Director, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame
Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Ave.
Edmond, OK 73034
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Gean B. Atkinson
Gean B. Atkinson (1944- ) has held senior level military, business and political positions in journalism. A native of Blythevile Ark., he has written three books and hosted programs on WKY and KTOK radio. An advertising agency owner, he also served in the Oklahoma Legislature and as a governor's communications director. A decorated Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was director of the Joint Information Bureau of the United Arab Emirates during Operation Desert Shield/ Storm as a Navy captain. Atkinson has been corporate communications director for Express Personnel Services and a journalism instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned two journalism degrees.
MIKE BOETTCHER (1954- ), veteran network foreign and war correspondent, began his broadcasting career in his native Ponca City for WBBZ Radio. One decade later, he helped launch 24-hour news in 1980 when he performed the first live satellite report for fledgling CNN. In between, he worked for Oklahoma City stations KEBC, KTOK, and KWTV as a political and investigative reporter. He worked for NBC, covering international news on several fronts before rejoining CNN where he has been imbedded as a war correspondent in the Mideast. As chief correspondent for CNN's terrorism investigation unit, a team he created, Boettcher was awarded a Peabody, his third of four National Emmys and a National Headliner award. He attended the University of Oklahoma, and returned there as a visiting professor in 2009 after a one year embed in Iraq and Afghanistan during which he reported for ABC, BBC and The Oklahoman.
RAY DYER (1957- ) , co-publisher of The El Reno Tribune and Mustang News, graduated from El Reno High School and attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University before working as a reporter at the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark. He also covered sports at the McAlester Capital-Democrat before returning to El Reno in 1980. He started throwing the Tribune at age 11 and has worked in every area of the paper. In 2002, Dyer was named editor of the Sooner Catholic, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Dyer has served on several Oklahoma Press Association committees, as well as Sacred Heart Church parish council and school advisory committee, El Reno Chamber of Commerce board, El Reno Main Street board, Saint Katharine Drexel Retirement Center board, and as a reading mentor for El Reno Public Schools.
SEAN DYER (1960- ) , co-publisher of The El Reno Tribune and Mustang News, has been an active member of the Oklahoma Press Association for more than 25 years. A third generation OPA president, he has served on every committee at OPA. He graduated from El Reno High School and earned a degree in business at OSU. He's also worked at the Piedmont Gazette and the Okarche Chieftain. Dyer is president of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, chairman of the OPA-MEBT insurance trust, past-president of the El Reno Rotary Club, Sacred Heart parish council, Saint Katharine Drexel Retirement Center board, and a board member at El Reno Blessing Baskets.
Susan Boling Ellerbach
SUSAN BOLING ELLERBACH (1955- ), Managing Editor of the Tulsa World since 1995, joined The World in 1985 as a business writer before being promoted to business editor, state editor, and Sunday editor in 1994. She was a reporter and editor at the Tahlequah Daily Press and managing editor of the Tahlequah American in 1983. Born in Atlanta, she graduated from high school in Shawnee Mission, KS, and earned a journalism degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Her career began with a group of Kansas community newspapers in Baldwin City, KS, including the Wellsville Globe. She's a member of APME and AP/ONE, where she has served as president. She remains active in Leadership Oklahoma and has served on the boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield's Caring Program for Children and the Child Abuse Network. Columbia Journalism Review featured her in "Moms Who've Made It."
MELBA LOVELACE (1930- ) , born in Red Oak and graduated from Panola High School, came to OPUBCO as a secretary and headed the typing pool before becoming a journalistic star in 1977 when she started writing "Melba's Swap Shop" in The Daily Oklahoman. After writing the column seven days a week for 17 years-about 4,000 of them--she retired in 1992. She did television shows, a regular radio show and taught cooking classes at UCO, and wrote 16 books of recipes, crafts, quilts, and household hints. She continues to write the column on a weekly basis, which is a favorite in the Life section and featured on NewsOK.com. She also writes book reviews. Her mailbox is consistently filled with letters from readers. She says, "My readers are my friends."
John A. "Andy" Rieger
JOHN A. "ANDY" RIEGER, (1957- ), The Norman Transcript's managing editor, has worked on Oklahoma newspapers for more than 30 years. Born in Norman, he graduated from Norman High School and earned bachelors and masters degrees at OU. In high school, he was a Transcript carrier, mailroom and switchboard employee; in college, he worked The Oklahoma Daily. He joined the Oklahoma City Times copy desk, moving to police and city hall reporting beats and editing a community section. He left to co-found a weekly newspaper in Noble and attend graduate school. He was an assistant professor and faculty adviser to the student newspaper at the OU School of Journalism. Rieger is chairman of the advisory committee of the Ethics and Ethics in Journalism Foundation.
JACK STONE (1937- ) worked for The Anadarko Daily News for 38 years until his retirement as executive editor in 1996. Born in Byars, OK, he graduated from Capitol Hill High School and earned a journalism degree from Oklahoma Baptist University . He joined The Daily News as an intern in the advertising staff for three years. He covered cops for The Tulsa Tribune for seven months before returning to Anadarko. More than 7,000 of his columns, "The Cornerstone" appeared in The Daily News for 30 years. His writing earned many awards from numerous, state, community, educational and civic groups, including the Oklahoma Press Association's Beachy Mussleman Award. He served on a multitude of community boards and activities, serving as chairman or president of several.
Gloria G. Brown
GLORIA G. BROWN (1942- ) joined the Perry Daily Journal in 1971 as a part-time proofreader for publisher Milo Watson. She became Women's Editor, helped in the transition from hot-type to offset, handled circulation and page layout, before being named Editor and Managing Editor. Active in the community, she's been named Perry Citizen of the Year, Perry Business Woman of the Year, Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year and parade marshal at the annual Cherokee Strip parade, among numerous other awards. She says she missed the story of the century in Perry in 1995, when Timothy McVeigh was arrested in Perry. She was in Edmond attending the Journalism Hall of Fame induction for Milo Watson. Born in Norman, she attended Perry High, Phillips University and NOC. She is the face and voice of the Daily Journal to her readers. She's been secretary treasurer for the Assembly of God church for 30 years.
ARNOLD HAMILTON (1958- ) became editor of The Oklahoma Observer in 2006, after a 32-year career in daily newspapers. He was Oklahoma bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News for 18 years, covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, interviewing Timothy McVeigh twice, and riding out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Much of his work has focused on politics and government, covering state capitols in Oklahoma, Texas and California. He twice won the Dallas Press Club Katie Award for reporting excellence. In 1997 he received the Fran Morris Civil Liberties in Media Award from the ACLU Oklahoma Foundation. He also worked for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and Oklahoma Journal. Born in St. Louis, he was reared in Midwest City. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco and a master's in political science from OSU.
JOAN HENDERSON (1956- ) joined Oklahoma Today magazine in 1994 as general manager and was named publisher in 1997, leading the magazine in winning hundreds of regional and national awards, including best magazine in 2010 by the International Regional Magazine Association, the Great Plains Journalism Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists. A recognized industry leader, she serves on several national and international magazine association boards and is a frequent conference and webinar speaker. An avid photographer, her hand-tinted black and white photography has been featured in magazines, exhibits, and a permanent museum collection in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Oklahoma Today, she worked in the advertising and videodisc production fields in Austin, in multi-image slide production in Boston, and as a media specialist at Vo-Tech in Stillwater. She earned a bachelor's degree in humanities at OSU in 1979. She was born in Yonkers, N.Y.
Michael R. Jones
MICHAEL R. JONES (1949- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1971 as oil writer for the legendary Riley Wilson. He became reporter and copy editor before moving to the city desk. He was named assistant city editor and in 1979 became city editor, replacing long-time city editor John Gold. In 1985 he joined the World editorial department as layout editor and editorial writer. He was named an Associate Editor in 1997,writing a Sunday column and daily editorials and adding an opinion blog in 2008. He has championed the rights of immigrants, despite criticism from readers and politicians. A native of Seminole, he attended East Central State University, OSU and the University of Tulsa. He's been a grocery clerk, oil field worker, cow-milker, road-crew worker, pants-maker, postman, janitor and played in a rock-n-roll band, and he is honorary chief executive officer of his son's reggae-funk-rock band Sam and the Stylees.
DAVID PAGE (1949- ) joined The Journal Record in Oklahoma City in 1979 as News Editor, becoming Managing Editor in 1988 and Special Projects Editor in 2004. On April 19, 1995, David's desk was by a window facing the Murrah Federal Building. Before 9 a.m., he had gone to get a cup of coffee when the bomb exploded. His injuries, from the window's shattered glass, required about 30 stitches from head to foot. One day later, he helped The Journal Record publish a two-page edition, a first-person account of the bombing. A former AP/ONE president and board member for more than 10 years, he received the AP/ONE Carl Rogan Sweepstakes Award in 2008. A Tennessean, he was editor of Middle Tennessee University's student newspaper Sidelines while earning his degree. He was reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier and Bristol Virginia Tennessean from 1971-1973, and the West Side Story in Knoxville from 1973-1979.
JIM STANDARD (1940-2010) rose from a junior reporter and obit writer for the Oklahoma City Times in 1960 to The Oklahoman's executive editor during his 35-year career with the newspaper. Covering the assassination of President Kennedy, he witnessed the killed of Lee Harvey Oswald and was named Oklahoma "Newsman of the Year" for his coverage. He was senior reporter, state capitol bureau chief and columnist before becoming a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and returning to be city editor and assistant managing editor of The Times and The Oklahoman. In 1984 when the papers merged, he became executive editor, and then editorial page editor, and ended his career by writing a column, "Jim Standard's Oklahoma." A native of Little Rock, he attended the University of Arkansas and worked as reporter with the Arkansas Gazette in college and reporter at the Borger, Texas, News-Herald. After retirement, he founded churches in Italy and was pastor of the Atwood Baptist Church.
KEITH SWEZEY (1952- ) Born in Enid. Oklahoma, he built the award-winning student broadcast program at the University of Central Oklahoma, which he joined after 15 years of award-winning radio news experience. He began as state capitol correspondent for KOMA radio in 1975, moving to WKY radio in 1976 as public affairs editor. He was WKY news director from 1983 to 1988. At UCO, he directed Academic Broadcasting Services, served as chairman of the Communication Department and manages daily student broadcasts on KCSU-TV. A former state president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, he advises the UCO chapter of OBEA. An associate member of The Emmys, he has won numerous state and national awards for teaching and radio news, including RTNDA's Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary. He earned a bachelor's degree in broadcasting at the UCO, and a master's degree and doctoral degree in mass communication at Oklahoma State University.
Larry R. Wade
LARRY R. WADE (1939-2011) joined the staff of the Elk City Daily News as a cub reporter at age 13. He became co-publisher with his father in 1966 and publisher when his father died in 1972. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism in 1961 where he served as editor of the Oklahoma Daily. He received the school's Benefactor Award, served on the executive board of the OU Alumni Association, and is a longtime member and current chairman of the OU Board of Regents. He served on many Oklahoma Press Association committees and was OPA President in 1983. He received the OPA's highest honor, the Milt Phillips Award in 1995. Active in the community, he's been city commissioner and mayor, president of the chamber of commerce, United Fund and Kiwanis Club. He's the founder of the Elk City Foundation and is a member of the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Walter S. Campbell
WALTER S. CAMPBELL (STANLEY VESTAL) (1887-1957) first Rhodes Scholar from the state and the most widely acclaimed writer from Oklahoma, published 24 books and taught literature and writing for 42 years at the University of Oklahoma. His seven biographies and seven histories are ranked among the best ever published depicting life in the old, west. 'In 1938 he founded a unique school of professional writing at OU, In the next 20 years half of his 2,500 students became successful free lance writers, selling 250 books and 10,000 shorter items to 1,000 different magazines for $2 million. His influence on writers was greater than any other Oklahoman.
ROSCOE DUNJEE (1883-1965) born the son of a slave in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, was the founder and for 40 years (1915-55) the editor and publisher of the first Negro newspaper in Oklahoma, the Black Dispatch, Oklahoma City. With courageous editorials he crusaded for civil rights before it was fashionable-or even safe-to do so. He also founded various civil rights groups, 'earning a reputation as the father of the Black civil rights struggle in Oklahoma.
Edward King Gaylord
EDWARD KING GAYLORD (1873-1974) built the dominant journalism enterprise in the state, the Oklahoma Publishing Co., from a minority interest in the Daily Oklahoman purchased in 1903. He later added the Oklahoma City Times, The Farmer-Stockman, Oklahoma's first radio station (WKY), the first television station (WKY-TV), four out-of-state television stations and various other enterprises. He pioneered many innovations in the newspaper business, including the use of computers in composition: For seven decades he has influenced almost everything of consequence that has happened in the state.
H. H. Herbert
H. H. HERBERT (1888-1890) was a pioneer and national leader in building journalism education during the first half of the 20th Century. He founded the first journalism program in the state, the H. H. Herbert School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, in 1913. As a faculty member and director of the school for 47 years, he helped make it one of the 10 best in the nation. Most of the first 1,500 students educated in the school were greatly influenced by his high ideals of journalism. He founded the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Press Association in 1916, the Sooner State Press in 1920.
Richard Lloyd Jones, Sr.
RICHARD LLOYD JONES SR. (1873-1963) crusading editor and publisher of the Tulsa Tribune, became the editorial giant of his era in Oklahoma by exposing public scandals during the 1920s and 1930s. The flaming editorial page dominated the personality of the paper, giving it and him a national prominence and influence. He developed this crusading spirit as an editorial writer for Collier's magazine and transmitted it to his staff. The Tribune still retains the personality he gave it.
Jim G. Lucas
JIM G. LUCAS (1914-1970) became the most honored journalist from Oklahoma by covering three wars "up front" alongside American fighting men. He was the top Marine combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II. As a Scripps-Howard war correspondent in Korea he won a Pulitzer Prize and the Ernie Pyle award. He covered the Vietnam War longer and more thoroughly than any other reporter, frequently risking his life to get his stories. Born in Checotah, he began his career on the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and achieved statewide fame on the Tulsa Tribune before heading for the battlefields.
