Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Oklahoma baby boomers: Del City woman works to raise awareness about mental illness after suffering personal tragedy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Jean Wood has facilitated Survivors of Suicide support group meetings, organized for friends and family members who have lost someone to suicide.

  • What's it like: To suffer from compulsive overeating

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., affecting an estimated 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men. The cause of binge eating remains unclear. It could be a mixture of factors, including genetics, psychological factors, a person’s social interactions and culture.

  • Share this with a creative high school student

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Like many high schools across Oklahoma, my school didn’t have a journalism class. So, when I was 17, I walked into my local newspaper’s office and asked for an internship. They didn’t have an internship program set up for high school students, but I basically just kept showing up, and they were kind enough to give […]

  • Oklahoma family struggles to find help for son with schizoaffective disorder

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Lori Penner sits at the plastic table in the corner of a Braum’s store, and at first, she seems nervous. She repeatedly breaks eye contact, looking out the window, again and again. It’s a warm Monday afternoon in September in northwest Oklahoma City. The ice cream store is near NW 39 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where panhandlers regularly hold cardboard signs, requesting money, work or just “Anything helps.” Coincidentally, on this particular Monday, Penner’s son is among them, and she has spent the past half hour watching him. “He’s right there,” she says, looking at the tall thin man with a white T-shirt and gray pants. “He sees my car out there. He’s right there — that’s my son.

  • Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City resident Augusta Cox, 39, is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, a brain disorder she is successfully living with.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • After more than a year, Norman man works to recover from West Nile virus

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Doctors say Oklahoman Jason Wisdom shouldn’t have lived. And after he survived, they said he probably wouldn’t walk again. He has defied those claims, but he hasn’t done it alone, he said.

  • Smoke-free bars in Oklahoma? This group hopes to make it so

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that has no regulation on a state, county or city level, regarding smoking in bars. Public health officials say this is largely because of a state law that does not allow cities to pass stricter smoking laws than the state’s law. But a recent effort started in Oklahoma hopes […]

  • Expert visits Oklahoma to discuss future of health care reform

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely subside in the coming years, replaced by conversations at a state and federal level on how to improve the much-debated federal health care law, a policy expert told a crowd of policymakers and health leaders Monday.

  • High school students: Interested in journalism? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    This photo is of a group of incredibly talented young people from across the Oklahoma City metro — last year’s Newsroom 101 class. Newsroom 101 is The Oklahoman’s high school journalism program. Each year, from January to May, our students work to produce stories, photos, videos and more. Their work is published in The Oklahoman and in Hot Ink, […]

  • Some Oklahoma communities stop fluoridating water because of cost

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Over the past five years, a decreasing number of Oklahoma communities have fluoridated their water, largely due to cost, public health officials say.

  • What's it like? Electroconvulsive therapy

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    What’s it like? Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove takes a look at electroconvulsive therapy and its use as a treatment for certain mental health issues.

  • #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Meet Fred Clanton, an Oklahoman diagnosed with schizophrenia. Actually, Fred is a character in “Mental Hospital,” a film produced in 1953 that shows what life was like for patients in Oklahoma’s mental health institutions. From what I can gather, the film was produced by the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of damaging Ten Commandments monument struggles with mental illness, family says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Family and friends of Michael Tate Reed II remember him as a bright man with a strong faith. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to be a preacher, and maybe even a traveling televangelist. But over the past two years, his family has seen his mental health suffer, with a list of events leading up to the evening of Oct. 23 when he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

  • Ebola travel protocol created for Oklahoma County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Oklahoma County public health officials have put a protocol into place regarding how Oklahomans who travel to any of the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be monitored upon their return.

  • After more than four months, Oklahoma City VA reopens heart program

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Federal authorities grew concerned about the number of heart patients who died shortly after surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

  • What's it like: To have a planned home birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: When discussing whether to have a planned home birth, it’s important for families to research midwives or physicians they would like to use, interviewing prospective midwives to ensure they are comfortable with their levels of experience and practices.

  • Q&A: Physician assistants play important role in prescription drug addiction debate in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Dan McNeill, clinical professor at Oklahoma City University, is the president of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants. He answered a few questions about the organization’s efforts to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

  • Heart disease isn't decreasing as quickly in Oklahoma, compared to rest of nation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In the United States, heart disease mortality has decreased since the 1950s. However, these declines are not being seen in some Oklahoma counties.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 6:04 PM @ChristineFox25 Do you have a link to your story? I would be happy to share it.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:00 PM How OKC health providers are coming together to provide better care for uninsured: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:45 PM RT @knucklebot: @jaclyncosgrove Hi. COSGROVE fits across the knuckles. Hope you're terrific. Also, TERRIFIC fits across the knuckles as wel…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:56 PM @OCPDB11 I wonder how much that has fluctuated over the past 10 years or so.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:51:34 PM CST They're doing improv on #CauseForPaws. Want to see that live in OKC? Check out @okcimprov shows Dec. 5 and Dec. 6! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:33:02 PM CST How could Poppa Bear not touch your heart? I love that dog. #CauseForPaws
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:20:44 PM CST @dustin_hughes Exactly!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:20:36 PM CST @Mister_Sommer They're apparently less desirable. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:07:57 PM CST Maggie is proof that you should adopt black dogs. Glad #CauseforPaws is raising awareness about "Black Dog Syndrome." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 08:02:50 PM CST "Puppy vs. Dandelion" was robbed! #CauseForPaws
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 02:10:37 PM CST A Thanksgiving feast! Another delicious #Tofurky meal. I'm thankful for family and friends to share… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 09:47:50 AM CST @MadiLAlexander NPR is having a two-hour live Splendid Table for this very reason. Lynne can help you out ;)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 27 2014 07:01:12 AM CST Our fractured mental health system: "We turn people away every day who need help because they aren't ill enough" LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 06:54:55 PM CST Tree antlers. #outside #trees #nature_shooters #nature #outdoors #Tennessee @ Burgess Falls State Park LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 06:45:06 PM CST RT @Ad2OKC: Help us support @NAMIOK by taking this brief online survey about mental health in #Oklahoma: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 04:22:10 PM CST Today's adventure with @Tiffanyg89. We went to Burgess Falls, which was incredible. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 04:01:10 PM CST Remember the guy who ran into the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol? Here's what the headlines didn't tell you LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 11:35:12 AM CST This guy was healthy, losing weight and mountain biking -- and then a mosquito bit him, and he almost died LINK #WestNile
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:27:17 AM CST Maggie isn't into writing in the early mornings. Not even a little bit. LINK