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


  • Hundreds gather in Oklahoma City to pray, protest 'black mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, spiritual leader for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, shared the reason for the afternoon gathering — a war being waged against the devil.

  • 'Black mass' draws half the expected crowd, proceeds despite protests

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    About half the people who bought tickets for a satanic group’s “black mass” showed up for the event Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Even so, the group’s leader Adam Daniels said he was pleased with the outcome — calling it a victory because “we got it done.” As hundreds of people outside the venue chanted prayers and sang songs of Christian faith, Daniels and a group of about five people with his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, acknowledged Satan as their ruler in a parody of a Catholic Eucharistic Mass. “I proclaim that Satan, Lucifer rules the Earth,” Daniels said during the black mass.

  • Oklahoma Catholics reflect on warrior archangel as 'black mass' looms

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    St. Michael the Archangel is the focus of a prayer that is being said during Mass in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counter an organization’s plans for a satanic “black mass.” Several local Catholic priests said the prayer is fitting as metro-area and state Catholics continue their prayer campaign against the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate’s black mass event set for Sunday .

  • News sounds of the High Holy Days emerge in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Linda Sweenie, the multitalented new zemer or music director at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City, is preparing the congregation for a musical High Holy Days.

  • Oklahoma City archbishop worries showdown over satanic 'black mass' may loom

    By Carla Hinton and William Crum, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    At least three individuals and groups have requested permits to protest outside Oklahoma City’s Civic Center, 201 N Walker, where a satanic “black mass” is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, who filed a successful lawsuit to retrieve a consecrated Eucharist host to keep the satanist group from using it, said he won’t attend the black mass.

  • 'Coping with vision loss' seminar is set at New Hope United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    A seminar called ‘Coping with Vision Loss’ for individuals who are blind or losing their sight is set for Saturday at New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N Council Road.

  • Fairgoers at the Oklahoma State Fair experience frontier-themed entertainment

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair experience a variety of frontier-themed entertainment and interactive activities at the Centennial Frontier Experience area.

  • Prayer campaign continues against sold-out satanic 'black mass' in Oklahoma City

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    A “black mass” event planned in Oklahoma City by satanists continues to draw widespread attention, and the Satanist group’s leader said he’s happy with the controversial venture.

  • Cooking on the prairie

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    New cookbook blends “Little House” nostalgia with actress’s recipes.

  • 1Day Ranch Big Build: Matt and his dog Molly

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Everyone I met during the New York Says Thank You barn raising project at 1 Day Ranch had their own unique story to tell. I told my editors that I could have written enough to fill the paper with their stories — all of them inspirational. Just the fact that most of the volunteers helping to […]

  • 1 Day Ranch Big Build: It's a small world after all

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Working on my stories about the New York Says Thank You  Foundation’s community barn raising event in Bethel Acres has  resulted in a few  surprises for me, all of them pleasant. One surprise was learning that I have known of 1 Day Ranch founder Maeghan Hadley’s love for animals for a long time … I just […]

  • Sowing seeds of hope: New York Says Thank You Big Build volunteers leave more than new barn in Oklahoma

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

    New York Says Thank You Big Build volunteers left more than a new barn in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Oklahoma City church to host free screening of Tulsa Race Riots documentary at Oklahoma History Center

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

    Northeast Church of Christ will host a free screening of the documentary “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” on Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center. The film explores U.S. hate crimes through the lens of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and the 2012 “Good Friday murders” in Tulsa.

  • 'Joyful' Oklahoma City priest of St. Joseph Old Cathedral will be missed, friends say

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The Rev. Bruce Natsuhara, an Oklahoma City priest who led St. Joseph Old Cathedral, a prominent downtown church, will be remembered for his joyful personality, friends said Wednesday. Natsuhara, a Los Angeles native, died Tuesday. He was 62.

  • Social justice groups join together to condemn Oklahoma lawmaker's anti-Muslim comments

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Several social justice groups joined together Wednesday to denounce anti-Muslim comments made by an Oklahoma legislator — and the leader of one advocacy organization called for the lawmaker’s immediate resignation. However, state Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, said he has no intention of resigning.

  • Fairgoers save big by preparing ahead

    By CARLA HINTON
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Fair has a bevy of discounts and promotions for budget-savvy fairgoers, particularly those that plan ahead.

  • Big build weekend: Disaster survivors unite to build new barn for Oklahoma animal rescue group

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Men and women who have experienced disasters — ranging from tornadoes and floods to hurricanes and wildfires — converged on the 1 Day Ranch animal rescue facility Friday to build a new barn to replace one that was damaged in May 2013 by a tornado that pummeled a path through the community of Bethel Acres near Shawnee, Oklahoma.

  • United Way announces 2014 campaign goal at annual pancake breakfast in Bricktown

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2014 community campaign with pancake breakfast on Friday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. A fund-raising goal of 21.5 million was announced at the event.

  • Muslim advocacy group seeks apology from Oklahoma lawmaker for Facebook post

    BY RICK GREEN AND CARLA HINTON, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is requesting state Rep. John Bennett apologize for a Facebook post saying people should be wary of those who say they are “Muslim American.”

  • Edmond cancer survivor returns to Central America for victory run

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Mike Wall, a longtime ministry leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, ran 50 miles in Nicaragua — in celebration of his victory over skin cancer and to raise awareness about the deadly disease.




Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 25 2014 01:08:07 PM CST @EDGODFREY Hey it was funny! We were scared to death at first thinking it was the prelude to a home invasion! Loved the treats!
Carla Hinton Tue, Dec. 23 2014 09:46:29 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Now I don't know what to write. lol
Carla Hinton Tue, Dec. 23 2014 09:24:06 PM CST Oh my! Wow! Switch on the picks Thunder. ... wow!
Carla Hinton Tue, Dec. 23 2014 08:53:03 PM CST Go Action Jackson! #THUNDERUP
Carla Hinton Tue, Dec. 23 2014 08:36:17 PM CST OK Ibaka makes his three so can he get back to protecting the basket now, rebounding etc? #please #Thunderup
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:52:55 PM CST RT @ScottWilliams: Jesus praying #KD's injury isn't serious and that he recuperates quickly during halftime, allow him to continue to compe…
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:47:38 PM CST OK I really don't want to see KD get hurt. Noooo! #Nightmareround2?
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:46:22 PM CST Roberson for 3!
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:45:37 PM CST I don't want to see Steph Curry get hurt. ...
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:43:49 PM CST RT @NotBillWalton: Obviously when Steph Curry shoots he activates magnets in the ball that are attracted to magnets in the rim. There is no…
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:18:35 PM CST And I think we got us a game ... #ThunderVsWarriors
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:06:12 PM CST Curry is one of my favorite players so I'm sort of torn. Love to see him get going but that won't be good for the Thunder ...
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:00:46 PM CST RT @JoelEmbiid: Heat check for KD
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:57:51 PM CST Warriors might want to guard a dude named Kevin Durant ... if they want to stay in this game.
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:53:22 PM CST RT @johnsowers: People will hurt you, use you, insult you, slander you, disrespect you, backstab and betray you. Love anyway.
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:52:54 PM CST IBLOCKYA to the rescue. Serge is the man. #Thunderup!
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:47:28 PM CST Trying to stay awake to watch the OKC Thunder battle the Golden State Warriors. #Lovethegame
Carla Hinton Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:41:22 PM CST RT @AndyHarrison: Maybe if Christians were better hackers they could keep some of these stupid movies from making it to theaters. #notreall…
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