W. R. "Bill" Martineau
W. R. "BILL" MARTINEAU (1887-1970) pioneered specialized journalism in the state as editor and publisher of the Oklahoma City Livestock News during most of its 59 years, starting in 1910. As chairman of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club for 43 years, he built the organization to the point that it now provides college scholarships for about 20 journalism students a year. The only life member of the Oklahoma City Press Club, he also was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association for 57 years and its president in 1929.
Milton W. Reynolds
MILTON W. REYNOLDS (1833-1890) was a key figure in getting Oklahoma opened to settlement through a 20-year crusade in his own and other newspapers as well as his personal appearances before presidents, governors and senators. He founded eight Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma newspapers, including the oldest publication in Oklahoma, the Edmond Sun. The fiery crusader helped organize the press associations of the same three states, and was elected to the legislatures of all three, but he died before the first session in the Oklahoma Territory.
WILL ROGERS (1879-1935) was the most widely read and influential newspaper columnist of his day. For the last nine years of his life his daily column "Will Rogers Says" was published in a record 500 newspapers. The humorous comments in the column helped ease the burden of readers during the worst part of the depression years. The political messages of his comments were heard by a major portion of citizens and public officials. Through the column and personal appearances he crusaded for improvements in and public support of aviation. He was on one such flight when a crash ended his life.
FAYETTE COPELAND (1895-1961) was a journalism educator (1921-61) and director of the School of Journalism (1947-61) at the University of Oklahoma, doubling the teaching staff, adding several degree patterns, developing the largest journalism scholarship program in the nation and spearheading the fund drive for the journalism building bearing his name. As a student at OU in 1916 he was one of four students who changed the campus newspaper to a daily and named it the Oklahoma Daily. His biography of George Wilkins Kendall, the first war correspondent, received the 1943 Texas Institute of Letters award as the best book about Texas that year. A large number of Oklahoma journalists received their first training from him.
Earnest T. Hoberecht, Jr.
EARNEST T. HOBERECHT JR. (1918-1999) of Watonga spent more than 20 years in the Pacific and Asia as a war correspondent, bureau manager and vice president for United Press and its successor, United Press International. He gained his first fame covering World War II, including the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri, and was the first U. S. correspondent to land in Japan in 1945. He promptly interviewed the Premier Tojo. He wrote several books translated into Japanese, including a multi-million circulation novel and Asia Is My Beat based on his personal experiences. After covering the Korean War he became UP general manager for Asia in 1951 and vice president in 1953. He retired from the UPI in 1966 to enter private business in Japan and publish four weekly newspapers in western Oklahoma.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones
JENKIN LLOYD JONES (1911-2004) is internationally known as one of the top editorial writers and columnists in the nation. His editorials are among the most widely reprinted. His weekly column appears in 150 newspapers with ten million circulations. As editor (since 1941) and publisher (since 1963), he has kept the Tulsa Tribune in a lofty position of esteem among both readers and journalists. His numerous honors include the William Allen White Award in 1957 and the Freedom Leadership Award of Freedom Foundation in 1969.
WHEELER MAYO (1902-1975) is the epitome of the fighting country editor. He founded the weekly Sequoyah County Times in 1932 and spent the next 40 years exposing corruption in public office with the same vigor he used to support projects to help his community, state and nation. His exposés have ranged from local sewer bond scandals to bribery on the State Supreme Court in the 1960s. He also started and led a successful statewide campaign to outlaw slot machines. His paper has long dominated state fair competition for weeklies. He is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1944-50), and the International Conference of Weekly Newspaper Editors (1970), the latter open "by invitation only" to the top weekly editors in the nation.
PAUL MILLER (1907-1991) of Pawhuska is one of the few journalists to work his way to the top in two fields of journalism, wire service and chain of metropolitan daily newspapers. After working on several Oklahoma newspapers, he joined the Associated Press in 1932 and rose to assistant general manager. He has been president of the AP since 1963. In 1947 he set out to conquer another field by joining the Gannet newspaper group, now publisher of 53 daily newspapers and broadcast stations, and a CATV system, in 16 states and Guam. He rose to president and chief executive in 1957 and chairman of the board in 1970.
Eugene C. Pulliam
EUGENE C. PULLIAM (1889-1975) published a chain of seven outstanding daily newspapers in Oklahoma (1929-40) at Altus, Clinton, EI Reno, Mangum, Hobart, Elk City and Alva. His trademark was community development during those formative years of the new state. He has owned and operated 47 newspapers- as many as 23 at one time-in eight states. Many of them he sold to his managers and editors, including those at Altus and EI Reno. He was cofounder of Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalism Society, served on the Associated Press board of directors for nine years, and is one of the William Allen White Foundation trustees.
RALPH SEWELL (1909-2005) was Oklahoma's first national president of Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalism Society (1965), largest organization for working newsmen in the United States. An outstanding newsman for the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times since 1934, he has been assistant managing editor of both papers since 1956. Better known to journalists than the public, Sewell has helped scores of young newsmen and women develop into professionals, instilling in them his own high standard of ethics and sense of fair play.
Fred E. Tarman
FRED E. TARMAN (1889-1981) produced 23 state fair sweepstakes winners in the large daily class during 33 years (1936-68) of competition while editor and publisher (1922-68) of the Norman Transcript. From a four-page daily of 1,500 readers in 1922 the Transcript grew to 48 pages and 10,000 circulation by the time he retired in 1968. Strength of his newspapers came from general excellence, editorials and community service. He is generally ranked one of the top editorial writers in Oklahoma, winning 21 awards in state competition. He was instrumental in founding the state's first School of Journalism, at the University of Oklahoma.
Clement E. Trout
CLEMENT E. TROUT (1891-1960) became known universally as the "Dean of Industrial Editors" by pioneering in the development of his field in the United States. The director of the journalism program at Oklahoma State University for 32 years (1926-58), he established the nation's first industrial editing college degree in 1945 and short course in 1947. In 1938 he organized the Southwest Association of Industrial Editors, first such professional society and forerunner of national and international associations. He also helped organize the Public Relations Society of America.
BEN BLACKSTOCK (1924- ), manager of the Oklahoma Press Association for more than twenty years, has made it to the finest and most successful organization of its kind in the world. He developed various annual short courses and clinics sponsored by the association to improve the quality of state newspapers. Other state press association managers elected him their national president in 1963, and pattern their programs after Oklahoma. Blackstock's weekly column of political comment is published in half the newspapers of the state, making him one of the most widely read journalists in Oklahoma.
DOUGLAS EDWARDS (1917-1990) of Ada was the first major radio newsman to make the transition to television, in 1947. Since then he has covered the world scene, and has anchored a daily television news broadcast for CBS television network, without interruption, since 1950. He also broadcasts regularly for CBS radio. He first joined CBS radio in 1942, covering World War II in Europe and as chief of the CBS News Paris Bureau. The quality of his work earned him a George Foster Peabody Award.
Raymond H. Fields
RAYMOND H. FIELDS (1897-1979), a pioneer newsman for Pontotoc County, Indian Territory, published newspapers in Oklahoma for half a century, the last sixteen with the Guymon Herald. He is one of the best known and respected state journalists, following the policy of his newspapers leading the way for civic betterment. He has been chairman of the editorial committee for the Oklahoma American Legion Magazine for seventeen years and the national American Legion Magazine for thirty years.
D. C. "Clancy" Frost
D. C. "CLANCY" FROST (1908-1965) spent more than two decades proving his "independent country newspaper," the Kiowa County Star-Review of Hobart, could achieve the same quality of reporting, editing and editorial excellence as a newspaper of any size. Eight times his newspaper won state fair sweepstakes for general excellence. He won the Oklahoma Editorial of the Year award fighting federal aid to education, and the national Herrick Editorial Award opposing the U. S. Army's attempts to take over one-third of his county for a missile range. He served as president (1962-63) and long-time director of the Oklahoma Press Association.
PAUL HARVEY (1918-2009) of Tulsa has been a leading conservative political commentator and columnist for more than thirty years. He broadcasts over 462 radio stations and 126 television stations daily, and his column appears in 300 newspapers, reaching more people than any other journalist in the nation. A member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, he holds eight honorary doctorates and eight awards from Freedoms Foundation for his broadcasts.
LEE HILLS (1906-deceased) started in journalism with the Oklahoma City Times and Oklahoma News in the 1920s and 1930s, then went onto win a Pulitzer prize in 1956. Now he is president of Knight Newspapers, publisher of the Detroit Free Press and editor of the Miami Herald. No other state journalist has been more successful. He also has been national president of most professional organizations: The International Press Institute (1967-80), American Society of Newspaper Editors (1962-30), the Associated Press Managing Editors and Sigma Delta Chi (1952-30).
Joe W. McBride
JOE W. McBRIDE (1904-1972) published Oklahoma newspapers for forty years, the longest period with the Anadarko Daily News. In 1935 he formed a partnership with James C. Nance of Walters. Nonce-McBride publications eventually owned 23 newspapers, the largest group in this region. He was a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1961) and past president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1952-30). A strong supporter of journalism education at the University of Oklahoma, he was instrumental in the constructing of a new journalism building there in the 1950's.
Alice Lee Marriott
ALICE LEE MARRIOTT (1910-1992) is the most widely read woman writer Oklahoma ever produced. A specialist in ethnology, the study of living cultures, she has written twenty books and thirty-two major articles on history, folklore, biography, and personal reminiscences. Scholars rank her writing among the best of its kind, particularly the work on the cultures of American Indians. Her numerous honors range from Oklahoma Writer of the Year in 1957 to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Each year she sacrifices a portion of her writing time to pass on her skills to younger writers.
WALKER STONE (1904-1973) of Okemah rose from editorship of his college newspaper at Oklahoma State University to editor-in-chief of all Scripps-Howard newspapers. His forty years in journalism were based in Washington, starting with the Washington Daily News, but he traveled widely and interviewed many world leaders for stories of great depth and lasting quality. An editorial by Stone in 1952 is credited with sparking a more vigorous campaign by Dwight D. Eisenhower, perhaps helping him achieve Victory.
Byron L. Abernethy
BYRON L. ABERNETHY (1899-1959) Published the Duncan Banner for thirty-three years (1926-59) and reported for the Associated Press for four years. Known as a newspaperman's newspaperman, he pursued the goal of a quality newspaper, leading the way toward continuous civic betterment. He supported various campaigns for modernizing and improving the government and services of his community.
JOHN CRONLEY (1909-1972) was sports writer and editor for the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times for thirty years after working on several Nebraska newspapers. His sharp wit and high standards trained three generations of younger sports writers, who went on to top sports news jobs across the nation. His own writing ranked among the best sports copy of its day in accuracy, literary style and fairness. He is one of the all-time greats in his field.
ALVA DOPKING (1908-1992) of Fort Cobb was named to the Associated Press Hall of Fame for his four decades of outstanding reporting. He covered many of the top domestic news stories of his time - the trial of Boss Pendergast, Greenlease kidnapping, Texas City explosion, and others - and various invasions in the Pacific during World War II. A Japanese general Homma surrendered to him in Tokyo when he arrived there immediately after the war's end. He also covered the surrender aboard the USS Missouri. Both General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz gave him written commendations for his war reporting. He is now Associated Press general executive for the midwest, embracing nineteen states, including Oklahoma. He began his career in Oklahoma on the Miami News-Record, the Okmulgee Times-Democrat, Bartlesville Examiner and the Henryetta Free-Lance.
Norris G. Henthorne, Sr.
NORRIS G. HENTHORNE SR., (1891-1962) joined the Tulsa Daily World as a bookkeeper in 1913 and retired in 1960 after ten years as president and thirty-two years as editor. During that forty-seven years he also was a community, state and national leader, serving on a wide range of commissions, authorities and boards. He was president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1934), a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
FRANK McGEE (1921-1974) achieved giant stature among American broadcasters through his innovations and his human approach to news coverage. He began his career on KGFF Shawnee in 1940 and moved to WKY-TV Oklahoma City in 1950 where he did the notion's first news film coverage of a criminal trial. Moving to WSFA-TV Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, he earned notional recognition for his coverage of racial strife. The remaining seventeen years of his life he spent with the NBC national television network, moderating the first presidential candidate debates in 1960 and anchoring major news shows. Among his many awards was the 1968 Emmy for the best special events news coverage of the year.
JACK MORRIS (1921- ) became Oklahoma's first winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for television news in 1966 with an hour-long documentary on problems of "The Five Civilized Tribes." He has produced documentaries in Europe, South America and the Middle East. His thirty-four years of broadcasting began with WMBH Joplin, Missouri, and KTUL Tulsa, in 1940. He was Tulsa correspondent for the United Press and served with the Armed Forces Radio during World War II. Returning to KTUL after the war, he became news director of. KTUL-TV in 1954. He was named KTEW-TV news director in 1970. He is past president of the Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.
NED SHEPLER (1896-1967) published the Lawton Constitution for half a century and the Lawton Morning Press for eighteen of those years, building them to 30,000 circulation newspapers. His newspapers won numerous awards while he helped in the corresponding growth of Lawton and southwest Oklahoma in that same period. A member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, he was on the board of directors of the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association, president of the Associated· Press Editors of Oklahoma, and president of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Vance H. Trimble
VANCE H. TRIMBLE (1913- ) was the first state journalist to win the "triple crown" in national journalism awards for 1960 for a series of stories he wrote on nepotism and payroll abuses by members of the U.S. Congress. He won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished reporting of national affairs, the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for investigative reporting, and the Sigma Delta Chi award for significant contribution to the public's right to know. From 1928-39 he worked on newspapers at Okemah, Wewoka, Seminole, Maud, Shawnee, Muskogee, Okmulgee and Tulsa. He joined the Houston Press in 1939 and the Scripps Howard Newspaper Alliance in 1955. He has been editor of the Kentucky Post, Covington, since 1963.
