Matt Barnard

Years in media: 11

Why I got into this business: I was inspired by a museum exhibit of Pulitzer-winning photography

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Credible reporting is vital as social media makes bogus information more prevalent than ever.

What three words describe you: Traditional, particular, restless.

What issue fires you up: The U.S. obesity epidemic

Who is a Tulsan you admire: My mother

What is your favorite local hangout: Lake Bixhoma

Favorite movie: "Pulp Fiction" by Quentin Tarantino

Favorite book: "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite quote: "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. — Tim Ferriss