Penny Cockerell is a correspondent for the Associated Press and former staff reporter for the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. Cockerell has covered tornadoes, murder and mayhem on the police beat, the Columbine High School shootings, the Texas A&M bonfire tragedy, and the Oklahoma City bombing and subsequent trials of two defendants.
Recent Posts by Penny Cockerell
- May 1, 2005 by Penny Cockerell
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—At the entrance of Choeung Ek, the most visited of the “killing fields” here, several shiny-eyed children greet tourists and quickly engage them in a counting game in both Khmer (the Cambodian language) and English. They laugh, ask the strangers their names, where they're from. They skip around and say, in unison, "1-2-3-smile!"
- May 24, 2004 by Penny Cockerell
It’s near deadline. A story about a tragic killing comes across my desk and it’s my job to get comments from the family. I make the dreaded call and gently ask for reaction to the news — only to learn that the family doesn’t yet know. What now?
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