Why was CapitolBeatOK established?
In the mid-1990s, nearly 1,000 reporters covered state Capitols across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By 2009, Capitol press corps numbers had shrunk to around 300 reporters in all. In Oklahoma, falling advertising revenue and paid subscriptions led publishers of many newspapers to reduce staff, causing cutbacks in both statehouse and investigative reporting. CapitolBeatOK exists to inform citizens in Oklahoma about the workings of the government they finance through taxes, with a focus on waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer resources. CapitolBeatOK provides another set of “eyes” focused on government, providing fair, dependable, accurate and credible information.

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