HARRINGTON WIMBERLY (1900-1978) was editor and publisher of the Altus Times-Democrat from 1929 to 1966, and has published the Duncan Daily Banner since 1966. In the 1930's he also managed all the daily newspapers in Oklahoma owned by the Eugene Pulliam organization. He has received various awards for his columns and editorials, and was Oklahoma director of the Office of War Information during World War II. He helped establish radio stations KRMG in Tulsa and KSHW in Altus after the war. He is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1937), the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association
Victor F. Barnett
VICTOR F. BARNETT (1894-1968) spent half a century directing the crusading news department of the Tulsa Tribune. He was the paper's first managing editor (1920-1935), advertising manager (1935-90) and associate editor (1940-68). Some of the biggest newspaper exposes in state history came from the tough assignments he handed his reporters. A charter member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, he also was an early member of and helped build the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Tams Bixby, Jr.
TAMS BIXBY JR. (1891-1970) achieved national fame as a crusading editor and publisher of the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat for sixty years. He also was president of KBIX radio station in Muskogee and publisher of the Springfield (Mo.) News and Leader Press. His newspapers were known for their campaigns for better government and community development.
James J. Craddock
JAMES J. CRADDOCK (l904-1974) published the Weatherford News for more than forty years, setting a standard for excellence among small town newspapers. He worked as hard to build his home community and civic organizations as he did in developing his newspaper. His newspaper won sweepstakes for general excellence in Oklahoma State Fair competition and in the Oklahoma Heritage Society contests. He helped build the Oklahoma Press Association and served as its president in 1948
Earl C. Hull
EARL C. HULL (1895-1971) one of the founders of commercial radio broadcasting, established WKY in 1920 in Oklahoma City, the first radio station in Oklahoma and the third in the nation. He built the transmitter in his garage from tubes "borrowed" from the U. S. Army Signal Corps, where he learned radio broadcasting during World War I. A leader in the broadcasting field for the next fifty-five years, he operated WKY for nearly twenty years. Then he went to his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York, where he founded radio station WHLD and operated it until his death.
Otis W. Sullivant
OTIS W. SULLIVANT (1902-1974) was Oklahoma's top political reporter and columnist for forty years while covering the state capitol for the Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Times. The Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi cited him in 1963 for his "contribution to public understanding" of government. The state legislature cited his integrity and reporting skill in a joint resolution when he retired in 1967. He covered fifteen national political conventions, and ten campaigns for president, governor and the U. S. Senate.
Dr. Rex Harlow
DR. REX HARLOW (1892-deceased) a 1934 graduate of Central State University, worked on his family's nationally famous Harlow's Weekly (1915-17, 1919-36) while developing a Public Relations consultant business. He became the nation's top expert in Public Relations, working as a consultant for fifty-eight years. His forty-five published books range from eight on Public Relations to six biographies. He established the American Council on Public Relations in 1940 and served as its first president, helped set up its predecessor, The Public Relations Society of America, established the Public Relations Department of Stanford University where he was the first professor of Public Relations in America with a regular faculty appointment; and founded and served as first editor of the Public Relations Journal.
William D. Little, Sr.
WILLIAM D. LITTLE SR. (1888-1966) was one of the most powerful and frequently quoted editorial writers in Oklahoma for half a century. He won so many awards for editorial writing that an accurate count is not possible. Joining the staff of the Ada Evening News in 1914, he bought controlling interest in 1921 and served as editor and publisher for forty-five years. More than ten years before the Oklahoma Supreme Court scandals in the 1960s he crusaded against the court for decisions he considered reprehensible. He also followed a strong conviction that a responsible newspaper helps shape a community.
Edward K. Livermore, Sr.
EDWARD K. LIVERMORE SR. (1918- ), long-time champion of the importance of small town newspapers, in 1972 became the first Oklahoman to serve as president of the National Newspaper Association, largest newspaper organization in the country with 6,000 member newspapers. He was the most active president in NNA history, touring the country in behalf of the organization. He also is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1959-60). Owner and co-owner of four state newspapers (Claremore Daily Progress, Catoosa Times Herald, Sapulpa Daily Herald and the Edmond Sun-Booster), he was an outstanding publisher of the Progress from 1947 to 1959, and the Sapulpa Daily Herald since then. He also owns the Sapulpa radio station.
Lea M. Nichols
LEA M. NICHOLS (1888-1963) was a pioneer crusading Tulsa editor and pre-statehood supporter of making the Arkansas River a navigational channel to the sea. Later he became a nationally famous editor and publisher of the Bristow Record from 1905 to 1946. He helped organize the Oklahoma Press Association and later served as its president. The first Oklahoman to serve as president of the National Editorial Association, he wrote its code of ethics for small daily newspapers.
JACK BELL (1904-1975) was a reporter and city editor for the Daily Oklahoman from 1925 to 1937, the youngest city editor-at age 25-to serve the newspaper. He was chief political writer for the Associated Press from 1937 to 1969, and a political columnist for Gannett Newspapers from 1969 to his death. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he wrote four books about the Presidency. President Gerald Ford described him as "one of the best reporters I have ever known, a thorough, untiring newsman, always seeking more detail, more substance, more facts."
JOHN CASEY (1898-deceased), one of the nation's top experts in community journalism, served for more than forty years (1927-68), on the journalism faculty at the University of Oklahoma. He founded the national Future Journalists of America at OU. He began his career on his father's weekly, the Knoxville (Iowa) Express, was graduated from the University of Missouri, and taught journalism there four years. While on leave from OU he was advertising manager of the (Tokyo) Japan Advertiser, associate editor of the Trans-Pacific Magazine, and market editor of the Nashville Tennessean. He is the author of more than 100 articles in professional journals, and served on the Schools of Journalism Committee of the National Editorial Association.
Gerald "Cowboy" Curtin
GERALD "COWBOY" CURTIN (1907-1965), a country newspaper editor and publisher, trained many young journalists who went on to responsible positions in the profession. He was managing editor of the Guthrie Daily Leader (1935-37), sports writer for the Oklahoma News (1937-38), and editor and publisher of the Watonga Republican (1941-65). He was president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1952) and served the organization in many capacities.
John F. Easley
JOHN F. EASLEY (1872-1956) was a pioneer state journalist, starting his career on the Daily Ardmoreite in 1897. He purchased the nearly bankrupt newspaper in 1918 and made it a successful and high quality community daily for the next 38 years. He established a tradition of working for community growth and improvement, and opposition to corruption in public office, without sensationalism. In 1935 he established radio station KVSO of Ardmore. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame inducted him in 1937 and the University of Oklahoma selected him for its Distinguished Service Award in 1952. LOU S. ALLARD (1909-74) was an outstanding editor and co-publisher of the Drumright Derrick and Drumright Journal for more than half a century (1930-74). He also served in the state legislature for twenty-four years, co-authoring Oklahoma's present open meeting law in 1961. He was chairman of the House Investigating committee which recommended impeachment of two supreme court justices and prosecuted one of them before the state senate. For this he was honored by the Oklahoma City Press Club and the Oklahoma chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. He held offices and worked with fifteen civic organizations and was listed with six national and international Who's Who groups.
FOSTER HARRIS (1903-1978) born near Sulphur in Indian Territory, was a freelance writer of 800 articles and short stories when he helped establish the University of Oklahoma professional writing program in 1937. Graduates of the program in the next thirty-seven years published more than 400 books and 15,000 articles and stories. Harris later published two highly acclaimed books for writers. A 1925 graduate of OU, he worked for twelve years on the Daily Oklahoman, Wes-Tex Oil and Gas News in Amarillo, Western World oil and mining newspaper in Forth Worth, the Petroleum Daily in Dallas, the Fort Worth Press and the Des Moines (Iowa) Register.
Hattie Mae Lachenmeyer
HATTIE MAE LACHENMEYER (1901-1978) and her husband, O. H., worked as a team editing and publishing seven daily newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, with the Cushing Daily Citizen (1927-53) as their home newspaper. They took several employees into partnership and eventual full ownership of newspapers. One of these former partners cites their greatest contribution to journalism as the ability to operate profitable newspapers that were clean, without sensationalism, and highly respected in their communities. After her husband's death in 1953, Mrs. Lachenmeyer continued to publish the Citizen for another twelve years, and still writes a column and features for the newspaper. Among her numerous outstanding awards was the 1949 Theta Sigma Phi Matrix Table award as the woman journalist who rendered the greatest service to Oklahoma.
O. H. Lachenmeyer
O. H. LACHENMEYER (1893-1953) and his wife, Hattie Mae, worked as a team editing and publishing seven daily newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, with the Cushing Daily Citizen (1927-53) their home newspaper. They took several employees into partnership and eventual full ownership of newspapers. One of these former partners cited their greatest contribution to journalism as the ability to operate profitable newspapers that were clean, without sensationalism, and highly respected in their communities. Mr. Lachenmeyer was president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1947) and chairman of the Oklahoma Fish and Game Commission.
BRUCE PALMER (1909-1973) served as national president of the Radio-Television News Editors Association in 1965. The organization cited him in 1963 for outstanding service in television editorials. He held various Associated Press and newspaper jobs from 1930 to 1936 in Minnesota. He worked for the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times from 1936 to 1946, with time out for combat service in Europe during World War II. He was news director of WKY radio (1946-50), U.S. information officer in Ceylon (1951-52), news director of KWTV (1953-66), and news director of the Public Relations Department of Lowe Runkle advertising and public relations company (1966-73).
George H. Evans
GEORGE H. EVANS (1873-1954) became an editorial giant in the early days of Oklahoma, fighting for "single state" statehood and community betterment while editor and publisher of the Chickasha Daily Express for fifty years (1903-53). His campaigning earned him a spot as one of the state delegates to call on President Theodore Roosevelt and Congress in support of "single state" statehood. A founder of Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, he served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1907-08).
James J. Kilpatrick
JAMES J. KILPATRICK (1920- ) is considered one of the top ten syndicated columnists in the nation. Native of Oklahoma City and a leading spokesman for conservatives, he worked on the Richmond (Va.) News Leader (1941-67), He has been a nationally syndicated columnist since 1964 and a national television network political commentator since 1962. The author of five books, he holds the University of Missouri School of Journalism Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism (1953). He has been chairman of the National Conference of Editorial Writers (1953-56) and holds the Outstanding Editorial Writer Award of The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (1954).
WAUHILLAU LAHAY (1909-1992) gained national fame as a Washington columnist for Scripps-Howard newspapers (1963-75), as the first Oklahoman to serve as president of the Washington Press Club (1973-74) and as the first woman on the governing board of Scripps-Howard Broadcasting. Starting her career on the Muskogee Daily Phoenix in 1924, she worked for the Oklahoma Publishing Co. (1928-41) as a reporter and columnist for the Oklahoman and Times, and as a broadcaster for WKY radio. She is listed in Who's Who in America.
Richard Gamble Miller
RICHARD GAMBLE MILLER (1890-1970) was an outstanding reporter for the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times for 48 years (1920-68), gaining his greatest fame for his column "The Smoking Room" by RGM from 1935 to 1968. He traveled 400,000 miles back and forth across Oklahoma to get material for his column, visiting every county and town while becoming the state's undisputed champion booster and ambassador. His book, See and Know Oklahoma, sold 175,000 copies.
HARMON PHILLIPS (1904-1975) was a Tulsa Tribune newsman for nearly 50 years, starting as a reporter (1927), then to city editor (1937), managing editor (1944), executive editor (1968) and assistant publisher (1974). Under his guidance the Tribune gained a national reputation for outstanding local news coverage. He was founder of the Tulsa Press Club and its president for three terms, and twice served as president of the Oklahoma Press Managing Editors.
H. Milt Phillips
H. MILT PHILLIPS (1898-1979) has been an outstanding Oklahoma journalist for more than fifty years and publisher of the Seminole Producer since 1946. He is a widely quoted editorial writer, campaigning for civic projects and honesty in government while serving as president, chairman or commander of 20 civic, professional and veterans organizations. He edited the Oklahoma Legionnaire from 1930 to 1943 while serving as Department Adjutant for the American Legion, was president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1953-54) and OPA treasurer for the past ten years.
Corbin Mark Sarchet
CORBIN MARK SARCHET (1877-1971) earned the title "dean of Oklahoma newsmen" during a 60-year career that started with the Daily State Capital at Guthrie (1899-04). He became one of the best-known state newsmen during his free-lance journalist years (1904-13), especially while covering the constitutional convention (1907) for the Daily Oklahoman, and for his coverage of Ponca City news for the Oklahoman (1919-34). He held various public relations and chamber of commerce jobs, and published the Shamrock Brogue while promoting the building of that city. He is credited with writing more feature and news stories about Oklahoma and Oklahomans than any other journalist.
FROSTY TROY (1933- ) has won fifteen state and national awards for journalistic excellence during more than twenty years work on state newspapers, plus nomination for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in mental health. He worked on various state newspapers, including thirteen years on the Tulsa Tribune (1957-70) where he rose to associate editor. He was named Oklahoma Newsman of the Year for breaking a road oil scandal in 1965. His copy has been reprinted in various national magazines, such as Time, True and Newsweek. He has owned and published the Oklahoma Observer since 1970.
Paul R. Wade
PAUL R. WADE (1907-1972) built the Elk City Daily News into a three-time state fair sweepstakes winner by following the creed that "no city is more productive than the newspaper that serves it." He published the paper for 28 years (1934-72), learning his craft from the newspaper giants in the Eugene Pulliam publishing organization. His newspaper also was one of the first to use offset printing and the cold-type composition process. It once was selected as the best newspaper in the southwest by the U. S. Soil Conservation Service.
EDWARD AUSTIN (1897-1975) worked on newspapers in Frederick, Oklahoma City, Chicago and Milwaukee before joining the Scripts-Howard newspaper organization in Cleveland (1928). He became managing editor for both the San Diego Evening Tribune and Morning Union of Copley Newspapers in 1938. He rose to executive editor of all seventeen Copley newspapers, retiring in 1950.
