Articles by Josh Watson

About Josh Watson

Josh Watson is a freelance writer, public relations consultant, and tenured associate professor of communication at Oklahoma Christian University. He advises OC’s student-run PR firm, Eagle PR, and the university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Previously, he worked on award-winning state and national campaigns at McNeely Pigott & Fox in Nashville, one of the nation's top independent PR firms. Dr. Watson has helped his students earn numerous awards and recognitions, especially in national campaign competitions. His wife, Chara, teaches speech and theater at Oklahoma Christian Academy, where their four children attend.

Best Lawyers publication honors Edmond attorneys

By Josh Watson | September 7, 2021

In July, three Edmond lawyers at the firm Crowe and Dunlevy were recognized in the “Employment Law” issue by the Best Lawyers publication. Cynthia L. Andrews, Tanya S. Bryant, and Arlen E. Fielden were named to the list, which is created each year by surveying leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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The economic impact of the Quiet Zone

By Josh Watson | June 1, 2021

Downtown Edmond has seen significant new business and real estate development in the last year, with more announced to open or begin in the next 12 months. According to city leaders, much of that growth can be attributed to a train horn—well, the silencing of the train horn through the new Quiet Zones, which went…

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Oklahoma Christian University lowers tuition

By Josh Watson | June 1, 2021

Oklahoma Christian University (OC) recently announced it is going against the trend of rising tuition for graduate business degrees like a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Accounting. According to OC, citing a nonprofit AccessLex Institute study, the cost of graduate and professional school has steadily increased since the 1990s. Instead, following the…

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Business leader gives to The American Cancer Society

By Josh Watson | May 4, 2021

Thanks to a successful Edmond business leader, the American Cancer Society (ACS) broke ground in March on Oklahoma’s first Hope Lodge. The $16.7 million facility will offer cancer patients and their caregivers free lodging while they travel to receive care from medical centers in the greater Oklahoma City area. The Hope Lodge is named in recognition…

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Oklahoma’s Credit Union president retiring

By Josh Watson | March 30, 2021

Oklahoma’s Credit Union announced that longtime President and CEO Mark Kelly will retire in April and be replaced by current Executive Vice President Luann Schmiedel.  Kelly’s tenure with the credit union spans more than four decades, first working as an assistant manager before moving to president and chief executive officer in 1981. Under his leadership…

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Transit System Plan kicks off with Virtual Town Hall

By Josh Watson | March 2, 2021

After more than a decade of transformative growth, the Regional Transportation Authority of Central Oklahoma held its first Virtual Town Hall Meeting to kick off the Transit System Plan development for its six-member cities. The first meeting was on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, and the recording is available on their website. There…

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Millie’s Table provides healthy meals and more

By Josh Watson | January 19, 2021

When Millie Shores returned to Oklahoma to start a food-service business in Edmond, she did not realize so many people would soon know her by name. Yet today, when large companies and families across Edmond need the best-prepared meals around, they call on Millie’s Table and More at 1333 N. Santa Fe.  Shores started her…

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Victor Flores returning to Edmond to lead new venture

By Josh Watson | January 5, 2021

Victor Flores may be new to working in Edmond, but he is not new to the community. After two decades of work in health care finance and another decade in tribal finance, Flores is thrilled to return to Edmond. In November, Flores was named the director of tribal services in Oklahoma for REDW, a top-200…

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Ken Moore’s legacy in the business community

By Josh Watson | December 1, 2020

Ken Moore may have been the most accomplished Chamber of Commerce executive in Oklahoma. Having led Chambers for nearly 50 years in five states, his influence extended around the country. Sadly, Moore passed away just a few weeks ago at the age of 76. Business leaders across Edmond praised his career and servant-hearted leadership during…

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Edmond Chamber hosts fall events

By Josh Watson | November 3, 2020

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce regularly hosts events to benefit members and the community. Though the fall has been a little different this year due to COVID-19, the events continue to offer professional development experiences and networking opportunities. 5th District congressional candidate forum On October 21, the Chamber hosted a candidate forum for Congressional…

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