OKLAHOMA CITY -- Stacy Martin is now a full-time staff reporter for CapitolBeatOK.com, an online news service based at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Since 2010, Martin has worked as a special projects researcher for CapitolBeatOK and, since 2009, as managing editor for The City Sentinel. She continues with the newspaper as a contributing editor.
Patrick B. McGuigan commented, “I have appreciated Stacy Martin’s skills as a journalist since I first met her when we both worked at The Oklahoman. I am blessed to have her join the staff of the Oklahoma Capitol Bureau in the Franklin Center’s growing network of statehouse reporters.”
Martin worked in the 1980s and 1990s as a real estate and business reporter for The Oklahoman, the state’s largest newspaper, and as a business reporter for The Tulsa Tribune in the 1980s.
Her writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter include recognition of her enterprise reporting for CapitolBeatOK.
In 2011, she led The City Sentinel to recognition as the state’s second best community newspaper, as well as a first place award for business reporting and an award for reporting portfolio.
Martin’s past honors included state SPJ awards for coverage of the Edmond Post Office massacre and sale of the First National Bank Building. She won a national award for human interest coverage of the 1995 Murrah Building Bombing.
Will Swaim, managing editor at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, announced Martin’s new full-time position as a full-time reporter with CapitolBeatOK, a project of the Franklin Center.
In the Franklin Center reporting position, Martin replaces Peter J. Rudy, who was editor of OklahomaWatchdog.org.
CapitolBeatOK’s state stories are posted nationally at Watchdog.org and OklahomaWatchdog.org.
McGuigan also announced that Joan M. Menton, assistant to the editors at The City Sentinel, is joining CapitolBeatOK as a part-time independent contractor working on videography, social media and website management.
In related news, Lee Vincent, graphics designer for The City Sentinel, has been named Creative & Content Director for the weekly newspaper serving the heart of Oklahoma City.
McGuigan, Associate Publisher of the newspaper, said Lee Vincent “has proven herself as a capable ‘conductor’ of weekly production at the newspaper.”
Vincent is a past Society of Professional Journalists’ award winner for page one newspaper design.