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When you look into most news stories, you find people who achieve or struggle or endure. And at News 9, we have the privilege of meeting some of the most amazing, inspiring people as we report our stories. People who make Oklahoma a special place. A place we are proud to share with the world.

Our ties to Oklahoma run deep. KWTV is one of the few local TV news stations left in the country still family owned, not run by a large media conglomerate. Everyone in our company lives in Oklahoma. Everyone in our company has a stake in what happens here. Everyone in our company knows that it’s the people who make Oklahoma worth calling home, worth working and fighting for. We believe in Oklahoma.

Here are a few amazing, inspiring people who make us proud to be Oklahoma’s Own, News 9. Maybe their stories will remind you of people you know.

Read more about the Bobo Family Bobo Family

Bobo Family

The world seems to shatter when a mother hears her child is sick. That’s what happened when Niki Bobo learned that her three year old daughter has leukemia.

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Read more about Natalee and Shawn Cross, Ruby Natalee & Shawn Cross, Rudy

Natalee & Shawn Cross, Rudy

They say it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. That’s what Natalee and Shawn Cross do as they save neglected, abused - and some consider insignificant - lives.

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Read more about Brandi Dees Brandi Dees

Brandi Dees

Bitterness and anger could have consumed Brandi Dees’ life. She had a right to be angry. Her husband, Trooper Nicholas Dees, was killed by someone who was texting while driving.

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Read more about Sylvester Franklin Sylvester Franklin

Sylvester Franklin

Not long after fighting in World War II, Sylvester Franklin began teaching in the town of Haskell. For 65 years he helped educate the children of his community.

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Read more about Chris Lilly Chris Lilly

Chris Lilly

Tulsa’s Fox Hotel is one of the city’s oldest buildings—built a century ago—now faded, with bricked up windows. Where some saw tired, outdated structures, architect Chris Lilly saw what they could become.

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Read more about the Oliver family Susan Oliver and Family

Susan Oliver and Family

Susan Oliver and her husband, Dean, live a busy life. Parents of seven children, he works in medicine and she works full-time for the Department of Human Services.

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Learn more about Meiki Parker Meiki Parker

Meiki Parker

Meiki Parker has always rooted for the underdog. And a couple of years ago she had the chance to make a difference when she discovered and rescued two abandoned dogs.

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Read more about Katie Prior Katie Prior

Katie Prior

Fifteen year old Katie Prior wouldn’t hear of it. When the Oklahoma City teen learned that there’s no one to play taps in person at most veterans’ funerals, she decided to do something about it.

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Read more about Sarah Rodriguez Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez

Years ago, Sarah and her husband Joel struggled with infertility. The couple finally welcomed a son through in vitro fertilization. But when Milo was one, cancer took his father’s life.

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Read more about Scott Sabolich Sarah Rodriguez

Scott Sabolich

It started in 1947 in Oklahoma City. A family began a business to help people who had suffered the loss of a limb. That business grew and its impact spread around the world.

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Read more about Ryan Scroggin Ryan Scroggin

Ryan Scroggin

Having battled a rare disorder her whole life, six-year-old Ryan Scroggin certainly deserved a big gift for her birthday. But instead of thinking about herself, she could think only of others.

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Read more about Almead Stutts Almead Stutts

Almead Stutts

When she opened Stutts House of Barbeque in 1992, Almead Stutts wanted to share her grandmother’s Mississippi home cooking. Over the years, her business, like most, has had its ups and downs.

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Read more about Oklahoma Teachers Teachers

Teachers

They help to shape the future of our state. They dedicate their lives to quietly making a difference. They don’t get rich and they work tirelessly.

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Read more on Titus and Tobias Titus & Tobias

Titus & Tobias

It started with a letter. A ten year old boy hoped to find a way to borrow a jogging stroller. That request introduced us to a beautiful example of brotherly love that brought tears.

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  • Bobo Family

    Bobo Family

    The world seems to shatter when a mother hears her child is sick.  That’s what happened when Niki Bobo learned that her three year old daughter has leukemia.

    More >>

    The world seems to shatter when a mother hears her child is sick.  That’s what happened when Niki Bobo learned that her three year old daughter has leukemia.

    More >>
  • Natalee & Shawn Cross, Rudy

    Natalee & Shawn Cross, Rudy

    They say it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. That’s what Natalee and Shawn Cross do as they save neglected, abused - and some consider insignificant - lives. Shawn and Natalee rescue horses. More >>

    They say it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. That’s what Natalee and Shawn Cross do as they save neglected, abused - and some consider insignificant - lives. Shawn and Natalee rescue horses.

    More >>
  • Brandi Dees

    Brandi Dees

    Bitterness and anger could have consumed Brandi Dees’ life.  She had a right to be angry. Her husband, Trooper Nicholas Dees, was killed by someone who was texting while driving.

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    Bitterness and anger could have consumed Brandi Dees’ life.  She had a right to be angry. Her husband, Trooper Nicholas Dees, was killed by someone who was texting while driving.

