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Beau Simmons

Managing Editor - Stillwater News Press

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: 'We are champions at podcast'

May 24, 2022

After an extended hiatus, the newsroom returns to the studio – due to a honeymoon and staff vacations – with a national storytelling award. They also share the stories they wrote in the new Stillwater Oklahoma Magazine publi…

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In the Newsroom: Responsibility in reporting; weighing public harm vs public good

April 5, 2022

Local News: Bird Flu in Payne County, not an April fools joke. It’s election day in Stillwater, will voters approve a $9 million bond for a new fire station? Going deep : Beau and the newsroom discuss how local news can ofte…

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In the Newsroom: Howdy from The Mid South; Spongebob, bikes and schoolhouse rock

March 22, 2022

In this week’s episode, the newsroom discusses how Ashlynd has main character syndrome. SpongeBob Squarepants throw the team in a time loop for Michelle to save them so Chris’ family can share their experience at The Mid Sou…

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In the Newsroom: Local events making a big comeback

March 8, 2022

After almost a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Stillwater events are making their way back on the calendar. Chris shares details about this year's Mid South gravel bike race and expo. Michelle and beau share their favor…

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In the Newsroom: Localizing global events; Sorting fact from fiction

March 1, 2022

In this week's episode, the newsroom debates appropriate and inappropriate uses of exclamation points, periods, and thumbs-up emojis! 👍. Michelle begins to dive into a story on local employment and challenges the City of Sti…

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In the Newsroom: Certified recycling baddies

Feb. 22, 2022

Certified baddies – except Chris – return to the studio to discuss the recent municipal election, the upcoming bond vote for a new fire station and recycling woes in Stillwater. Ashlynd also shares her story on Stillwater’s …

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In the Newsroom: Respecting cultural differences – Afghan resettlement in Stillwater, Part two

Jan. 11, 2022

In part two of the series, we hear the rest of Michelle’s interview with Salman Rafique, an OSU student from Pakistan. Salman is a volunteer helping Afghan refugees resettle in Stillwater. Salman and Michelle discuss cultura…

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In the Newsroom: Welcoming our Allies – Afghan resettlement in Stillwater, Part one

Dec. 31, 2021

In this special series, the Newsroom listens to Michelle’s interview with Salman Rafique, an OSU student from Pakistan. He has been volunteering with the resettlement of our allies from Afghanistan. Hearing Salman’s own expe…

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In the Newsroom: Stickers, Workiversarys, post COVID, Slurpees and Boyd

Dec. 30, 2021

Want a free Studio Stillwater sticker? Join our gift exchange: https://www.subscribepage.com/studiostillwatersticker In the final episode of 2021, the Newsroom discusses workiversaries, post COVID times, 7-Eleven coming to t…

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In the Newsroom: Decoding reporter speak

Dec. 14, 2021

Back in the studio after a short hiatus, the newsroom chats about the big news on Block 34 development, law enforcement purposely getting people drunk and the upcoming local election season. You’ll also get to hear an exampl…

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In the Newsroom: A thankful newsroom

Nov. 23, 2021

In this week’s episode, the newsroom discusses the topics of the week and ends the show sharing what they are most thankful for this year. Articles discussed on the show: Candlelight vigil held for National Runaway Preventio…

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In the Newsroom: Statues, memes, hashtags and outrage

Nov. 16, 2021

In this episode, Beau returns to the helm of the podcast and learns Ashlynd's meme knowledge causes her to think of a Senator from Vermont instead of the OSU's legendary running back. Ashlynd and Michelle get to ride in the …

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Social media’s impact on our youth with Destinee Adams

Oct. 29, 2021

In this special episode, the Newsroom welcomes former News Press intern Destinee Adams to the studio. Destinee recently co-authored an article for TIME with Zamaan Qureshi titled, 'Instagram is doing grave harm to our genera…

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In the Newsroom: Nah bruh

Oct. 19, 2021

In this week’s episode, Chris takes the opportunity to interview a self-described hacktivist from Turkey who defaces multiple Oklahoma Sheriff websites. Ashlynd and Beau discuss some of the rules of journalism. The newsroom …

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In the Newsroom: Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift

Oct. 12, 2021

In this week’s episode, the newsroom discusses the headlines of the week. Ashlynd tells us about the state legislature’s study on expungement reform. Beau shares how Stillwater and OSU are preparing for the Afghan refugees. …