Harold R. Belknap
HAROLD R. BELKNAP (1904-1975) for more than fifty years helped build the Norman Transcript into one of the top daily newspapers in Oklahoma, a consistent award winner for excellence in state fair competition. He has been editor and publisher since 1969. A trustee for the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, he also is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1973-74).
Edgar T. Bell
EDGAR T. BELL (1893-1972) came to Oklahoma City in 1915 as advertising manager of the Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman. Ten years later he became general manager for the Oklahoma Publishing Co. and WKY radio, which he helped found. He retired from OPUBCO after thirty-three years and became' station manager for KTOK (1950-53). Then he helped found Oklahoma City's second Television station, KWTV, in 1953. He was vice president and general manager until his second retirement in 1968.
Fred G. Cowles
FRED G. COWLES (1866-1949) was a newspaperman for 63 years, 31 of them as publisher of the McAlester News Capital (1918-49), until his death at the age of 83. The standard of his management system was community service and the use of much of his profits to update the equipment of his newspapers in order to continually offer a quality newspaper to McAlester. The third generation of his family continues to operate the News Capital with his devotion to community service.
TRAVIS HENSLEY (1851-1944) was a double pioneer of Oklahoma Journalism. He made the run into the state when the Cheyenne-Arapaho lands were opened for settlement in 1892, established the first newspaper in the territory, the El Reno Democrat. The following year he established the first newspaper, The Westside Democrat of Enid, in the Cherokee Outlet the day the territory was opened for settlement. He also established Hensley's Magazine (1903) and the People's Press in EI Reno. A founder of the Oklahoma Press Association, he was its sixth president. He also served in both houses of the Oklahoma legislature, and was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1934.
GEORGE HILL (1915-1994) ranks among the all-time greats of Oklahoma country editors, with more than forty years as editor and publisher. He worked on the Ardmore Morning Democrat, Ada Bulletin, and Johnston County Capital-Democrat in the 1930's. After World War II service he became co-publisher and editor of the Capital-Democrat (1946-48) and has published the Coalgate Record-Register since 1949. The Record-Register has won more than 50 awards in the annual state fair newspaper competition, averaging two a year, more in editorial writing than any other category. He was president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1956-57). A country editor by choice, he spent his life being one of the best.
Donald W. Reynolds
DONALD W. REYNOLDS (1906-1993), one of the nation's most successful group newspaper publishers for nearly four decades, publishes thirty-one daily newspapers in eight states, twelve of them in Oklahoma. His Donrey company also owns eight radio stations. Best known of his group is his Fort Smith (Ark) Southwest Times. His Oklahoma newspapers include the Okmulgee Times, Bartlesville Examiner, Blackwell Journal-Tribune, Chickasha Daily Express, Guthrie Daily Leader, Pawhuska Journal-Capital, Guymon Daily Herald, Pauls Valley Democrat, Wewoka Times, Holdenville Daily News, and Henryetta Daily Democrat.
Ernest J. "Ernie" Schultz
ERNEST J. "ERNIE" SCHULTZ (1930- ) became national president of the Radio Television News Directors Assoc. (1977-78) by the double route of a quarter-century of outstanding work as a television newsman and service to his various professional organizations. A 1951 Phi Delta Kappa graduate in radio news from the Univ. of Okla., he served 3 years as an officer with the U.S. Army in Korea. He began his broadcasting career with KGEO-TV in Enid (now KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City) in 1954. Since 1955 he has been with KTVY (formerly WKY-TV) in Oklahoma City as a reporter-photographer (1955-62), news director (1962-71), and director of information in charge of all non-entertainment programming (since 1970). He is past president of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters and the Oklahoma City professional chapter of SPJ, SDX.
TRAVIS WALSH (1924-1976) worked on Texas newspapers and for the Associated Press before joining the Tulsa Daily World in 1946. For twenty years he worked as state capitol and Washington correspondent, editorial writer and managing editor. In 1974 he served as president of the Oklahoma Associated Press Managing Editors, and the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of SPJ, SDX. Twice the National Conference of Christians and Jews presented him with awards for his activities in Human Relations. In 1972 he received the Beachy Musselman Award of the Oklahoma Press Association for outstanding contributions to newspaper journalism.
Harry S. Culver
HARRY S. CULVER (1922-2005) is international vice president-at-Iarge for the Newspaper Guild. He served four terms as secretary-treasurer and two terms as president of the Wire Service Guild. A native of Chickasha, he worked on the Anadarko Daily News (1947-48) and the Shawnee News-Star (1948-49) before joining United Press (now United Press International) in 1950. He has headed the UPI Statehouse Bureau in Oklahoma City since 1957, earning the praise of legislators and state officials for his accuracy and fairness in reporting. He has received two state and one national award for excellence in governmental and education reporting.
PHIL DESSAUER (1918-1997) is only the second Oklahoman to serve as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, doing so after nearly four decades of service to the organization. A BA and MA (1939) graduate of the University of Missouri, he worked on the Daily Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times and United Press for fifteen years before going to the Tulsa Daily World in 1954. He was capitol correspondent for five years, editorial writer, associate editor and columnist for fifteen years, and became managing editor in 1976. He syndicates two daily newspaper columns and is the author of a book on Oklahoma government.
Ray J. Dyer
RAY J. DYER (1899-1992) former manager (1932-34) and president (1955-56) of the Oklahoma Press Association, ranks among the top newspaper editors and publishers of the state. He worked on newspapers in Kansas and Missouri before coming to the Oklahoma City Times as telegraph editor (1925-26). He was managing editor of the Oklahoma News from 1926 to 1928. As editor and publisher of the EI Reno Tribune since 1934, he has received a wide range of awards, and honors.
JOHN FISCHER (1910-1978) ranked among the top magazine editors in the nation during his 34 years with Harper's magazine as editor (1944-52), editor-in-chief (1953-67), and contributing editor (1967-78). A native of Texhoma, he worked on the Daily Oklahoman (1928-32), with United Press while a Rhodes Scholar (1933-35), and the Associated Press Washington Bureau (1935-37). He also is the author of four published books.
S. Edward Lee
S. EDWARD LEE (1886-deceased) founded the Harper County Journal at Buffalo nearly sixty years ago, and still publishes the newspaper at the age of ninety-three. The paper holds countless state fair awards for excellence. He is the epitome of the country editor and publisher who works as long and hard for community betterment as he does for his own business. He helped develop every civic and youth program in his county, plus others statewide. A former president of the Oklahoma Press Association (1940-43) he helped get the "honest mistake" law passed in Oklahoma to protect the press.
CHARLES LONG (1938 - ) achieved national prominence as news editor (1967-71) and editor (1971- ) of The Quill, award-winning national magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. He is the first Oklahoman to edit this publication. His success earned him selection to Who's Who in America. A 1961 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he is the author of a history of the university, With Optimism for the Morrow, while editor of Sooner Magazine (1963-66). He also worked on the San Angelo Standard-Times (1961-62) and the Norman Transcript (1962-63).
Earl H. Richert
EARL H. RICHERT (1914- ) went from the lowest to the highest job with Scripps-Howard Newspapers during his forty-three years with the company. These range from copy boy for the Oklahoma News (1936-37) to editor (1959-69) and editor-in-chief (since 1969) for all 18 of the company's newspapers. Reared in Blaine County, Okla., he was graduated from OSU in 1936. He worked on various newspapers and the Washington Bureau of Scripps-Howard. In 1951 he became Scripps-Howard's youngest editor at the age of 37 when he took over the Evansville (lnd.) Press.
James H. "Jimmie" Baker
JAMES H. "JIMMIE" BAKER (1920-2003) has received two Emmy Awards and nominations for ten others during his thirty years as a producer and director for ABC-TV. A native of Tulsa, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, he started in radio broadcasting in Kansas late in 1942, directed the 11th Air Force Band during World War II and worked on KSPI radio in Stillwater in 1946-47, WKY radio in j 947-48 and ABC radio in 1948-49.
JAQUES DELIER (1919- ) president and general manager of KWTV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, tops all state broadcasters in awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for his television editorials. He joined KWTV in 1954 and worked up to the presidency through the advertising department. He is past vice president of Oklahoma City Broadcasters Association and president of the Oklahoma Telecasters Association.
E. L. Goodwin
E. L. GOODWIN (1902-1978) editor and publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle of Tulsa for four decades, earned national respect with his life-long campaign for civil and human rights. His newspaper, the voice of black people in the Tulsa area, reached far beyond its intended market to influence both state and nation. His editorial voice often was neither popular nor safe, but he fought for equality with tenacity and courage.
J. Leland Gourley
J. LELAND GOURLEY (1919- ) achieved national prominence as editor and publisher of the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance. The paper won sweepstakes of the Oklahoma Press Association thirteen years as the best small city newspaper in the state. He was the first columnist to win the Best Editorial of the Year award two years in a row (1954-55) in OPA competition. He led the crusade that exposed Wagoner County election scandals and was the first to expose corruption in the Supreme Court. In 1974 he launched a new suburban newspaper, Friday, serving The Village and Nichols Hills. Within a year it was the largest paid circulation weekly newspaper in Oklahoma. It won two national awards and three OPA annual sweepstakes awards for large weekly newspapers.
Bob Lee Kidd, Jr.
BOB LEE KIDD, JR. (1914-1986) has published the prize-winning Poteau News and LeFlore County Sun for 32 years. A member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half-Century Club for 50 years in state newspaper work, he has been active in the OPA for 40 years, working on nearly every committee. He was president in J964-65. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he also worked on newspapers in Anadarko, Guthrie, Altus and Alva.
Willis A. Lansden
WILLIS A. LANSDEN (1912-1986) typifies the country editor who builds both a community and its newspaper. He began work on the Beaver (OK) Herald Democrat in 1937, purchased it in 1944, and made it into one of the state's best community newspapers. He served on numerous local and regional leadership boards and groups. He was president of the Northwest Oklahoma Press in 195758 and the Oklahoma Press Association in 1968-69.
SAVOIE LOTTINVILLE (1906-1997) developed the University of Oklahoma Press into the nation's best regional book publisher during his 29 years as director (1938-67). He developed three of the four outstanding collections of the press and edited the fourth. The building housing the press is named for him. He was a Rhodes Scholar, a Phi Beta Kappa, a reporter for the Oklahoma City Times and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
DALE McCONATHY (1938-1989) is ranked one of the top editors and consultants of American magazines, after 20 years of editing such publications as Time, Vogue, McCall's, Harper's Bazaar, Aperature, and others. Among his seventeen published books and monograms is Hollywood Costume, honored in 1979 with inclusion in the Moscow Book Fair by a group of prominent international writers as the best American book of the 1970's. A native of McAlester, he holds degrees from Central State University and the University of Oklahoma.
P. A. "Buddy" Sugg
P. A. "BUDDY" SUGG (1908-1976) provided the leadership that developed Oklahoma's first television station, WKTTV. During his ten years with the Oklahoma Publishing Co. he was manager of WKY radio (l946-49), first manager of WKY-TV (1949-56), and a director of OPUBCO (1953-56). Prior to World War II he worked for the National Broadcasting Company. During the war he won decorations from the U. S. Navy. He returned to NBC after leaving OPUBCO and became vice president (1958· 62) and a member of the board of directors (1960-62).
Jo O. Ferguson
JO O. FERGUSON (1889-1982) is another of the editorial giants coming from the ranks of community newspapers in Oklahoma. A state editor and publisher for more than 50 years, he still writes editorials for the Pawnee Chief "even from a hospital bed, if necessary." His editorials championed equal rights and conservation long before either were popular causes. Starting with the Willow Spring News in 1911, he founded three other state newspapers, the Pawnee Courier-Dispatch in 1922, the Cleveland American in 1931 and the Pawnee Chief in 1941. He also published the Vinita Star and Ripley Review while publishing the Cleveland and Pawnee newspapers. Long active in the Republican party, he came within a few hundred votes of election to governor in 1950.
ALLAN MUCHMORE (1915-1997) is the first person to ever serve as president of both major news media organizations, the Oklahoma Press Association and the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association. This double honor came from the high regard accorded him by both newspaper and broadcast professions. He is a partner in the Ponca City Daily News and WBBZ radio station in Ponca City. He devotes much of his time to community affairs, earning him the 1975 "Outstanding Citizen" award of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce.
LILIAN NEWBY (1943-1991) earned a prominent place in Oklahoma journalism history when she led the long and successful fight for a state shield law passed in 1974. A past president of the Oklahoma City professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, she worked on the Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Times, Shawnee News-Star and Daily Ardmoreite, followed by four years as capitol correspondent for the Tulsa Tribune. She has been a congressional press secretary since 1977.
Robert V. Peterson
ROBERT V. PETERSON (1904-1986) achieved success in four separate areas of journalism. He first distinguished himself with the Associated Press wire service, then as publisher of the Wewoka Times-Democrat and the Norman Transcript, as owner of the Durant radio station and as a distinguished professor of journalism at the University of Oklahoma for 22 years. He also was co-owner of the Durant Daily Democrat, Sulphur Times-Democrat, and the Capitol Hill Beacon. He served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1943-44.
Harry B. Rutledge
HARRY B. RUTLEDGE (1900-1980) was one of the early graduates of the world's first journalism school at the University of Missouri. He was the first full-time manager of the Oklahoma Press Association (1928-32), developing it into a major organization of state journalism. He also originated the Oklahoma Newspaper Contest as part of the state fair each year. The National Editorial Association also developed into a major national organization under his management (1932-36). He returned to Oklahoma in 1942 for various public relations and educational publishing jobs, retiring in 1976.
C. Ray Shaw
C. RAY SHAW (1934- ) began his career on the Oklahoma City Times while a student at the University of Oklahoma in the early 1950's. He worked with the Associated Press (1957-60) in Oklahoma City, Louisville and New York, the latter as news feature editor. He has been with Dow Jones publications and news services since 1960. Starting on the Wall Street Journal in 1960, he became managing editor of its Southwest Edition in Dallas in 1963. When the AP and Dow Jones joined to form a foreign business wire service in 1966, Shaw was named managing editor. In 1971 he moved up to assistant general manager of Dow Jones, vice president in 1973, executive vice president in 1977 and president in 1979. He also is director of Ottaway Newspapers, publishers of 20 general circulation dailies and nine Sunday newspapers.
