Project Manager, Oklahoma Media Center
Rob Collins worked most recently as executive editor of the Enid News & Eagle and editor of The Norman Transcript. Also serving as a regional editor for CNHI, he coordinated statewide content for all Oklahoma publications and managed CNHI Oklahoma’s Capitol coverage.
Collins received his bachelor’s degree in 1993 at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught media writing and served on its Publications Board as the Oklahoma Press Association representative.
Collins began his newspaper career at The Norman Transcript before serving as managing editor at The Edmond Sun and as editor-in-chief of the weekly Oklahoma Gazette. In Norman, his investigative journalism led to the location and dedication of the unmarked grave of Woody Guthrie’s mother. At the Gazette, his award-winning coverage spearheaded an effort to install artist Charles Banks Wilson’s portrait of Woody Guthrie at the state Capitol.
In 2012, Collins returned to his hometown of Enid. He currently serves as president-elect of the Freedom of Information Oklahoma Board of Directors and will be president in 2022.
Working with Oklahoma news organizations, he’s eager to build trust and find common ground for future collaborative journalism efforts.