Hi there! My name is Maureen Wurtz and I’m an investigative journalist here at Tulsa’s Channel 8.
I moved to Oklahoma in January 2015 and since then 8 has become my place! I’ve loved getting to know so many Oklahomans throughout my time here. I’ve even adopted the word “y'all.”
I have been lucky enough cover some inspiring and amazing stories during my time here in Tulsa. Some of the big stories include the tornado that hit Tulsa, how streetlights can’t seem to stay on, the unraveling of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and how the budget issues at the capitol are affecting Tulsans' day-to-day lives. As an investigative reporter, I was honored to share one woman’s story about "Revenge Porn." It was through her courage, KTUL’ s support and the stories we shared that made it illegal here in Oklahoma.
I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I’ll say it here, GO BIG RED! I went to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I am a huge Husker football fan. I started reporting in my hometown of Omaha after I graduated college. It was an awesome experience being able to report from my home town. I grew up in a family of seven, so that’s a grand total of five kids. I love spending time with my family, receiving goofy emails from my dad and participating in our annual “Wurtz Open.” I’ve been our designated photographer, but I just got a set of golf clubs so maybe I’ll hit the green next year.
Since working here in Tulsa, I’ve won several awards. From the Oklahoma-Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters, I was awarded Best Reporter Portfolio, First Place Investigative Reporting and First Place Enterprise Reporting in 2016. From the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter, I was awarded 1st and 3rd place Investigative Reporting in 2015. In 2016, I was awarded 1st place Criminal Justice and Government Reporting, 2nd place Investigative Reporting and 3rd place Health Reporting” in 2016. I was also fortunate enough to be nominated for three Heartland Emmys in 2016, including specialty assignment report, investigative reporting and general assignment reporting.
It’s been an absolute joy working here in Tulsa. Thank you for taking the time to check out my bio. We can also connect on Facebook!