BARBARA HOBEROCK (1966- ) is the Tulsa World’s Capitol Bureau chief, the longest-serving Oklahoma statehouse reporter and dean of the Capitol Press Corps. Hoberock covers the state Legislature, governor, state agencies, appellate courts and elections. She began her professional career at the Claremore Daily Progress as a general assignment reporter before joining the Tulsa World in 1990. She covered education before being transferred in 1994 to the state Capitol. She was part of a team covering the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the criminal trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Her coverage of medical conditions in state prisons contributed to a decision by the legislature to appropriate millions of dollars to correct deficiencies. Her reporting has shaped public policy in the state. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she served as opinion editor of the campus newspaper, The O’Collegian.