GLENN SHIRLEY (1916- ) is one of Oklahoma's most prolific professional writers, with fifteen published books and 800 articles and short stories published in 100 different magazines. Among his books are LAW WEST OF FORT SMITH and PAWNEE BILL, both reprinted for two decades. He is co-founder and past president of the Oklahoma Writers Federation and an officer of a wide range of writer and historian groups. A retired Stillwater police captain (1936-57), he is a prominent lecturer at writing short courses. For ten years (1969-79) he was publications specialist and assistant director of the Oklahoma State University Press.
John R. "Jack" Dyer
JOHN R. "JACK" DYER (1931-1981) served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association, the Oklahoma AP Managing Editors, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, and the EI Reno Chamber of Commerce. After two years in the military, he was a reporter for a year at the Elk City News and then joined his father's newspaper, the EI Reno Tribune, in 1956. He became the paper's editor in 1966 and was named co-publisher ten years later, retaining the title of editor.
Ralph "Waldo" Ellison
RALPH "WALDO" ELLISON (1914-1994) began writing seriously in 1939 and is the author of short stories and essays in various journals and magazines. His 1952 novel, Invisible Man, won the National Book Award in 1953. In 1965, a poll of authors, critics and editors judged that novel "the most distinguished single work" published in the last 20 years. President Johnson gave him a Medal of Freedom in 1969. Ellison, born and reared in Oklahoma City, holds honorary degrees from twelve colleges and universities, and his numerous other awards, affiliations and trusteeships attest to his stature as a writer. He has taught and lectured at institutions throughout this country and Europe and is now professor emeritus of the humanities at New York University.
Frank Hilton Greer
FRANK HILTON GREER (1862-1933) organized the State Capital Company in 1889 and published three issues of the Oklahoma State Capital from Winfield, Kansas, before the April 22 Land Run. Upon moving to Guthrie at that time, he published three newspapers, the Daily State Capital, which was the official newspaper of Oklahoma Territory, as well as the Weekly State Capital and the Oklahoma Farmer. His printing company, the first in the state to buy a Linotype machine, printed many business and legal forms as well as books. He was a charter member and co-founder of the Oklahoma Territorial Press Association and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Greer designed the official Territorial Seal, which is now the center of the State Seal of Oklahoma.
C. Joe Holland
C. JOE HOLLAND (1915-2007) retired in 1981 after a forty-year association with the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, including nine years as the school's director. His career in journalism goes back to 1934, when he began work on the Blackwell Journal-Tribune. Dr. Holland, with the title- of professor emeritus of journalism, has an office in OU's journalism building and advises students and confers with faculty on an informal daily basis. Upon Holland's retirement, OU president emeritus Dr. George L. Cross said of him, "He has helped shape the futures of hundreds of young people who are as appreciative of him as I am."
James Clark Nance
JAMES CLARK NANCE (1893-1984) is widely recognized as one of Oklahoma's most influential legislators and publishers. Born and reared in Arkansas, he owned an interest in a number of Oklahoma newspapers and has been publisher of the Purcell Register since 1935. Nance served nearly 40 years in the Oklahoma Legislature and was the only person to be both Senate pro tempore and Speaker of the House. He was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1933 and was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1953. He has written many legislative laws, including the "Honest Mistake Law," which have given strength to Oklahoma newspapers and have been models for newspaper laws across the country.
Leslie Gordon Niblack
LESLIE GORDON NIBLACK (1873-1948) was one of the state's most prominent early-day journalists. An Indiana native, Niblack worked briefly for Chicago and Kentucky papers before becoming editor of the influential Guthrie Daily Leader in 1894. During the 31 years as Leader editor, he served in a variety of positions, including Democratic national committeeman, board member of the Oklahoma Historical Society, president of the Oklahoma Press Association, member of the Territorial Legislature and delegate to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I. He administered the oath of office to Gov. C. N. Haskell in 1907 and married Haskell's daughter in 1909.
Thomas R. Phillips
THOMAS R. PHILLIPS (1900-1956) founded the Holdenville Daily News in 1927 and published it until his death. He also joined his brother Milt in buying the Seminole Daily Producer, the Wewoka Daily Times and Wewoka Capitol Democrat. He was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1941 and was active in a number of state and local organizations, including nine years on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. He was an early promoter of United Press (now named United Press International) in Oklahoma. That news wire service gives the Tom R. Phillips Award annually in recognition of service to UPI. Phillips took the offensive in several stormy and effective editorial crusades.
Edyth Thomas Wallace
EDYTH THOMAS WALLACE (1880-1975) started writing a nationally syndicated column in 1930 and continued it for 36 years. Called "Points for Parents," the column was carried in 60 papers in the United States, Canada and Cuba. She wrote a book with the same name as her column. Mrs. Wallace, a native of Iowa, came to Ardmore in 1927 and to Oklahoma City in 1935. She became home counselor for Oklahoma Publishing Company in 1939, writing a daily column entitled "Our Homes," articles for Farmer-Stockman and a weekly radio program for WKY.
Lyndell Newton Williams
LYNDELL NEWTON WILLIAMS (1923-2007) is executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, the nation's largest press association. A native of Newcastle, Oklahoma, he held a number of posts, including assistant publisher, on the Holdenville Daily News before becoming assistant manager of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1961. Upon his leaving for Austin to head the TPA thirteen years later, an Oklahoma publisher wrote, "He's the only man we know who can see the light at the end of the tunnel when it's midnight and there's no moon."
Allan W. Cromley
ALLAN W. CROMLEY (1922- ) is the dean of Oklahoma newsmen in Washington. As chief of the Washington Bureau of The Daily Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Times for the past 30 years, Cromley has kept Oklahomans abreast of national affairs as they affect the state. He has covered 12 national political conventions and was in the motorcade when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. One of the nation's most respected Washington correspondents. He has served as president of the National Press Club and the Washington Gridiron Club.
Harry E. Heath, Jr.
HARRY E. HEATH JR. (1919-1996) was director of the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting from 1967 until 1982, when he asked to be assigned to fulltime teaching. During that span, the school grew from 200 to 750 majors. Dr. Heath has worked to improve journalism education in Oklahoma through the nurturing of internship programs with newspapers, radio, television, public relations organizations and advertising agencies. He has taught in a number of other universities, has worked on daily newspapers and in television, has done Army public relations work and has been co-author of three books.
N. G. (Bill) Henthorne, Jr.
N. G. (BILL) HENTHORNE JR. (1915-1973) was born within sight of The Tulsa World and devoted much of his adult life to the paper. He began work there while he was a high school student and was associate editor at the time of retirement. He was active in the Oklahoma Press Association and served as president of the Oklahoma United Press International Editors. Henthorne was president of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce in 1967 and was chairman of that group's Highway Committee for 15 years. A resolution by the Oklahoma House of Representatives named Tulsa's inner dispersal loop the Bill Henthorne Expressway.
Roy Temple House
ROY TEMPLE HOUSE (1878-1963) founded the international literary quarterly Books Abroad in 1927 during his long tenure on the University of Oklahoma faculty. He was chairman of the OU modern languages department from 1918 until 1942. Dr. House's eminence as a scholar and linguist was recognized both in this country and abroad. The author of several books, he was translator of numerous foreign plays and contributed critical articles, book reviews and translations to some of this country's most prominent newspapers and other periodicals. His honors in the United States and elsewhere are far too numerous to list.
J. L. Jennings
J. L. JENNINGS (1915- ) retired in 1982 as vice president of the Donrey Media Group's central newspaper division after 32 years with Donrey and 57 years in the newspaper business. He started as a 1O-year-old carrier for the Oklahoman and Times in Cordell. Jennings was instrumental in establishing Donrey's Washington Bureau. which provides coverage for all Donrey companies. He has been president of the Oklahoma Press Association, the United Press International Editors of Oklahoma and the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce. He still is active as a consultant for Donrey, as a civic leader in Bartlesville and as a member of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission.
N. Beachey Musselman
N. BEACHEY MUSSELMAN (1897-1963) was a consistent winner of editorial writing awards, and his column, "Beach nuts and Newsbeams" also won recognition many times in various state and national contests. At the time of his death, Musselman was editor and manager of the Shawnee News-Star, which he had managed since 1945. He was also a member of the state's Board of Regents for Higher Education and had been president of the Oklahoma Press Association. He was active in other publishing and journalism organizations and was a leader in various civic and community organizations in Shawnee.
RAY TASSIN (1926- ) took charge of Central State University's journalism program in 1961 when it had only a journalism minor and 50 students. Under his direction the department has expanded to two baccalaureate and two masters degrees with 900 students. Dr. Tassin has worked on daily newspapers in three states and was owner, editor and publisher of The Konawa Leader 1953-56. He is author of five books and 600 articles in magazines and Sunday newspaper magazine supplements. After serving in the Navy in World War II. Tassin rose to commander in the Naval Reserve and holds seven campaign medals, 14 battle stars and 11 letters of commendation.
Vivian E. Vahlberg
VIVIAN E. VAHLBERG (1948- ) brought honor to her state when President Reagan installed her in 1982 as the first woman president of the prestigious National Press Club. As assistant Washington Bureau chief for The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, she has covered a wide range of stories both in and out of Washington, from the Supreme Court to Congress to the White House and from national political campaigns to offset oil drilling near Norway. She was born and reared in Oklahoma City and attended Rice and Northwestern universities.
Robert B. Allen
ROBERT B. ALLEN (1914-1982) crisscrossed the state fifteen years as a roving reporter for The Oklahoman and Times, becoming one of the best-known personalities in Oklahoma journalism. Even after retirement in 1979, he continued to cover special assignments for the papers. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Cushing Daily Citizen, for papers in Texas and for the Norman Transcript. He was known as a newsman who kept fairness and accuracy as constant goals. HUGH C. HALL (1906- ), known as "Cousin Hugh," held one of Oklahoma's best-known bylines. He spent 14 years on the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance and nearly 32 years on the Oklahoma City Times, where he served as city reporter, city editor and Capitol reporter until retirement in 1971. He also was an attorney and served 1934-38 on the Henryetta City Council. Hall volunteered for the Seabees in World War II and served two years in the South Pacific.
Ralph E. Cain, Sr.
RALPH E. CAIN, SR. (1898-1968) was one of Oklahoma's leading authorities on community newspapers. Under his direction for 30 years, the Vici Beacon won many awards for craftsmanship and editorial content. In later years, he owned the Yale News, was press secretary for Congressman Victor Wickersham in Washington, founded the Vici News and served as news editor for the Oklahoma Publisher. He used his energy and journalistic talent to build his community and state.
O. B. Campbell
O. B. CAMPBELL (1905-1992) was editor and publisher of the Vinita Daily Journal, 1935-69, and was known as a tireless worker for his community and Eastern Oklahoma. He earlier was associated with papers in Medford and Perry. Campbell founded the Eastern Trails Museum and remains its curator and also founded the Craig County Historical Society. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1971. An author of historical books, he has received many community, regional and state awards.
Wesley K. Leatherock
WESLEY K. LEATHEROCK (1897-1949) was widely known in the Southwest for his work in newspaper associations, American Legion and Rotary. He was publisher of the Perry Daily Journal in 1924-27 and 1933-49. Founder of the Clinton Daily News in 1927, he at various times owned other papers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Leatherock's aggressive civic work resulted in Perry's city athletic stadium, lake and airfield.
S. George Little
S. GEORGE LITTLE (1903-1974) founded General Features Corp. in 1939 and was board chairman and publisher 28 years. He also was publisher of ten newspapers on Long Island, N.Y. and author of two books. During World War II, Little was special consultant to the secretary of the treasury in national war bond promotions. A 1921 graduate of Central State College in Ada, he was reporter and assistant sports editor for the Ada Daily News while in college and afterward was advertising manager. He later worked for The Daily Oklahoman and a number of other papers.
CLYDE MUCHMORE (1884-1959) published The Ponca City News for forty years and was one of Oklahoma's best-known newspapermen. The paper and Ponca City were small when he went there in 1919, and he gave impetus to the growth of both. Muchmore was active in a number of organizations and was treasurer of the Oklahoma Society of Crippled Children at the time of his death. The paper, under his direction, won state fair sweepstakes awards in 1937 and 1950.
Stella M. Roberts
STELLA M. ROBERTS (1922-deceased) became the first woman elected national secretary treasurer of the Wire Service Guild, representing 2,200 employees of the Associated Press International. Early in her career, she worked a year for the Okemah Leader and then joined the AP in 1945, working in the Oklahoma City Bureau and the Capitol Bureau the next 31 years. Her work has won a number of awards. Since 1976, she has been public information director for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Sidney J. Steen
SIDNEY J. STEEN (1908-1992) was a journalist in Oklahoma for more than half a century, most of the time on the Tulsa World, where he rose to executive editor. He earlier worked for the Arkansas Gazette, Okmulgee Times and Tulsa Tribune. He and some tipsters caused the indictment and conviction of a police commissioner, a police chief and six police officers in a payoff scheme in which bootleggers were being forced to pay for police protection. In 1970, he engineered the recovery of the body of bootleg queen, Cleo Epps.
JACK BICKHAM (1930-1997) displays amazing energy as a prolific writer and highly regarded educator. With 61 published novels to his credit including westerns, mysteries, comedies and science fiction - he has a great deal to offer his writing students at the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, where he has taught since 1969. Before joining the OU faculty, Bickham worked for a number of Oklahoma newspapers as a prizewinning writer and editor.
ED BURCHFIEL (1911-1999) is recognized as a civic leader as well as an innovative publisher who is credited with introducing offset printing to daily newspapers in Oklahoma. Starting his journalism career as a copy boy for the Tulsa World in the late 1920s, he has been a writer, editor and publisher of a number of papers since that time and still is active as publisher of the Cordell Beacon, which he bought in 1969. Burchfiel's countless hours of work for his state and community have earned him a number of honors and a great deal of respect.
