Claremore Daily Progress


December 4, 2013

UPDATE: DA hires TV reporter, new first assistant



Two months after saying she was saving money by not employing a full-time public relations/media person, District Attorney Janice Steidley has hired a Tulsa television personality as her office’s first fulltime community outreach coordinator.
Steidley announced the addition of Michelle Lowry, a producer and reporter for the past decade for KJRH-TV (Channel 2), late Tuesday, along with the resignation of Bryce Lair, first district attorney for Rogers, Craig and Mayers counties.
Lair, a state prosecutor for eight years, is leaving at year’s end to enter private law practice. He will be replaced as Steidley’s top assistant by Larry Edwards, who served 14 years in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office.
Edwards has a rich history as a gang and drug prosecutor in Tulsa County. He also has 10 years of experience in private practice and has tried more than 140 jury trials, according to Steidley.
As a prosecutor, she said, Edwards worked closely with members of the Tulsa Police Department in the investigation of the 1981 murder of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler. She said Edwards received cross-designation as Special U.S. Attorney out of Massachusetts in connecting mobsters Stephen Flemmi, Johnny Martorano, and James “Whitey” Bulger to Wheeler’s murder following his weekly golf game at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
Steidley said Lowry will handle community relations, outreach and planning crime prevention education events. She left KJRH recently as a member of the station’s  “Problem Solvers” news team. She has a college degree in broadcast journalism and worked as a reporter and anchor for TV stations in Arkansas and Missouri before joining KJRH in 2003.
“Part of the outreach involves coordinating with helping agencies in the communities served with the 12th District,” said Steidley. “She will be involved with public relations specific to informing members of the media about upcoming cases of interest and sharing information about individuals and organizations working to improve our communities.”

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