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In the Newsroom: Evolving with Rob McClendon

Oct. 6, 2021

In this week’s episode, we welcome new Publisher, Rob McClendon to the podcast. Rob shares how he got to Stillwater and what’s kept him here over the years. With a few digressions, the newsroom discusses the future of the St…

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In the Newsroom: 'About as heavy as you can get'

Sept. 17, 2021

***Please Read*** This week the Newsroom discusses the heavy and sensitive topic of child sexual abuse. Ashlynd reveals her investigative project that dives into the reality of these crimes that can be hidden in plain sight.…

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In the Newsroom: Going meta in the newsroom

Sept. 6, 2021

In this week’s episode, we officially welcome Chris Peters to the newsroom team and discuss his new role while getting the nerdy details of what it takes to put out a paper. Ashlynd shares solid interview advice while Michel…

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In the Newsroom: Things are getting weird again

Aug. 27, 2021

Pandemic discussion returns to the Newsroom as Michelle updates us on Oklahoma State University faculty's difficulties with masking requests to students. Ashlynd and Beau discuss fake vaccination cards and what criminal char…

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In the Newsroom: Central Park, that ain't country: An interview with Kenny Baker

Aug. 13, 2021

In Part two of this STILLWATER film podcast series, Michelle and Beau listen to Kenny Baker. The real-life Oklahoma roughneck who advised Matt Damon and Tom McCarthy. Hear what his experience with the filmmakers was like and…

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In the Newsroom: Not a prank! An interview with Tom McCarthy

Aug. 9, 2021

In part one of this special episode Michelle and Beau discuss the new STILLWATER film and Michelle’s interview with Tom McCarthy. Learn why and how Tom chose Stillwater and what he learned during his time in Oklahoma. Oh, an…

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In the Newsroom: STILLWATER a slow burn mystery?

July 29, 2021

In this week's episode, we hear the newsroom's initial reactions to their special screening of the new Focus Feature film, STILLWATER. Starring Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, and Camille Cottin. Michelle talks about her interv…

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In the Newsroom: Movie Stars & Justice Reporting

July 19, 2021

In this week's episode, News Press journalists discuss the shift to justice reporting from crime reporting and the right to be forgotten concept. Michelle might get a chance to interview actors and producers of the soon-to-…

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In the Newsroom: Going off beat & COVID fatigue

July 12, 2021

Intern Sam returns to the podcast and shares what it’s like going off beat to write non-sports stories. Michelle gives an update on Oklahoma’s pandemic response, tl:dr please, please, please, get vaccinated. Beau has a sugge…

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In the Newsroom: to someone, you are the guy

July 6, 2021

This week we meet Sam Hutchens, a summer intern at the News Press. Listen in as Sam drops some wisdom bombs on the crew and how Ashlynd loves a PDF form. Michelle shares how her family enjoys making innocent sparklers danger…

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In the Newsroom: How many burner accounts do you have?

June 28, 2021

Back from hiatus, Beau and Ashlynd are joined by Intern Chase Congleton, a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University. Chase shares his strategy of burner accounts on social media. Ashlynd shares how her dream of investiga…

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In the Newsroom: The interns are here

June 7, 2021

Articles mentioned on the show: Biden visits Tulsa to commemorate massacre, does not address reparations McMansion Hell Return flight: American Airlines brings mid-day flight back to Stillwater Cushing's Dunkin Theatre recei…

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In the Newsroom: Journalist wept

May 31, 2021

Newspaper journalists make mistakes. Michelle, Beau, and Kevin tackle the various ways they try to correct the record, whether that’s a misspelled name or sharing the wrong photo. The crew also comments on the 100th annivers…

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In the Newsroom: coldbrew & boozy slushies

May 24, 2021

This week's episode is guaranteed to make you thirsty. The Governor reveals a sauce shortage, but no worries, Beau has a DIY solution for you in the new Stillwater Style magazine. What labor shortage looks like for our local…

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In the Newsroom: #SonicCulture

May 18, 2021

In this week's extended edition, the editorial staff is joined by Kevin Shields, the new Publisher at the Stillwater News Press. Learn about Kevin's experience with local newspapers around the country and why Vermont didn't …