ROY BUTTERBAUGH (1898-1971) published the Cimarron News of Boise City for 40 years, 1926-66, making it a strong voice for community development and improvement. Since it was the only newspaper in the county, he felt a special obligation to publish all sides of the news. In 1969-70, Butterbaugh was governor of Rotary International District 569. He was choir director of his church for more than 30 years and was honored by many organizations for his numerous contributions to his community. After his retirement, he published a 144-page history of Cimarron County.
James J. Downing
JAMES J. DOWNING (1914-81) entered journalism in his native state of Missouri at age 19 and then worked 15 years for United Press before buying an Ohio newspaper, the Sharon Spectator. He spent 15 years on the Tulsa Tribune as an editor and columnist, traveling to 40 countries, before becoming editor of the Bixby Bulletin, in which capacity he served twice. His free-lance output was impressive, and he was author of four novels.
Charles E. Engleman
CHARLES E. ENGLEMAN (1911-2003) has devoted half a century to Oklahoma newspapers and to journalism education. Forty-five of those years have been spent as editor and publisher of the Clinton Daily News. Engleman was named "Benefactor of the Year" by the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism in 1978 and was presented the 1982 Milt Phillips Award for Excellence in newspaper journalism by the Oklahoma Press Association. He has been part owner of several other daily and weekly newspapers and yet has found time to serve in a number of civic capacities, including the presidency of the OU Board of Regents.
DON FERRELL (1929- ) has devoted energy to a variety of interests in addition to journalism. He has owned and worked for a number of Oklahoma newspapers and has been publisher of the Chandler Lincoln County News since 1962. As a state senator, 1966-74, he was author of the Shield Law and was minority leader in 1972-74. He was a press secretary to Gov. Henry Bellman and later was a special assistant when Bellman was in the U.S. Senate. Ferrell served in the Air Force and Air National Guard before retiring as colonel and has been active in the Oklahoma Press Association, serving this year as president.
Robert L. Kidd, Sr.
ROBERT L KIDD SR. (1876-1959) founded the Spiro Times as the first newspaper in that town and went on to become publisher and owner of the Poteau News. He wrote a weekly column, "Down Memory Lane," for many years and was well known as an editorial writer. The year before his death, he was honored by the Oklahoma Press Association for 50 years of service in newspapering in Oklahoma. He was OPA vice president in 1927 and was active in political and civic affairs.
J. Nelson Taylor
J. NELSON TAYLOR (1900-1992) has been recognized as an outstanding reporter of governmental news. He spent 20 years on the Tulsa World and another 20 on the Oklahoman and Times and also worked for other papers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, including six years on the Oklahoma Journal. He was one of the reporters who covered the Pretty Boy Floyd story in the early 1930s. Taylor, in being recognized in 1971 as the Sigma Delta Chi Newsman of the Year, was cited "for his high quality day-to-day reporting of county government" and for "professionalism ... through objective reporting and pursuit of accuracy."
Howard M. Wilson
HOWARD M. WILSON (1916-2005) is known for his high standards of ethics and accuracy and his expertise as an oil writer and Oklahoma political and legislative reporter. He has worked for the New York Civil Service Leader and a number of Oklahoma newspapers, including the Tulsa World and Oklahoman and Times, and spent 1948-57 with the United Press and 1957-81 with the Oil and Gas Journal, where he was Gulf Coast editor, 1958-70, and West Coast editor, 1970-81. Since 1981, Wilson has been a partner in the Capitol News Bureau in Oklahoma City.
GLEN BAYLESS (1916-1989) began reporting for the Oklahoma News in 1938 and left the state the next year to begin a long career, much of it in Washington, as a United Press reporter and as a writer and editor for Newsweek and Business Week. He did public relations work before joining the business news department of the Dally Oklahoman in 1972. A native of Sapulpa, Bayless is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Edith Walker Forbes
EDITH WALKER FORBES (1901-84) showed a determination in publishing - putting out the Times-Record in Gotebo by herself until she died at 83 - that seldom has been equaled. Born in Fleetwood, Oklahoma, she taught in Oklahoma and the Philippines until she and her husband, Raymond Forbes, started publishing weeklies in the 193Os. For six years before her death, she did all the work on the Gotebo paper, from writing to typesetting, from running the press to folding and from addressing to mailing. She quietly gave time and money to community needs but refused interviews, even when asked by the NBC television network.
Richard L. Jones, Jr.
RICHARD L. JONES, JR. (1909-1982) combined a long journalism career with civic activities. He was president of the Tulsa Tribune for 30 years, president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, chairman of the Bureau of Advertising of the American Newspaper Publisher's Association and a director of the Associated Press. His civic work included 30 years on the Tulsa Airport Authority, including 16 as chairman, and a place on the board of directors of the 196465 New York World's Fair. A pilot, Jones was a member of the board of Douglas Aircraft and later McDonnell Douglas Aircraft.
WALLACE KIDD (1915-1986) has held an impressive number of positions in journalism and in state and community civic affairs. He spent much of his career on the Anadarko Dally News, serving as editor and co-publisher after holding several other posts on the paper. He has been president of the Oklahoma Press Association and of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. A listing of his other activities on behalf of his city, state and nation would require pages of space.
Edward F. Montgomery
EDWARD F. MONTGOMERY (1918- 2009) has devoted almost half a century as a highly respected writer and editor, most of it in Oklahoma. Born in Missouri, he is a 1940 journalism graduate of the University of Missouri and first worked for the Shelby County Herald in that state. Following World War II service as a bombardier and navigator, he worked for Bartlesville and Clinton papers. From 1950 to 1981, he was on the staff of the Dally Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times and Farmer-Stockman, except for three years on the Norman Transcript. He has been Oklahoman city editor and Capital Bureau head. Now a columnist for the Capital News Bureau, he has written fiction for the Saturday Evening Post and Argosy.
James L. "Jim" Pate
JAMES L. "JIM" PATE (1932- ) is president this year of the National Newspaper Association, having also served as director, treasurer and vice president of that organization. Co publisher of the Madill Record and The Texhoman, Pate is a member of a four-generation newspaper family. He has been president of the Oklahoma Press Association and of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and has been active in civic affairs in Madill and on the state level.
Herbert J. Pate
HERBERT J. PATE (1903-1990) started his journalistic career more than three-quarters of a century ago when, at age 7, he started as a carrier boy for the Hobart Dally Republican. Two weeks after earning a journalism degree at the University of Missouri, he was named city editor of the Miami Tribune in Florida. He bought a third interest in the Hobart Democrat-Chief in 1925 and later bought the Madill Record and various other papers, becoming a leader in mechanical innovations and training numerous young newspapermen, many of whom later became editors and publishers. He established KMAD Radio in Madill, He is a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association and a civic leader.
James T. Young
JAMES T. YOUNG (1923-2005) reported on presidential visits to Oklahoma, beginning with Eisenhower and continuing through Reagan, and on eight national political conventions during a 35-year career with the Oklahoman and Times. Following service in the Air Force in World War II, he worked on the Cleveland County Times, the Edinburg Dally Review in Texas and the Henryetta Dally Free-Lance before joining the Oklahoma Publishing Co. in 1950. Much of his OPUBCO career was spent in legislative and political coverage, including every governor from Johnston Murray to George Nigh.
James R. Bellatti
JAMES R. BELLATTI (1927- ) has won acclaim in public service as well as in journalism. He was general manager of KSPI and KSPI-FM from 1951 until 1961 and has been publisher of the Stillwater News-Press for the past quarter-century. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association and the Oklahoma Press Association. He is the first Oklahoman to head the World Alliance of the YMCA, climaxing many years of YMCA service. Bellatti's list of activities and honors is one of the most impressive of any Oklahoman.
Bill F. Bentley
BILL F. BENTLEY (1924-1997) has been editor and publisher of the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press for 20 years. A journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he has given aid to his alma mater in a number of capacities. Bentley is a Purple Heart recipient from World War II and has been awarded citations for exceptional service to national defense. He belongs to several press organizations and has been with the Lawton Publishing Co. since 1948. IRVIN HURST (1904- ) was one of Oklahoma's best-known political and government writers, beginning on the Oklahoman and Times, first as a reporter and then as city editor. Hurst wrote 46th Star, a book which gives an account of early statehood days and the moving of the capital to Oklahoma City. He has been active in civic affairs and ran twice for lieutenant governor. He also has had a career as an insurance company executive.
CARTER BRADLEY (1919-2008) has been a journalist, administrator and publicist for almost half a century. After working on several Oklahoma newspapers, he spent 17 years with United Press International. He served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences and was administrative assistant to Sen. A.S. Monroney. For a number of years, he was executive director of the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma. Bradley is a partner in the OPA Capitol News Bureau.
Richard Franklin "Dick" Dudley
RICHARD FRANKLIN "DICK" DUDLEY (1905-1978) demonstrated the importance of good journalism to a small community during the 35 years, 193469, in which he published the Hollis Daily News. His column, "Across The Desk," served as a vehicle to promote business, industry and agriculture in his community. Dudley was a leader in civic, church and youth activities and is remembered by many veterans for his encouraging letters to them during World War II.
Ruth Robinson Greenup
RUTH ROBINSON GREENUP (1912-1984) worked for Oklahoma newspapers before going, in 1940, to South America to help edit papers in Brazil and Argentina and to work for Reuters. After returning to the United States, she and her husband, Leonard Greenup, also a journalist, wrote Revolution Before Breakfast: Argentina 1941-1946. Mrs. Greenup, also a prize-winning photographer, spent a great deal of time in her later life helping save Philadelphia Row and other Washington, D.C., historic houses.
Richard R. Hefton
RICHARD R. HEFTON (1930- ) is president, editor and publisher of Oklahoma County Newspapers, Inc., the largest newspaper group in the Oklahoma City area. Earlier he was an executive on the McAlester News Capital and the Journal Record in Oklahoma City. Hefton has been president of the Oklahoma Press Association and Suburban Associated Newspapers, Inc. President Reagan promoted Hefton to brigadier general in the Air Force. His leadership in professional and civic organizations displays remarkable energy and talent.
Ennis C. "Tex" Helm
ENNIS C. "TEX" HELM (1903-1982) set a world's record by photographing Carlsbad Caverns National Park with 2400 flashbulbs. Earlier in life, he was a photographer on the Oklahoman and Times. His career expanded into newsreels, a step that took him around the world seven times and included him on the expeditions of Erie Stanley Gardner and Adm. Richard Byrd. After retirement in New Mexico, he wrote Patience, a book focusing on his life in Oklahoma.
JOE HOWELL (1910-1998) began his newspaper career 67 years ago as a Tulsa Tribune carrier boy and now has become the newsroom's expert on politics, government and myriad other subjects. He joined the Tribune staff as a full-time reporter in 1927 and has been there ever since except for a period in the circulation department and one year spent teaching and another on the staff of Sen. Robert S. Kerr. He has covered seven full terms of the Oklahoma Legislature and helped cover the election or administration of every governor since 1937.
George W. Cornell
GEORGE W. CORNELL (1921-1994) is the man behind one of the best-known bylines of the Associated Press. As AP religion writer, he has covered papal conclaves and other historic events, monitoring the heartbeat of religion in this country and abroad for almost four decades. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Cornell reported for the Daily Oklahoman and served in the Army before joining the AP in New York in 1947. He began specializing in news of religion in 1951. His reporting, his two weekly columns and his half dozen books have earned for him virtually every award offered for journalistic excellence in the religion field.
LOLA HALL (1933- ) has demonstrated her considerable talent in broadcasting, business and civic work for more than 30 years. She joined KWTV in Oklahoma City in 1956 and quickly became known for her wit, knowledge and humor as a reporter and as the "Channel 9 Weather Girl." She also worked for a number of other television and radio stations in Oklahoma City and for NBC in New York City. Her countless accomplishments in her profession and in community organizations have placed her high in the esteem of Oklahomans from the capital city to the rural outposts.
Charles Nedwin "Ned" Hockman
CHARLES NEDWIN "NED" HOCKMAN (1921-2009) has been a pioneer in photojournalism - both in still photography and motion picture photography - in Oklahoma and within the U.S. Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. The highlights of his work at the University of Oklahoma and elsewhere and a recital of his awards would require a book for the telling. The John A. Sprague Memorial Award, which he received in 1985, cites Hockman as "a true Leader who has given a lifetime of contributions to the art of visual reporting."
John A. Jameson
JOHN A. JAMESON (1905-1985) was known as a hard-working newsman dedicated to the public's right to know about its government. After serving papers in Muskogee and Oklahoma City, he joined the Associated Press in 1935, working in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and New York City. Later, he was AP bureau chief in Indianapolis and Denver. While covering the Summer White House in Denver, he was the first to report President Eisenhower's heart attack. He published the Englewood Herald in Colorado 1957-69 and was president of the Colorado Press Association in 1956. He later worked in government posts in Washington, D.C. and Colorado.
WAYNE MACKEY (1921-1987) was a dedicated newspaperman widely known for his writing talent and good humor. His 34 years on the Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Times included reporting on almost all news beats and stints as assistant city editor, state editor and columnist. He worked earlier on the Austin American Statesman, the San Antonio Evening News and the Tonkawa News. Mackey was a Navy veteran and a past president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Alfred W. McLaughlin
ALFRED W. McLAUGHLIN (1921- ) has been recognized as an outstanding photographer for many years. He joined Oklahoma Publishing Company in 1942 and has been there ever since except for service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After his recent retirement as chief photographer, he has continued to work at the Oklahoman as a consultant. He won the title as National Women's Page Photographer of the Year in 1966 and the National Picture Layout Award given by the J.C. Penney Company in 1968 as well as other awards.
