Steve Lackmeyer
Business Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (now home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’s history, "OKC Second Time Around," Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.

Steve's OKC Central Today at 11:19 PM RT @DowntownOKC: Dang excited for @okcPopUps opening tomorrow in @midtown_okc. Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. This week's shops: https:/
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:43 PM RT @jpalmerOKC: Even Target crowds are slow and calm. These are the first shoppers in the door
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:43 PM RT @CityLab: The pretty little libraries of Indianapolis
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:42 PM RT @jonfisher: Thanksgiving selfie.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:39 PM RT @jpalmerOKC: Settling in at Starbucks to dry out a bit and write my story for #theoklahoman #BlackFriday
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:12 PM RT @FowlerVW: We've got an early Christmas present for you! @NathanPoppe with track debut! #blackwatchfriday
Steve's OKC Central Today at 6:11 PM RT @Ch4BrickTamland: How I look after eating thanksgiving dinner. #happythanksgiving
Steve's OKC Central Today at 5:55 PM RT @emilyrsutton: Model at 7AM: freezing rain inching closer to the west Metro. Heavy rain continues for central & eastern OK. 5:19pm https
Steve's OKC Central Today at 5:53 PM RT @DeluxeOK: There will be a free shuttle going between @DeluxeMarketOKC and @okcPopUps this weekend because @DowntownOKC is awesome. Than…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 5:52 PM RT @NathanPoppe: I've got a Black Friday surprise for y'all tomorrow with a @fowlerauto flavor. Get ready for a fun…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 2:47 PM Yeah, I found that an odd ad as well.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 1:56 PM RT @Adam_WK: Spent some time w/ the people @piejunkieokc to see what goes into making all those Thanksgiving pies.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 1:38 PM Which popular Twitter "ironic troll" is among those making OKC a better place to live? Find out in @theoklahoman
Steve's OKC Central Today at 1:36 PM In today's issue of @theoklahoman you can read extensive accounts of people throughout the community making a difference #morethanads
Steve's OKC Central Today at 1:18 PM RT @DustinAkers: Art is an essential component of community character. It can be found in even the most creative details.…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:52 PM RT @MyJRNY: I love seeing @jackfowlerart in unexpected places. ❤️
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:51 PM RT @DevonIceRinkOKC: Yep... Devon Ice Rink will not be opening at 1pm today. Boooo! #okwx
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:51 PM RT @TylerBHolmes: I am thankful for the people of Stillwater and @okstate! They always step up and keep giving back to those in need. https
Steve's OKC Central Today at 12:50 PM RT @emilyrsutton: Heavy rain is moving across the state. There's ponding all over the Metro. Be safe traveling! 12:19pm @kfor #okwx https:/