Meet our new Research Editor: Kiersten Stone

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With each new trip venturing to try something new, exploring Oklahoma has become one of my favorite pastimes over the years. This is one of the many reasons why I am so excited to be taking on the position of research editor at Oklahoma Today.

I’ve lived in Oklahoma all of my life, however I was never able to really appreciate everything the state offered until I was in college. I had an assignment in one of my classes to photograph and create a website for my hometown. I began to see where I grew up through a new lens. I saw the historical aspects, the different scenery offered throughout the city and its parks, and the beauty that only an Oklahoma sunset can bring to the horizon. I saw life in Oklahoma.

New research editor Kiersten Stone joined Oklahoma Today in February. Photo courtesy Saxon Smith / Oklahoma Tourism

New research editor Kiersten Stone joined Oklahoma Today in February. Photo courtesy Saxon Smith / Oklahoma Tourism

Since that assignment, I completed my degree in mass communication and attempted to follow my dreams into journalism. I originally wanted to get into news-writing or broadcasting, which I accomplished for a year working at a local newspaper, but I could never shake the feeling of wanting to do more. I ended up making the move from small-town Oklahoma to the metro and found my dream job where I can now travel, explore, and promote all of the amazing things Oklahoma has to offer. I learn something new about the state everyday.

Some of my favorite things to do in Oklahoma are:
• Watch the sunset or sunrise happen from a state park
• Hike in the Wichita Mountains
• Go fishing and/or kayaking at one of the many lakes
• Visit and support local coffee shops
• Visit new restaurants and try new foods
• Watch movies at the Warren Theatre or at a drive-in

Other little fun facts just about me include that I enjoy visiting zoos and aquariums and that I love all things mystery related: books, movies, games. I have acted in nine plays and one musical, and I hope to get back into acting one day as a hobby. I am obsessed with Harry Potter and the wizarding world. And just as every good Oklahoman has their own, my favorite Sonic drink is a cherry vanilla Coke.

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Kiersten Stone

Just a small town girl living out her city dreams, Kiersten Stone is the Research Editor for Oklahoma Today. Stone previously worked at a local newspaper and at her university’s student news organization before coming to work at the magazine. She loves the Sooner State and all it offers, from the city to the outdoors and the wildlife.

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