Gareth B. Muchmore
GARETH B. MUCHMORE (1913-1983) covered World War II for the Associated Press and headed that organization's financial news department in New York before returning to Oklahoma in 1947 as managing editor of The Ponca City News. He served as editor and co-publisher of The News for 36 years and was a partner in Radio Station WBBZ. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Muchmore was editor of The Duncan Banner for a year before joining the AP. His civic work was notable, and he was recognized as a longtime supporter of the Camp Fire Girls.
MONTEZ TJADEN (1913-1993) was part of the management team that put two radio stations and one television station on the air, including KWTV in Oklahoma City and KRMG in Tulsa. That is just one part of a 45-year career in communications that includes theater, radio, television, newspaper, public relations and the U.S. Navy. She served in a number of capacities, including national president, in Women in Radio and Television. Her numerous other honors include the Theta Sigma Phi National
Jerry L. Witcher
JERRY L. WITCHER (1932-2006) is recognized by his peers as one of the most competent journalists in Oklahoma for his reporting, writing and editing skills. He joined United Press International 29 years ago and became Oklahoma bureau manager and state editor in 1978, continuing to the present. A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Witcher worked five years as a reporter and editor of the Altus Times Democrat. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club.
FREDA AMERINGER (1892-1988) was involved in the operation of Oklahoma City newspapers for more than a half-century. She learned to operate a newspaper when her father, Dan Hogan Jr., was an editor in Arkansas. After moving to Oklahoma City in 1920, she and her father started the Leader Press, Inc., and the Daily Leader newspaper. The Daily Leader folded, but the firm started the Oklahoma City Advertiser and then began publishing the Daily Law Journal Record, known today as The Journal Record. Mrs. Ameringer was a co-founder of the Oklahoma City Urban League and a founder of the Pilot Club.
Byron Vest Boone
BYRON VEST BOONE (1908-1988) was publisher of the Tulsa World for almost 30 years and was known as a leader in legal, civic and community affairs in Tulsa and surrounding areas. A lawyer, Boone was general counsel to the paper before being named publisher in 1959. 'The public will know where the World stands," Boone pledged when be became publisher. He believed a newspaper should show "backbone and courage."
CHUCK ERVIN (1937- ) has covered state and national political conventions since 1972 and has one of the state's best-known bylines for political and governmental writing. After working for the McAlester News-Capital, he joined the Tulsa World staff in 1966, transferred to the paper's state capitol bureau in 1968 and was named bureau chief in 1973. Ervin has won several writing awards, including one from Sigma Delta Chi for coverage of the McAlester prison riot.
Channing E. Guffey
CHANNING E. GUFFEY (1924-2007) explored new frontiers in journalism by establishing Guffey's Journal, which informed Oklahoma City and Tulsa readers about real estate transactions and news for 24 years. Before starting the widely copied business publication, Guffey was an editor and writer 13 years for the Daily Oklahoman. He also worked on the Woodward Daily Press and Watonga Republican after starting his career as a reporter for the Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas.
Edith Gaylord Harper
EDITH GAYLORD HARPER (1916-2001) worked for the Oklahoman and Times before joining the Associated Press as a reporter in New York City. She later transferred to the AP's Washington Bureau, where one assignment was the White House and the activities of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. She also was elected president of the Women's National Press Club. She now is secretary and director of the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Using her professional name of Edith Gaylord, she founded and is the financial provider for the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Joe White McBride, Jr.
JOE WHITE McBRIDE JR. (1929- ) has combined a long publishing career with state and community service. General manager of the award-winning Anadarko Daily News since 1967 and publisher since 1972, he has been president of the Oklahoma Press Association, the Oklahoma City Press Club, .the Oklahoma Lung Association, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce and the UPI Editors of Oklahoma and has served on numerous boards and committees.
Roy P. Stewart
ROY P. STEWART (1905-1989) is a veteran of more than 60 years in journalism, and his accomplishments are legend. His many years at the Daily Oklahoman include service in such slots as city editor, Washington Bureau chief, columnist and editorial writer. He also has been author of several books, a writer for national publications, a military officer of considerable repute, a historian and a man who has caused many good things to happen in Oklahoma.
Richard David Story
RICHARD DAVID STORY (1952- ) has displayed considerable talent as a scholar, writer and editor in the 19 years since his graduation from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. After his graduation magna cum laude from Williams College, he began work on the Reader's Digest as a fact checker and has now climbed to the position of senior editor for New York magazine. From 1983 to 1987, Story was entertainment reporter for USA Today. He has been editor of Destinations and also has been affiliated with such publications as Esquire, Metropolitan Home, Travel & Leisure and American Way.
TOM YARBROUGH (1910-1975) was a reporter, war correspondent and feature writer for 44 years. A 1932 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he worked for the Oklahoma City Times before joining the Associated Press. After six years covering World War II for the AP, he headed the AP office in St. Louis. He later joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff and covered many special assignments, including a three-month tour of South America.
CULLEN JOHNSON (1901-1988) began his career as the printer's devil on the Cheyenne (Okla.) Star, and later his work took him to the power centers in Washington, D.C. He was a writer and editor in Seminole, Tonkawa, Alva, Mangum and Elk City before joining the Dally Oklahoman in 1942 and working there until retirement in 1968. He opened the Oklahoman's news bureau in Washington in 1946 and remained there five years. He then returned to Oklahoma City to cover city and state government.
Louise Beard Moore
LOUISE BEARD MOORE (1905-1992) believes she has more printer's ink than red cells in her blood. Her distinguished career includes reporting on the Oklahoma News in Oklahoma City, teaching in Oklahoma City public schools and Oklahoma City University, writer and city editor of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald and 19 years as the energetic and enthusiastic supervisor of the Oklahoma Dally and Sooner yearbook at the University of Oklahoma. A former OU colleague calls Louise Moore "a truly rare commodity of the human race."
RAY PARR (1910-1992) easily is one of the best newspapermen Oklahoma ever produced. His 40-plus years with the Dally Oklahoman displayed his excellent writing talents, and his Sunday column, "Par for the Course," showed his incisive humor. Much of his journalistic career was spent at the state capitol. After his retirement from the Oklahoman, he was state auditor for a year and then was an aide to the state welfare director. Parr has been a member of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club, the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Ernest A. Shiner
ERNEST A. SHINER (1927-1988) joined Farmer-Stockman magazine as an associate editor in 1961 and was editor until his death in 1988. He received many honors for his work and headed the U.S. delegations to the World Congress of Agricultural Journalists in 1971 in France. Shiner was a chairman of the Oklahoma Farm Show and used his considerable talents in numerous other farm and civic organizations. He taught high school journalism and worked for the Ada Evening News and the Weleetka American before joining the Farmer-Stockman staff.
MALVINA STEPHENSON (-1996) is an Oklahoman whose tenacity as a Washington correspondent is legend. She has covered Washington since 1939 for the Tulsa World and at times for other newspapers and radio stations. Well known as a reporter who pursues a story with relentless energy, she has scored many beats, some of international importance. She also worked 13 years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr. Her nomination for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame was signed by all eight members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation, something unprecedented in the Hall's history.
MAY VANDAMENT (1891-1983) spent more than half a century in newspaper work, much of it publishing the Yukon Sun with her husband, Poe. Before her marriage, she was a typesetter and then publisher of the Bluejacket Gazette, a small paper which she borrowed the money to buy in Craig County. After she and Poe Vandament sold the Yukon Sun in 1948, Mrs. Vandament spent much of the time before her retirement in 1963 working for the paper under its new ownership. She helped train scores of young people in the printing trade and in newspaper work.
Poe B. Vandament
POE B. VANDAMENT (1883-1956) was a pioneer newspaper publisher whose years of service to his profession and to his state and community earned him a place in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1949. He came to Oklahoma before statehood and published a number of papers before buying the Yukon Sun, which he and his wife, May, edited and published from 1929 until 1948. Vandament was mayor of Yukon, president of the Oklahoma Municipal League and president of the Oklahoma Press Association.
H. Merle Woods
H. MERLE WOODS (1894-1988) was thought to be Oklahoma's oldest journalist when he died at age 93. After graduation from the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism in 1907, Woods became news editor of the EI Reno American. He bought an interest in the paper and eventually became publisher and sole owner. After leasing the paper to others in 1958 he continued to write a column for it until his death. He was president and longtime treasurer of the Oklahoma Press Association and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1971 in recognition of his long record of service to his city and state in civic, youth, benevolent and historical organizations.
Alex K. Adwan
ALEX K. ADWAN (1929- ) has used his position as editor of the Tulsa World editorial page to produce a showcase of wisdom and exciting rhetoric. Before joining the World, Adwan worked for a number of Oklahoma papers and was a tank platoon commander in the Korean war, winning the Bronze Star for combat heroism. He was hired in 1961 as the United Press International Tulsa bureau manager, later heading the UPI operations in Houston and Oklahoma City. He joined the World as Washington correspondent in 1966 and returned to Tulsa as an editorial writer in 1972. Adwan was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism in 1990.
James R. Campbell
JAMES R. CAMPBELL (1932- ) has long been recognized by his professional colleagues for the highest standards of journalistic competence and fairness. After beginning his career with the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, he joined United Press International in Oklahoma City in 1958. He served as UPI bureau manager in Topeka and Little Rock before returning to Oklahoma City as bureau manager and state editor. He became a regional executive for UPI in Oklahoma in 1978 and moved to Detroit in 1981 as state and regional editor for Michigan. While in Oklahoma City, Campbell served as president of the Gridiron Club, Gridiron Foundation, the Press Club and the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
R. Jack Christy, Sr.
R. JACK CHRISTY SR. (1901-1961) always worked close to the people in his 39 years on newspapers in western and southwestern Oklahoma. During that period, he worked for 14 papers, some of which he owned. These papers were in such places as Granite, Hollis, Mangum, Sayre, Hobart, Gotebo, Foss, Elk City, Watonga, EI Reno and Enid. His last 11 years were spent as editor of the Waukomis Hornet. His column, "Panorama," appeared in a number of papers until his death. Christy won several awards for his journalistic endeavors and was a poet of some note.
Ivy M. Coffey
IVY M. COFFEY (1917- ) has had a highly respected byline in Oklahoma newspapers for many years. She worked for the Oklahoman and Times in positions such as food editor, book page editor, women's editor, Sunday magazine writer, state staff reporter and Washington correspondent. She also has been city editor of the Ponca City News and now is covering Canadian County news for the EI Reno Dally Tribune. The essence of a hard-working journalist, she has said many times to young reporters, "There are no dull stories-just dull reporters."
William T. "Bill" Dixon
WILLIAM T. "BILL" DIXON (1921-2005) has been a fixture in the newspaper photography scene in Oklahoma for 40 years, serving much of that time as chief photographer for the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press. He has given many young photographers the practical training and the encouragement to start careers of their own. His photographs have provided the residents of southeast Oklahoma with an accurate and interesting account of the events occurring around them. Now retired from the paper, he does freelance and commercial photography.
KEN NEAL (1935- ) joined the Tulsa World as a copy boy in 1953 and his numerous positions on the paper have won him recognition as one of Oklahoma's outstanding journalists. He has been oil writer, church editor, state editor, copy editor, business editor, political reporter and, for the past 12 years, associate editor. He has won several awards, including one from Phi Delta Kappa, a national professional education fraternity for "outstanding news media contribution to education." Neal is widely respected for his insightful opinion page articles, which contribute greatly to the public's understanding of vital issues.
Guy R. Old
GUY R. OLD (1893-1986) started his long newspaper career as a linotype operator on the McCurtain Gazette in Idabel in 191 3 and later was recognized as one of Oklahoma's outstanding editors and publishers. He became editor and publisher of the Broken Bow News in 1924. In 1932 he returned to the McCurtain Gazette, where he was publisher until his retirement in 1947. He later was employed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Wava L. Denson Poindexter
WAVA L. DENSON POINDEXTER (1920-2006) was publisher and co-owner of the Gage Record and Ellis County Capital for many years. Following the death of her husband, W. W. Denson, in 1974, she was owner and publisher of those papers until 1982. Active in civic affairs, she is listed in Who's Who of American Women. She is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half Century Club and received a citation in 1982 from the Oklahoma State Senate in recognition of achievement and contributions to the field of journalism.
Warren F. Bickford, III
WARREN F. BICKFORD III (1918-1980) was a working newsman for 40 years, primarily in Blackwell, starting as a general reporter and advancing through various positions to general manager of the Blackwell Journal-Tribune. Active in civic affairs, he also served as president of the UPI Editors of Oklahoma and as a member of many committees of the Oklahoma Press Association. He was a person of high moral and ethical standards and was imbued with a desire to be a solid professional.
Joseph Henry Carter
JOSEPH HENRY CARTER (1932- ) has reported for United Press International in Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Dallas, for Sapulpa and Honolulu newspapers and for the Oklahoma Journal. He was an aide to congressmen and to Presidents Johnson and Carter and was director of communications for the Democratic party. Carter also was press secretary to Gov. David Hall. After leaving his post as vice president for public affairs at Cameron University, he became director of the Will Rogers Memorial. He recently published a book, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers.
KAY DYER (1928- ) was the first woman ever named city editor by the Oklahoma Publishing Co., first at the Oklahoman and then at the Oklahoma City Times. After 21 years with OPUBCO, she joined her family's newspaper, the EI Reno Daily Tribune, where she has served as news editor, publisher and editor. Earlier, she received a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and worked for two newspapers in that state. She has received a number of honors for her accomplishments, including a Ford Foundation Urban Journalism Fellowship, and is recognized as one of Oklahoma's most talented journalists.
MARY GODDARD (1924-1991) was a leading force for the improvement of Oklahoma journalism from the time she was a teenager until her death at age 66. After beginning her news career on the Lawton Constitution in 1943, she went to work in Oklahoma State University's publications office in 1951. After joining the Oklahoman and Times 18 months later, her flair for writing and editing during the next 33 years became legendary. These skills, which won numerous awards, were exceeded only by her ability as a teacher and writing coach for young journalists.
