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 our 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 With the country seeing more than 1,200 newspapers close in the last decade, 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 are not 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!

Are you tired of the toxic comments and trolls on social media? Let us help you filter through the noise! Register on our website and receive daily email updates to stay informed.

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 publishes op-eds and commentary that 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 identify your submission as opinion. 

OBITUARIES/DEATH NOTICES: Death announcements can be placed in the Broken Arrow Sentinel for $50.00 and have a limit of 120 words. They can be paid for by credit card. Obituaries cost $150.00 and are payable by credit card. There is a limit of 300 words for obits. All death notices and obituaries are subject to approval by the Broken Arrow Sentinel before publication. The Sentinel reserves the right to edit, clarify or correct submissions as necessary for accuracy or clarity. To place an death announcement or obituary please send us an email. 


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

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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 120,000 residents.

John Dobberstein, Editor
John Dobberstein, Editor
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