Oklahoma Voice provides original, objective reporting examining the intersection of policy, impact and power. We deliver unflinching, nonpartisan coverage of how Oklahomans are affected by the decisions made in our state capital and beyond. A nonprofit, independent news outlet, our content will always be free.

Our name is a nod to the state’s robust history of oral storytelling and our mission to elevate the voices of Oklahomans too often sidelined by the political process.

You’ll never hit a paywall on our site, and you won’t find advertisements either.

We aim to give more Oklahomans the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas. Oklahoma Voice also features an opinion section with thoughtful commentary. Read our submission guidelines here.

We welcome story ideas, pitches and columns. Send those to Editor Janelle Stecklein [email protected] 

Our content should be factual, so if you see an error, let us know by emailing [email protected]. We’re also always willing to discuss nuance and context.

Oklahoma Voice is an affiliate of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and donations. The Voice retains full editorial independence.

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Janelle Stecklein


Janelle Stecklein has been covering Oklahoma government since 2014 as CNHI’s Capitol bureau chief. Since graduating from college with degrees in journalism and political science, she has worked for publications of all sizes, including the Herald-Banner in Greenville, Texas, the Amarillo Globe-News and The Salt Lake Tribune. Stecklein is particularly interested in examining how government policy decisions impact Oklahomans living outside the state’s two largest cities. She resides in the Oklahoma City area with her husband and two children.

Carmen Forman


Carmen Forman is a reporter in Oklahoma City. She has covered government and politics for more than nine years across three states. Despite being born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and graduating from the University of Oklahoma, her college football knowledge is surprisingly limited. Before moving back to her home state, Forman covered Virginia politics in the Blue Ridge Mountains for The Roanoke Times and worked for The Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. She also previously covered the state capital for The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World. Forman and her husband have two rambunctious Australian cattle dogs, Quigley and Lemmy.

Mindy Ragan Wood


Mindy Ragan Wood began her career in 2005 and has worked in both rural communities and the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Her experience encompasses reporting on city and county government, with an emphasis in fiscal policy and infrastructure.

Nuria Martinez-Keel


Nuria Martinez-Keel is an education reporter based in Oklahoma City. She grew up in Tulsa and got her start in journalism at Oklahoma State University and its student newspaper, the O'Colly. She landed her first full-time newspaper job as the city reporter at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia, Missouri. Nuria returned to her home state in 2019 to join The Oklahoman, where she had interned twice as a college student. After four months covering courts, she found her wheelhouse on the education beat, where she remains today at Oklahoma Voice.