About

Mission

Our mission statement is to create a more vibrant and inclusive Tulsa by helping people discover the unique and hidden events, places and things to do around Tulsa that make our city culturally diverse. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, we will continue to do this by collecting online resources for Tulsans to participate in their community safely.

As our daily patterns of life evolve to safeguard the public health, we’ll continue to connect you with the fitness classes, storytimes, live music and other streaming events that make life in Tulsa worthwhile and fulfilling.

Root is supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and staffed by two Tulsans, Bea Baker and Matt Carney.

Bea Baker

Bea has a cultural anthropology degree and visual communications certificate from The University of Tulsa. She spent time teaching English abroad in Bangkok before working for Root. Originally from Waco, Texas, she now identifies as a Tulsan. She admits that Burn Co. is better than Texas BBQ.

Hits: Tulsa thrift scene, running, film photography, Climb Tulsa, micheladas and Oxley Nature Center. Misses: Popcorn ceilings and Velcro.

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Matt Carney

Matt was born in Tulsa and boomeranged home after many years working for publications in Oklahoma City. He has a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and has contributed work to dozens of blogs, magazines and news outlets.

Hits: The Colony, pickup basketball, the spicy fried pickle burger at Fat Guys Burger Bar, Mercury Lounge, ultimate Frisbee and Tulsa Tough. Misses: Oxford commas and greatest hits albums.

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