2014 04:47:16 PM CST Magi-themed postal stamp for the holidays: Carla HintonThe U.S. Postal Service has issued a Christmas Magi Lim... LINK