Bryan Painter, born and raised in Enid, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has worked in the news, business, sports and features departments as either a writer, editor or columnist.
Painter entered the newspaper business at age 17 taking football results on Friday nights for the Enid News & Eagle and by the next summer was the American Legion Baseball beat writer, covering 40 to 50 games a season.
Following college, Painter went to work at the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News newspaper as a sports writer, but moved over to the news side in in 1990. The one sport he continued to cover for a total of 16 seasons, was professional rodeo.
In his career he has traveled to most, if not all, of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, introducing readers to Oklahomans they’ve never met as well as some of those they are certainly familiar with, including Reba McEntire.
Painter, who loves to follow baseball still today, also enjoys tracking Oklahoma weather and during severe weather in Oklahoma often blogs live from the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office.
He and his wife Teri were married in 1987 and have lived in Guthrie for 18 years. They have a son and a daughter.