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When you look into most news stories, you find people who achieve or struggle or endure. And at News On 6, 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. KOTV 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 on 6. Maybe their stories will remind you of people you know.

Read more about Billy Brakhage Billy Brakhage

Billy Brakhage

Tucked away in a corner of downtown, a new mural pays homage to Tulsa’s past and future. Artist Billy Brakhage, who famously created the postcard-like “Greetings from Austin” mural in Texas, recently completed the Tulsa mural.

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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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Read more about the Owens Fire Department Owens Fire Department

Owens Fire Department

You might agree that firefighters are heroes, risking their lives to save others. Oklahoma has hundreds of fire departments run by volunteers, people who work other jobs in addition to battling fires.

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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 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 on Edity Shoals Edith Shoals

Edith Shoals

Edith Shoals never planned to be a community leader. Then her 18-year-old daughter, Lordette was shot to death while talking on the phone with her.

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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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  • Billy Brakhage

    Billy Brakhage

    Tucked away in a corner of downtown, a new mural pays homage to Tulsa’s past and future. Artist Billy Brakhage, who famously created the postcard-like “Greetings from Austin” mural in Texas, recently completed the Tulsa mural. More >>

    Tucked away in a corner of downtown, a new mural pays homage to Tulsa’s past and future. Artist Billy Brakhage, who famously created the postcard-like “Greetings from Austin” mural in Texas, recently completed the Tulsa mural.

    More >>
  • 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. Little Olivia started treatment, but one side effect of the treatment left her feeling different. Something any child struggles with. 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. Little Olivia started treatment, but one side effect of the treatment left her feeling different. Something any child struggles with.

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  • 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. And their worst call ever came in January, 2015. 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. And their worst call ever came in January, 2015.

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  • 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. “He was a normal person, a dad and a husband. He was our hero. We loved him.” More >>

    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. “He was a normal person, a dad and a husband. He was our hero. We loved him.”

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  • 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 fulltime 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 fulltime recently - at the age of 90.

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  • 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. 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 >>

     Tulsa’s Fox Hotel is one of the city’s oldest buildings—built a century ago—now faded, with bricked up windows. 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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  • Owens Fire Department

    Owens Fire Department

    You might agree that firefighters are heroes, risking their lives to save others. Oklahoma has hundreds of fire departments run by volunteers, people who work other jobs in addition to battling fires. These small departments often struggle to buy and maintain expensive equipment. More >>

    You might agree that firefighters are heroes, risking their lives to save others. Oklahoma has hundreds of fire departments run by volunteers, people who work other jobs in addition to battling fires. These small departments often struggle to buy and maintain expensive equipment.

    More >>
  • 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. Meiki decided to join others who dream of a safer world for the vulnerable. 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. Meiki decided to join others who dream of a safer world for the vulnerable.

    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.

    More >>
  • 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.

    More >>
  • 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.

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  • Edith Shoals

    Edith Shoals

    What makes Oklahoma special? We think it’s got to be the people. And we meet some amazing people in our stories. Here’s another example. TURN TRAGEDY AROUND. Edith Shoals never planned to be a community leader. Then her 18-year-old daughter, Lordette was shot to death while talking on the phone with her. Edith found that there was little support for the families of victims of violent crime.

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    Edith Shoals never planned to be a community leader. Then her 18-year-old daughter, Lordette was shot to death while talking on the phone with her. Edith found that there was little support for the families of victims of violent crime.

    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. 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. Tobias simply wanted to take his profoundly disabled brother outside, so Titus could be a little like other kids. More >>

    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. Tobias simply wanted to take his profoundly disabled brother outside, so Titus could be a little like other kids.

    More >>

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