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Patrick B. McGuigan, senior editor for The City Sentinel, is also editor at CapitolBeatOK, an online news service. His a member of The National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Tulsa Press Club. He has won journalism awards from SPJ, the Associated Press, the Amy Foundation and other professional organizations. He is the editor of seven books and the author of two, including "The Politics of Direct Democracy: Case Studies in Popular Decision Making."

Oklahoma City’s Top 10 Stories – 2014 in review, from The City Sentinel


by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Humbly submitted, reflections on the year that was, and hopeful resolutions for the days to come. Here is the annual top 10 community news stories for The City Sentinel. The top story for Oklahoma City was a subset of statewide news – an economy which is […]

Director’s quest reaches a noble end, faithful to Tolkien’s moral vision


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher In “The Hobbit” conclusion, director Peter Jackson reaches the end of his “Ring” cycle, brilliantly bringing to life J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The sub-title is “Battle of the Five Armies” – and armed conflict consumes half the screen time. There are tensions among the dwarf band of brothers longing for […]

January 2 Paseo First Friday Galley Walk to highlight Paseo Arts Space, SixTwelve Open House


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   The Paseo First Friday Galley walk is scheduled for Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. This month’s featured opening is Sean Giboney, presenting “Abstracts in Motion” at the Paseo Arts Space, 3022 Paseo St. Also welcoming First Friday visitors will be “SixTwelve,” a refurbished building at 612 […]

From the Capitol Beat: Oklahoma’s top 10 news stories for 2014


by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – From the Capitol Beat, a perspective on the top state public policy news stories of the year that was. The Oklahoma economy remains, despite emerging signs of severe stress for the oil and gas industry, the Sooner State’s top news story. Government revenues continued to grow […]

Meeting Jesus … along the way

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By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY — I saw Him last summer at Lake Hefner. Members of the Jewish community gathered to pray for three young men, children of Abraham, who were murdered in another spurt of violence aimed at the nation and people of Israel. We followed Vered Harris that day, as she […]

In OCU’s Vespers joined: Stained Glass and Worship, Music and Message, Humanity and Divinity

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY — At the start of Vespers earlier this month, the stained glass windows drew the observance of attendees toward the skies. By the end, repeating a daily inversion of beauty, the warmth of the message and meaning of Christmas had transferred anew into hearts. Only from outside the […]

Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley hailed for outstanding leadership

Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City speaks at the recent award ceremonies of the Catholic Leadership Institute. Photo Provided

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Oklahoma City, Paul S. Coakley, is recipient of a nationwide Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership. The designation comes from the Catholic Leadership Institute of Wayne, Pennsylvania. In a press release, the group praised Coakley for organizing peaceful opposition after the municipal […]

Giving Thanks: A Publisher’s Prayer


  By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher Ruler of the universe and world Sovereign, thank You this day and every day for blessings from the love of my wife, our family, dear friends and this community. Bless Mary Arbuckle of Other Options and the Friends Food Pantry. Watch over her work for those affected by HIV/AIDS; […]

Quartet of Oklahoma City anti-hunger leaders honored for good works

At the podium, state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, expresses thanks for recognition as the 2014 Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Award winner.

by Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Local activists in the Malnutrition Coalition joined recently to honor four leaders in the state, national and international fight against human hunger. Award winners included Yenni Vance, state Rep. Richard Morrissette and the Abbos, Joey and Amber. Jacklyn Brink-Rosen moderated the luncheon honoring the four. She […]

In football battle of city high schools, U.S. Grant edges Seeworth Academy


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – In a classic defensive struggle between two city schools, the U.S. Grant Generals emerged victorious over the tenacious Eagles of Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy. The contest was closer than the 19-6 final margin might indicate. Grant took the kickoff to a fast start, with Cesar Payen […]

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