    More >>
  • Sylvester Franklin

    Sylvester Franklin

    Not long after fighting in World War II, Sylvester Franklin began teaching in the town of Haskell. For 65 years he helped educate the children of his community. He inspired kids to reach for a brighter future. He helped them to know they were valued. Mr. Franklin retired from teaching full-time recently - at the age of 90. ... More >>

    Not long after fighting in World War II, Sylvester Franklin began teaching in the town of Haskell. For 65 years he helped educate the children of his community. He inspired kids to reach for a brighter future. He helped them to know they were valued. Mr. Franklin retired from teaching full-time recently - at the age of 90. ...

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  • Chris Lilly

    Chris Lilly

    The Fox Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Tulsa—built a century ago. Its glory faded; its windows, bricked up. Nearby, the original Ford Model-T dealership languished as a warehouse. Where some saw tired, outdated structures, architect Chris Lilly saw what they could become. More >>

    The Fox Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Tulsa—built a century ago. Its glory faded; its windows, bricked up. Nearby, the original Ford Model-T dealership languished as a warehouse. Where some saw tired, outdated structures, architect Chris Lilly saw what they could become.

    More >>
  • Susan Oliver and Family

    Susan Oliver and Family

    Susan Oliver and her husband, Dean, live a busy life. Parents of seven children, he works in medicine and she works full-time for the Department of Human Services. You might think they’d be busy enough, but life took an unexpected turn. More >>

    Susan Oliver and her husband, Dean, live a busy life. Parents of seven children, he works in medicine and she works full-time for the Department of Human Services. You might think they’d be busy enough, but life took an unexpected turn.

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  • Meiki Parker

    Meiki Parker

    Meiki Parker has always rooted for the underdog. And a couple of years ago she had the chance to make a difference when she discovered and rescued two abandoned dogs. She was inspired to set out on her own journey to rescue and protect even more. More >>

    Meiki Parker has always rooted for the underdog. And a couple of years ago she had the chance to make a difference when she discovered and rescued two abandoned dogs. She was inspired to set out on her own journey to rescue and protect even more.

    More >>
  • Katie Prior

    Katie Prior

    Fifteen year old Katie Prior wouldn’t hear of it. When the Oklahoma City teen learned that there’s no one to play taps in person at most veterans’ funerals, she decided to do something about it. She founded the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps. More >>

    Fifteen year old Katie Prior wouldn’t hear of it. When the Oklahoma City teen learned that there’s no one to play taps in person at most veterans’ funerals, she decided to do something about it. She founded the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps.

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  • Sarah Rodriguez

    Sarah Rodriguez

    Sarah Rodriguez knows about struggles. Years ago, Sarah and her husband Joel struggled with infertility. The couple finally welcomed a son through in vitro fertilization. But when Milo was one, cancer took his father’s life. A second IVF procedure later gave Sarah a baby girl, Ellis. More >>

    Sarah Rodriguez knows about struggles. Years ago, Sarah and her husband Joel struggled with infertility. The couple finally welcomed a son through in vitro fertilization. But when Milo was one, cancer took his father’s life. A second IVF procedure later gave Sarah a baby girl, Ellis.

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  • Scott Sabolich

    Scott Sabolich

    It started in 1947 in Oklahoma City.  A family began a business to help people who had suffered the loss of a limb.  That business grew and its impact spread around the world. It is still part of the Sabolich family nearly 70 years later. 

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    It started in 1947 in Oklahoma City.  A family began a business to help people who had suffered the loss of a limb.  That business grew and its impact spread around the world. It is still part of the Sabolich family nearly 70 years later. 

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  • Ryan Scroggin

    Ryan Scroggin

    Having battled a rare disorder her whole life, six-year-old Ryan Scroggin certainly deserved a big gift for her birthday. But instead of thinking about herself, she could think only of others. She came up with simple plan that would help other kids going through similar situations. More >>

    Having battled a rare disorder her whole life, six-year-old Ryan Scroggin certainly deserved a big gift for her birthday. But instead of thinking about herself, she could think only of others. She came up with simple plan that would help other kids going through similar situations.

    More >>
  • Almead Stutts

    Almead Stutts

    When she opened Stutts House of Barbeque in 1992, Almead Stutts wanted to share her grandmother’s Mississippi home cooking. Over the years, her business, like most, has had its ups and downs. But even when times were tough, Stutts House of Barbeque has never stopped sharing with people in need. More >>

    When she opened Stutts House of Barbeque in 1992, Almead Stutts wanted to share her grandmother’s Mississippi home cooking. Over the years, her business, like most, has had its ups and downs. But even when times were tough, Stutts House of Barbeque has never stopped sharing with people in need.

    More >>
  • Teachers

    Teachers

    They help to shape the future of our state. They dedicate their lives to quietly making a difference. They don’t get rich and they work tirelessly. To us, teachers are real Oklahoma heroes. More >>

    They help to shape the future of our state. They dedicate their lives to quietly making a difference. They don’t get rich and they work tirelessly. To us, teachers are real Oklahoma heroes.

    More >>
  • Titus & Tobias

    Titus & Tobias

    It started with a letter, written to Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor. A ten year old boy hoped to find a way to borrow a jogging stroller. That request introduced us to a beautiful example of brotherly love that brought tears. More >>

    It started with a letter, written to Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor. A ten year old boy hoped to find a way to borrow a jogging stroller. That request introduced us to a beautiful example of brotherly love that brought tears.

    More >>

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