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A look back at all the coverage of the OSU plane crash

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It’s been a wild few days on NewsOK, beginning last Friday morning when news of the tragic plane crash in Arkansas that killed four members of the OSU Family.

Women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were on the plane, something confirmed by our reporters early Friday morning. From there, the reporting was fast and furious. The news team, led by local editor Rick Green and the sports team, led by sports editor Mike Sherman, combined for comprehensive coverage of all the angles of the story — the history, the reaction from university leaders, the effect on the players, the effect on the teams, the facts about those who died, etc.

All of the coverage can be found on NewsOK’s ongoing coverage page of the crash. You can see all the articles, of course, but you can also …

  • view photo galleries we’ve built, including the one from the memorial on Monday afternoon.
  • share your thoughts on the online Guest Books for Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna, Olin Branstetter and Paula Branstetter.
  • read the blogs that came from our staff as they heard about the tragedy. They all share personal thoughts about Kurt and Miranda, since they were the ones we dealt with regularly.
  • see some of the archived material we had on Kurt Budke. My favorite is the Collected Wisdom piece from earlier this year.

We hope this page is organized enough for our readers to dig through everything we have documented about the facts surrounding the crash. And we hope the galleries, Guest Books and retrospective blog posts effectively paint a picture of the victims’ lives for those that didn’t know them.

And we hope we don’t have to build another page like this for OSU ever again.

 

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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