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

  • Oklahoma's Southern Baptists to gather for annual meeting

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Prayer will be a primary focus of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s annual meeting set for Monday and Tuesday at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Filmmaker discusses Civil Rights documentary, activist father

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    The director of a new documentary about the Civil Rights movement in Oklahoma City is preparing to screen the film for local audiences.

  • Methodist bishops gather in Oklahoma City for 'Act of Repentance' regarding indigenous people

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    A group of United Methodist bishops from around the globe joined together Thursday for an “Act of Repentance” event aimed at acknowledging the harm done to indigenous people by the Church.

  • Oklahoma City Salvation Army dedicates new Center of Hope

    By Carla Hinton, Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    With prayers, hymns and a few tears of gratitude, the new $15 million Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope was dedicated Thursday during a special ceremony in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma missionaries go back to Africa

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Edmond, Oklahoma, missionaries Jerome and Shanna Crawford are planning to return to Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone to share food, medicine and the message of Christ.

  • Surrounded by "soul" food

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would get my fill of food covering the religion beat. I’m always surrounded by food and interesting cuisine. I can still remember my first Passover Seder, a meal in which the food helps tell the Exodus story (thank you again, Ann Dee Lee!). Then there […]

  • UM Bishops' panel draws criticism for excluding gays

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    One of the more high profile sessions of the United Methodist Council of Bishops was held Saturday  morning in Oklahoma City in a closed-to-the-public discussion about the way gays are treated within the United Methodist denomination. The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force was held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in […]

  • 'Beardless one' from 'Duck Dynasty' talks about shaving and the show

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    He’s known as the “beardless one” in a family of bearded men and he’s OK with that. I’m talking about the Rev. Al Robertson, the oldest son of the Robertson family made famous by the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”  Al Robertson (pictured)  told me in a recent interview about how he teamed up […]

  • Faith and Family: New Bible highlights 'Duck Dynasty' clan's core values

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Rev. Al Robertson, “the beardless one” among the stars of the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” has teamed up with his father and Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson to offer “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible.”

  • ORU students are treating homeless this Halloween

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    TULSA — It’s Halloween and numerous Oral Roberts University students have already decided they will “treat” instead of “trick.” Turns out, they are treating the homeless as part of ORU Outreach’s fall outreach event. Instead of the usual trick-or-treating for candy, students plan to go door-to-door to collect canned goods to feed the homeless. All the […]

  • Lifetime TV to offer special on women in the Bible

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The same duo that brought to the small screen the hit series “The Bible” and  the feature film “Son of God” to the big screen is now offering a two-hour special called “The Women in the Bible.” The cable channel Lifetime just announced news that it has ordered the special from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett […]

  • Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, speaks at luncheon forum

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Wonder what role the news media serves? The press shines the light on injustice, among other things, Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor of The Oklahoman, said at an interfaith luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Turkish Raindrop House, 4444 N Classen. Fry  made her  presentation “Newspapers and Freedom of the Press” at a luncheon forum hosted […]

  • Movie review: "Meet the Mormons"

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    I didn’t know what to expect from the documentary “Meet the Mormons” when I was invited to a recent VIP screening of the film here in Oklahoma City. Members of the metro area stakes (a stake in the Mormon church is akin to a Roman Catholic or Episcopal diocese in terms of a congregations within […]

  • Lighting the night

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The Hindu Temple of Oklahoma City recently celebrated Diwali with ceremonies, food and fireworks

  • Pop-ular enterprise: Youths' bustling popcorn business snags award

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Edmond teens Sharahya and Aaliya Dejear and their two younger siblings recently competed at the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference and won a $2,700 grant and the title “Entrepreneur of the Year” for their gourmet popcorn business called it’s POPular!

  • Familiar face takes the lead at Jesus House in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Michael Bateman, formerly outreach manager of the Jesus House, was recently chosen among scores of applicants to lead the homeless shelter in Oklahoma City.

  • Friends and family vow to keep Oklahoma homeless advocate's dream alive

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Friends and family of Lisa Miller-Baldwin, founder of the Wonderfully Made Foundation and the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference, said they will work to keep her Oklahoma foundation thriving in the aftermath of her recent death in a car wreck.

  • Oklahoma interfaith community moves into second year of Beyond Coexistence initiative

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma has moved into the second year of the group’s “Beyond Coexistence” initiative with plans to tackle domestic violence, sponsor another round of interfaith dinners and collaborate for two health summits.

  • Bethel Acres ranch owner seeks help to complete Oklahoma ranch rescue

    BY CARLA HINTON, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the country converged on Meaghan Hadley’s 1 Day Ranch about six weeks ago to build a new barn for her animal rescue organization in Bethel Acres. The New-York-based New York Says Thank You Foundation held a Big Build, and was nearly able to complete the barn on the last day of the effort, Sept. 6, when a deluge of rain prevented the project’s completion.

  • Former Operation Christmas Child recipient shares how the international ministry changed her life

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Izabella McMillon, a former recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox recently visited Norman’s Trinity Baptist Church to share her testimony of how the international ministry effected her life in Romania.

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Carla Hinton Tue, Feb. 24 2015 05:53:34 PM CST We're getting ready for the Mental Health & Faith forum @Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Join us! #faithOK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 06:58:13 PM CST More on the book "Visits to Heaven: Are They Real?": Carla HintonMore than a few readers reached out to me thi... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 03:55:11 PM CST RT @HuffPostRelig: The United Methodist Church is pushing a new campaign on community health. LINK @unitedmethodist @GBOD…
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 23 2015 03:39:23 PM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: .@OKRelig and I are excited to host "Mental Health and Faith: A Community Dialogue" tomorrow at 6:30 at @crossingsokc h…
Carla Hinton Sun, Feb. 22 2015 07:50:07 PM CST @sarahcphipps @NewsOKPhoto Great photo!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:56:05 PM CST @annewilson Thank you for asking!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:55:47 PM CST @annewilson Yes it did hurt but i just kept going. Finger bandaged now and kids insisted I keep putting ice on my face. A fine Sat nite!
Carla Hinton Sat, Feb. 21 2015 07:30:35 PM CST So I fell on the treadmill @ the gym trying to retrieve something. Goofy. I finished the workout despite a swollen face & finger.#Motivated
Carla Hinton Wed, Feb. 18 2015 02:14:18 PM CST What's that on your forehead? It's Ash Wednesday: Carla HintonIt’s Ash Wednesday and chances are, someone you ... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Feb. 17 2015 06:02:15 PM CST Intersection of faith and mental health: Carla HintonIn a week, The Oklahoman and Crossings Community Church w... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:43:41 PM CST @HeatherHopeTV I agree! I just happened to catch it.
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:40:19 PM CST OK I'm about to get loud and irritate my family ... Stevie is singing my song. This is fun on a Monday night. #TVgroovin
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:35:03 PM CST @HeatherHopeTV @CBS She had a beautiful voice didn't she? That was just great.
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 09:33:55 PM CST I probably cried as much as Stevie Wonder probably did when his daughter serenaded him with the song he wrote for her. That was precious!
Carla Hinton Mon, Feb. 16 2015 08:53:11 PM CST Strolling back down memory lane watching the tribute to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. I grew up singing those songs. #Goodmusic