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.

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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Restaurants in Edmond eagerly add streatery dining

By Josh Watson | October 6, 2020

The City of Edmond has implemented a new policy allowing “streateries” in the community, and local restaurants have happily applied to add the new service. A streatery uses safely barricaded, on-street public parking adjacent to a business for outdoor seating and dining. Streateries help businesses more safely institute social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Edmond business leader joins the board for The CARE Center

By Josh Watson | September 1, 2020

An Edmond business leader will now help Oklahoma County’s only child advocacy center continue its mission to end child abuse. Trey Wells, owner of a State Farm insurance agency on East Second St., joined the board of directors for The CARE Center in Oklahoma City in August. CARE stands for Child Abuse Response and Evaluation.…

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Chamber shares business leaders’ views on mask mandate

By Josh Watson | August 4, 2020

In July, The Edmond City Council enacted a limited-time mask requirement for businesses, and thanks to the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, business leaders’ views on the mandate are now known. More than half of businesses had already required employees to wear a mask, but less than half required visitors to wear one. In addition, more business leaders supported than opposed the mask requirement.

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Face covering signs required in Edmond businesses

By Josh Watson | July 21, 2020

The City Council issued an Amended Declaration of Emergency last week. New limitations seek to combat the community spread of COVID-19 through Aug. 3. In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Edmond, the City Council now requires businesses to post COVID-19 signs about face coverings at all entrances and stagger seating…

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