VNN Oklahoma

Providing equitable news representation for Oklahoma’s diverse population.

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Filling news gaps one community story at a time.

Covering our local communities

Filling news gaps one community story at a time.

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    Indigenous Owned

    Founded and Headquartered on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation

    Indigenous News

    Following hundreds of years of assimilation tactics forced upon Indigenous people in Oklahoma, which has caused deep-rooted generational trauma still experienced today, VNN recognizes the need for a path of de-assimilation.

    Through news and information, our network aims to provide resources for Tribal citizens to reconnect themselves and their families with their cultural heritage.

    Indigenous Owned

    Founded and Headquartered on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation

    Indigenous News

    Following hundreds of years of assimilation tactics forced upon Indigenous people in Oklahoma, which has caused deep-rooted generational trauma still experienced today, VNN recognizes the need for a path of de-assimilation.

    Through news and information, our network aims to provide resources for Tribal citizens to reconnect themselves and their families with their cultural heritage.

    Telling stories no one else is

    Following VNN’s in-depth coverage about her abused grandson, Carolyn Ridling said her VNN Journalist was their angel, helping her family when no other news network would. 

    “She’s kind, tender-heartedly and came into my life and gave everything she had to help…. Thank you and I will forever be grateful for time you put into Tyler’s case.”

    Brittany Harlow reported on the April Wilkens case after more than two decades of media silence. Wilkens is currently serving a life sentence for killing her rapist and abuser.

    “Brittany’s uncompromising bravery in exposing and confronting the injustices in my case has truly helped keep my hope alive. By raising awareness of such harrowing women’s social justice issues, Brittany and VNN are endeavoring to make this a better world for all women and ultimately everyone.”

    VNN Oklahoma has teamed up with LHRI to report on Allotment Era crimes Tulsa continues to ignore.

    From Adversity To Entrepreneurship Learning Series

    In 2022, VNN Oklahoma and Big If True held two in-person events and produced multiple stories exploring the path from adversity to entrepreneurship, the community benefits of taking that path, and the barriers that stand in the way.

    Recognition of our work

    What a lot of our newsroom partners heard from the community members they talked to was the real importance of showing up on a regular basis. Brittany Harlow, founder and lead journalist at Verified News Network, focused her interviews on listening to indigenous people in Oklahoma. Read more.

    Oklahoma collaborators cover underreported communities, amplify audience engagement

    In 2022, OMC distributed NAJA’s project fee to its news organizations producing collaborative coverage of subjects ranging from mental health, marginalized voices or corrections issues in Oklahoma. OMC collaborators described these new projects with show-and-tell updates in monthly meetings this year. Here are some of the highlights: Big If True and VNN Read more.

    Our Story

    VNN Oklahoma

    Director and Lead Journalist Brittany Harlow

    Our Story

    Brittany Harlow grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Oklahoma in 2009. After graduating from Northeastern State University, Brittany was hired as a content producer for KRMG’s Evening News with Dick Loftin on NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG in Tulsa. She was promoted to full-time reporter in December 2014.

    ​Brittany began her TV career with News12 KXII as an Ada bureau reporter in July 2015 and made her way down to the main station in Sherman, Texas, in June 2016. She was promoted to Weekend Anchor in January 2017.

    ​​Brittany left KXII in June 2018 to work for VNN. She had her first child in March 2019 and became a foster parent in 2021. Brittany knows finding a healthy balance between work and home life is important and enjoys helping others do the same.

    VNN Oklahoma News Affiliates

    Read our latest affiliate stories on VNN.

    The Frontier

    Mvskoke Media

    Big If True

    The Black Wall Street Times

    Broken Arrow Sentinel

    VNN Oklahoma Collaborators and Sponsors

    Thank you for helping to diversify Oklahoma’s news ecosystem!

    VNN Oklahoma funds local news coverage through news sponsorship and marketing services.