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Citizen 2020

This Oklahoma-specific programming is one component of a much larger national initiative entitled “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” Humanities Councils in 46 states, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands are participating in this collaborative project administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Citizen 2020

This Oklahoma-specific programming is one component of a much larger national initiative entitled “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” Humanities Councils in 46 states, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands are participating in this collaborative project administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ask a Journalist Virtual Town Halls

Every Thursday in October at 6:30pm

Join us as we explore the role the humanities and a free press play in a functioning democracy. Featuring expert humanities scholars and local journalists, these virtual town halls provide opportunities for citizens to engage in informed dialogue with the individuals bringing them their daily news.

Citizen 2020 - Coronavirus, Journalism and Elections Oct 1 event Oct 1

Virtual - Keith Gaddie, Paul Monies, & Catherine Sweeney

Coronavirus, journalism, and elections town hall

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Virtual - Graham Lee Brewer, & Bryan Pollard

Indigenous Media Town Hall

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Virtual - Jason Doyle, Emily Stacey, & Marty Peercy

Hyper-Local Journalism Town Hall

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Virtual - Yvette Walker and Dick Pryor

Media Literacy Town Hall


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Keith Gaddie, Paul Monies, & Catherine Sweeney

Keith Gaddie is President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Executive Faculty Fellow of the
University, and Senior Fellow of Headington College. Together with Kim Gaddie and Kirby Goidel of Texas A&M, he edits Social Science Quarterly. Keith is faculty in both the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture and the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Paul Monies has been a reporter for 15 years and was most recently an energy reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City. He’s also worked as a data journalist at USA Today and on the watchdog investigations team at The Oklahoman. Monies is a native of Scotland and has degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Catherine Sweeney grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University. She has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

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Indigenous Media

Graham Lee Brewer, Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, & Bryan Pollard

Graham Lee Brewer is an associate editor for Indigenous affairs at High Country News and a regular contributor to NPR and the New York Times. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton is a full-time freelance reporter based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her byline has appeared in publications ranging from the late, great Bigheart Times (the self-proclaimed only paper in the world "that gives a diddly") to The New York Times and just about everything in between circulation-wise. She is the current vice president of the NAJA and a past president of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the SPJ. When she is not chasing down leads, Krehbiel-Burton is usually chasing down her two children, her husband, her blue heeler or her cat who thinks he's a blue heeler.

Bryan Pollard is the associate director and former president at the Native American Journalists Association. He recently completed a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford, where he studied the value of an Indigenous free press and strategies for increasing press freedoms in Indian Country. Bryan is currently pursuing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking. He is a board member for High Country News and was instrumental in the development of its Indigenous Affairs desk. Prior to joining NAJA staff, he was the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix. The Phoenix was the first Native American newspaper originally published in 1828.

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Jason Doyle, Marty Peercy, & Emily Stacey

Jason Doyle is a proud native Oklahoman who grew up in the small town of Union City. It was an encounter with on-air radio personalities which led him to becoming involved with the media throughout his career. He started as an intern at Oklahoma City’s KJ-103 in the early 1990s eventually joining its top-rated morning show. He moved to Kansas City to entertain and inform audiences there in the mid-1990s. He returned home in 2002 and returned to the Oklahoma City airwaves at KTOK in 2003. Since then, Jason has been involved with local radio and television stations in various capacities, including political correspondent, business reporter, and content provider across the growing digital and social media platforms for those broadcast stations. He has worked for print and digital publications covering energy, business, politics, entertainment and popular culture. He even spent a couple of years as a public relations/marketing director and Chief Information Officer for a local software company.

Emily Stacey is a Political Science professor. She successfully completed her dissertation defense in November 2016, and formally graduated with her doctorate in July 2017 from Swansea University (Wales, UK). Emily’s dissertation research focuses on the necessity of bureaucratization in contemporary social movements, and Activism respectively.

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Yvette Walker & Dick Pryor

Yvette Walker is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Administration at Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her administrative duties, Walker supervises the Student Services office, teaches the Introduction to Media and Journalism Ethics class at Gaylord College and is a Diversity Liaison at OU. She is a director-at-large for the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. She has been a newspaper editor, a news ombudsman, a podcaster and has supervised online content management systems for two web sites. Walker has a Master’s degree in media management from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.

A native of Norman, Pryor earned a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. In 2015, he was chosen a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as an instructor of Mass Communication Law and Radio News. Pryor was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.

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