Broken Arrow Sentinel: John Dobberstein, Editor

Everyone needs a baseline of factual information they can count on. When the city’s only local news source was closed in 2017, the dependable old friend that kept citizens informed about their city was silenced.

That is precisely why I founded the Broken Arrow Sentinel in 2021 — to be your go-to source for news, features, sports and other happenings in our great city.

The Sentinel is powered by Patch Labs, an arm of hyperlocal news pioneer After the country has seen more than 1,200 newspapers close in the last decade or so, the goal at Patch Labs is to bring local news to areas in need. Patch Labs serves the Broken Arrow Sentinel in a support role, but all news decisions are made locally.

On our home page you will find a variety of news and information to keep you informed. We are here to support Broken Arrow but will not be afraid to challenge the status quo.

Our website has a Community Page where you can post comments, questions, news tips and other announcements!

Want to promote your event? We have an event calendar for that!

Tired of the toxic comments on social media? Let us help you filter through the noise! Register on our website and receive daily email updates about breaking news and important information.

With your participation and support we can build an information source for Broken Arrow that is engaging and informative — that speaks to us and about us.

Please join me in this effort! I’ll see you around town!

OP-EDs/COMMENTARY: The Broken Arrow Sentinel does publish op-eds and commentary as long as the content is informative and respectful. The Sentinel will have final say on the appropriateness of the content. To submit commentary or op-eds, send an email to and clearly identifying your submission as opinion. 


Ethics Policy
The Broken Arrow Sentinel follows ethics guidelines set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and believes in providing readers with accurate, unbiased local news.

Corrections Policy
The Broken Arrow Sentinel corrects or clarifies any known factual errors in its content as quickly as possible. Depending on the severity of the error, corrections may be handled simply by making edits to content or by issuing a correction notice, or both. If you need to request a correction, please email

Patch Labs Officers

Abe Brewster, President and CTO

Richard Sands, Sales Director

Sarah Gayden, Director, Growth & Partnerships

Founded by veteran journalist and editor John Dobberstein, the Broken Arrow Sentinel is an online media property created to be the authoritative independent news source for the city of Broken Arrow's 115,000 residents.

John Dobberstein, Editor
John Dobberstein, Editor
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