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Blake Colston

JB Bittner

An Oklahoma native, Bittner holds a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from Oklahoma State University. She was the 2003 recipient of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s Beachy Musselman Award, recognizing contributions to the field of printed journalism.

Bittner has received top Associated Press and Oklahoma Press Association awards for every aspect of news reporting, including a number of investigative projects.
At the national level, Bittner is a member of the board of directors of the Associated Press Media Editors, where she is involved in projects including training programs for journalists. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Bittner came to Elk City after 12 years with Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., most recently as editor of the Stillwater NewsPress. She previously worked at the corporate level as a CNHI News Service national editor and has been CNHI Oklahoma bureau chief and managing editor of the Woodward News.

Before joining CNHI, Bittner staffed a Northwest Oklahoma bureau 12 years for the Enid News & Eagle, was Northwest correspondent for the Oklahoman and was a staff writer, legislative reporter and bureau manager for United Press International. She also has been an adjunct journalism instructor for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.