M. C. Garber
M. C. GARBER (1867-1948) was one of the Enid area's towering figures from the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893 until his death 55 years later. He was a lawyer, judge, mayor, congressman and journalist. Garber bought an interest in the Enid Morning News in 1921. In 1923 that paper and the Enid Eagle consolidated, with the News publishing in the morning and the Eagle in the evening. From that time on he was editor and co-publisher. The welfare of his community and state always was uppermost in his mind.
Mary Jo Nelson
MARY JO NELSON (1927-2007) started with the Oklahoman and Times more than 40 years ago and has demonstrated unusual versatility, serving as an editor and a writer on such diverse beats as courthouse, city hall, state capitol, education, religion, business and architecture. She has known some of the extraordinary people of our time. Nelson's honors are numerous, including an orchid named for her, but she is most proud of the help she has given young reporters and editors coming along. She is revered by these and by many others in her profession.
Donald J. Morrison
DONALD J. MORRISON (1913-1988) was editor and publisher of his family's newspaper, The Waurika News-Democrat, from 1951 to 1981. A prolific writer, he was a champion of responsible and quality community journalism. His untiring efforts - using the resources and influence of the newspaper - over a 25-year span led to the construction of the 10,1 00-acre Waurika Lake, which protects Waurika from perennial floods, provides water to six municipalities, and boosts the economy and population of the rural area as a recreational magnet. Morrison was named "Mr. Waurika Lake" in a memorial at the Corps of Engineers overlook during dedication ceremonies in 1980.
DEACON NEW (1925-1998) started his long and varied journalism career as editor of the Madill Record. After joining the Oklahoma City Times in 1950, he served that paper and the Daily Oklahoman as a reporter and editor for most of the next four decades. He joined The Oil and Gas Journal in Tulsa in 1958, returning to the Oklahoman in 1960, serving as oil editor, business editor, city editor, assistant managing editor and chief editorial writer before his partial retirement in 1990. He was the first Oklahoma newsman on the scene after President Kennedy's assassination. New is still active in the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club shows.
Joe W. Taylor
JOE W. TAYLOR (1923-1978) worked on newspapers from age 15 until his death, except for service in World War II. He learned Linotype at the Haskell News and worked on dailies at Corpus Christi and Alva, later publishing the Hinton Record for three years. He bought the Davis News in 1956 with a partner and purchased the partner's interest four years later. Taylor and his wife, Margaret, published the paper until his death, and she continues to do so. He believed a community paper was a chronicle of the town. Taylor was a civic worker and served the Oklahoma Press Association in several positions.
R. Marsden Bellatti
R. MARSDEN BELLATTI (1911-1981) was honored by the Oklahoma Press Association for 50 years in newspaper work in the state. Starting at the Blackwell Morning News, he also held management positions at the Stillwater NewsPress and finally at the Nowata Daily Star. Bellatti, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, was active in civic, professional and fraternal organizations and served on the board of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. The Bellatti family has been prominent in Oklahoma journalism for several decades.
John C. Casady
JOHN C. CASADY (1884-1965) was editor and publisher of the Cheyenne Star in Cheyenne, Okla., from 1911 until his death 54 years later. He began work on the Cheyenne Sunbeam at age 12 for 25 cents a week. He also worked in print shops in Oklahoma, South Dakota and Montana. Active in many civic roles, he was grand master of the Odd Fellows Grand Lodge of Oklahoma in 1927-28, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936 and was a member of the Board of Stewards of the Cheyenne Methodist Church for 45 years.
RUTH FERRIS (1909-1998) has been lauded as a "living legend" for her long and varied career in Oklahoma journalism. Teaching, broadcasting, writing ... she has done it all. She has worked on the Altus Times Democrat, Daily Oklahoman and KOMA radio in Oklahoma City and KWHW in Altus and spent 28 years as public relations director for Altus public schools. Ferris, who established journalism certification for Oklahoma high schools, was active in a number of professional organizations. In retirement, she is writing a series of children's short stories about animals.
John T. Greiner
JOHN T. GREINER (1942- ) is known in the profession as a dedicated reporter who brings to his job a willingness to tackle any assignment on short notice and to give every story his best efforts. Following military duty, he joined the staff of the Daily Oklahoman in 1966 and has been there ever since, serving on such beats as police, county, city hall, federal and state capitol. He is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, holding many military as well as journalistic awards. He is past president of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club and the Gridiron Foundation.
TONY HILLERMAN (1925-2008) is one of this country's foremost mystery writers. Hillerman worked for the Lawton Constitution and the United Press in Oklahoma City before moving to New Mexico. After being UP bureau manager and managing editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, he became a journalism professor and department head at the University of New Mexico. With a Navajo theme in much of his writing, Hillerman's books have won him many awards and honors and a place on the best-seller lists. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America.
James J. Lange
JAMES J. LANGE (1926-2009) has greeted Daily Oklahoman readers with his clever editorial cartoons for 43 years, winning numerous national awards. Beginning with Harry Truman, Lange's cartoons have been displayed in every presidential library. He is a founding member and past president of American Editorial Cartoonists and is past president of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club. He has used his enormous storehouse of energy and talent for the betterment of his community, state and nation as well as his profession.
JIM MAYO (1942- ) is publisher of the Sallisaw Sequoyah County Times, founded by his parents in 1932. Mayo started working on the paper while still in grade school. After college and a stint in the Navy, he returned to the paper and later served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association. In addition to serving the community through his newspaper, Mayo is active in civic affairs and also is a member of the National Newspaper Association and the International Society of Newspaper Editors.
TED RALSTON (1918-1993) was a working newsman and editor throughout his career and helped train many talented journalists who have worked at the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press. At the same time, his work to advance his community and profession is remarkable. He started his newspaper career 60 years ago while a freshman in high school and the only interruption was military service. Ralston demanded responsible journalism of his staff and insisted on accuracy and fairness.
Homer W. Ray
HOMER W. RAY (1929-2000) has made a wide path in journalism although he is a self-taught writer and editor. Beginning as a printer's devil in his hometown in Texas when he was only 13, Ray was a printer for a number of years. He and his wife, Beth, have owned The Yale News, a weekly in Yale, Okla., for 28 years. Through the years he has picked up numerous awards in journalism but also has found time to serve his community in a variety of ways. He exemplifies the ideals of "the local editor."
ERIC ALLEN (1916-1986) served in 1969-70 as president of the Western Writers of America. He wrote 30 books, mostly Western fiction, selling his first one in 1959. One of his screenplays, Smoke in the Wind, starred Walter Brennan. Allen wrote feature articles for many newspapers and magazines in Oklahoma and throughout the country. His newspaper writing ranged from crime news to features on a number of publications in such places as Sallisaw, Muldrow, Alva, Enid and Lawton as well as in Fort Smith, Ark.
JANE BRYANT (1933- ) published a newspaper at age 7 in her neighborhood in Cushing and continued in journalism in grade and high schools and at the University of Missouri, working summers during college for the Cushing Daily Citizen. She joined the Norman Transcript in 1955 and became managing editor in 1967, a position she still holds. Through her professional and civic activities, Bryant has become one of Oklahoma's best-known journalists. Twice she has headed the Oklahoma Associated Press Editors Association.
Ferdie J. Deering
FERDIE J. DEERING (1910-93) spent 48 years with the Oklahoma Publishing Co., including 30 years as editor of the Farmer-Stockman during which he worked to help farmers adapt new technology to their operations. Upon his death he was lauded as having contributed more to agriculture in Oklahoma than anyone else. His awards and honors are far too numerous to list. He was a past president and trustee of the Southwest Livestock Association. Before joining OPUBCO, he worked at the Ada Evening News and the Denison (Texas) Herald.
Edward L. Gaylord
EDWARD L. GAYLORD (1919-2003) heads a media and entertainment empire that spans the country. However, be considers his role as editor and publisher of the Daily Oklahoman as his lifetime work and most important business enterprise. The newspaper, observing its 100th birthday this year, has been at the forefront of most advances in publishing technology during the 20th century. Gaylord's charitable and civic activities are vast and have benefited many in his city, state and nation.
Joan E. Gilmore
JOAN E. GILMORE (1927- ) worked 1952-80 for the Daily Oklahoman in such capacities as news reporter, women's editor and metropolitan editor. She expanded women's page coverage to include a wide range of topics and to report on social activities of minorities. In addition to operating her own public relations agency, she writes a weekly column for the Journal Record and assists a variety of civic and cultural organizations on a volunteer basis. Awards for her volunteerism are numerous.
STAN HOIG (1924-2009) has written more than a dozen published books on Western history subjects. His many awards include the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Non-fiction Book. He is professor emeritus after teaching journalism for 23 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. Recognized as an authority on the history of Edmond, he was inducted into the Edmond Hall of Fame in 1989. His versatility is evident in a musical pageant, Oklahoma U.S.A., which he wrote.
Omer N. Schnoebelen
OMER N. SCHNOEBELEN (1912-2005) took over the Moreland Leader in 1946 when his father retired from the paper. Schnoebelen's role as a weekly publisher included reporting, selling ads and operating the Linotype. Called a force for the improvement of Moreland, he is recognized for having high moral and ethical standards and a great compassion for others. The Oklahoma Press Association named him to its Half Century Club in 1991. The paper now belongs to his son, Tim, as a third generation owner.
MARGARET TAYLOR (1926-2005) was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1990-91, the first and only woman to serve in that office. She began newspaper work in 1953 when she and her husband, Joe Taylor, leased the Hinton Record. Three years later the couple bought the Davis News with a partner, whose share the Taylors purchased in 1960. Upon her husband's death in 1978, Margaret Taylor became publisher, running the paper until selling it in 1992. Her leadership qualities have been evident in a number of civic organizations.
F. E. "Wally" Wallis
F. E. "WALLY" WALLIS (1907-1981) was an Oklahoman and Times sports writer for 27 years and the state's foremost golf authority, winning national honors for his writing on the subject. He served as president of the Golf Writers Association of America and of the Oklahoma City Press Club. Early in his career, Wallis worked on papers in Sapulpa, Inola, Kan., and Poteau. Local golf pros cite Wallis for helping the growth of their municipal programs and his work in helping Oklahoma City with its first PGA tournament.
W. P. "Bill" Atkinson
W. P. 'BILL' ATKINSON (1906-1999) has had a varied career as journalist, builder, educator and politician. He began his journalistic career as a printer's devil while in high school and later was the founder of the Oklahoma Journal. Atkinson was head of the Oklahoma City University Journalism Department in 1934. Often called the founder of Midwest City, he was president of the National Association of Home Builders in 1951. He has been active in civic affairs and ran for governor of Oklahoma in 1962.
DONOVAN BANZETT (1903-1983) was enthralled with newspapers from the time he learned to read. In 1925 he started the Edmond Booster, which he printed at first in his mother's kitchen. Keeping that paper for the next 25 years, he also published several others in the area. He and his wife left Edmond in 1950 and bought newspapers elsewhere. He used the power of the press to improve Edmond and the other communities where he lived. Banzett was active in church and civic affairs in Edmond and returned there before his death.
James W. Bradshaw
JAMES W. BRADSHAW (1923-2006) spent 43 years as an Oklahoma newspaper writer and editor, 39 of them on the Shawnee News-Star. He retired from the paper in 1991 after 14 years as managing editor. During his years in Shawnee, Bradshaw chronicled numerous courtroom dramas, fires, floods, elections, labor disputes and industrial plant comings and goings. Some of the area's major improvements came after he crusaded for them in his column, called "From This Moment."
Klina E. Casady
KLINA E. CASADY (1891-1981) and her husband, John Casady, published the Cheyenne Star in Roger Mills County for several decades. She wrote a column, "Thinkagraphs," for many years, always boosting Cheyenne and Western Oklahoma, and continued it after her husband died and the paper was sold. She also found time to write books and serve her community and church in numerous roles. She was honored for founding the first 4-H Club in her county and was inducted in the Oklahoma Press Association's Half Century Club.
PAUL ENGLISH (1937- ) has had a distinguished reporting career for more than 30 years. He spent two years on the Duncan Banner, 20 years with United Press International and the past decade on the Oklahoman. His reporting at the state capitol has spanned the terms of seven governors. A former president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, his reporting is known for its depth, thoroughness, accuracy, persistence and fairness.
Marlan Dee Nelson
MARLAN DEE NELSON (1934- ) has been director of the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting since 1982 and earlier was an administrator and professor at Southern Illinois University and Utah State. His innovative leadership at OSU has brought improvements in faculty development and academic standards even in the midst of mandated faculty cutbacks because of the state's economy. While still a teenager, he served as writer, managing editor and editor of the Haskell (Okla.) News.
Max J. Nichols
MAX J. NICHOLS (1934- ) launched his colorful career as a sports writer for the Oklahoman and then spent many years as an award-winning writer, editor and columnist for the Minneapolis Star. He was national president of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1972. After returning to Oklahoma City in 1980, he has been editor and columnist for the Journal Record, taught journalism at Oklahoma City University, worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society and wrote a double biography on John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick.
Omer F. Schnoebelen
OMER F. SCHNOEBELEN (1884-1972) began working at a print shop in Iowa at age 16 and was a printer and editor 69 years. He established the Mooreland Leader at age 19 at the urging of the town's citizens, causing Oklahoma to gain a newspaper legend and Iowa to lose one. Three of his sons and three grandsons have owned newspapers. Schnoebelen was a force behind many of the improvements that have come to Mooreland through the years. He was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half Century Club.
Milo W. Watson
MILO W. WATSON (1917-1998) became publisher of the Perry Daily Journal in 1949 and still is at the helm. He has been a newspaperman in Oklahoma for almost 60 years. In 1967 he was president of the Oklahoma Press Association. Watson's civic work and the influence of his paper helped make Perry an outstanding community. His role as mentor for young writers and editors now is influencing newspaper journalism throughout Oklahoma and beyond.
Charles Robert Bellatii
CHARLES ROBERT BELLATII (1886-1953) made his mark as a publisher in Blackwell and then consolidated two Stillwater papers in 1941 to form the Stillwater NewsPress. He was positive, forthright and unafraid to make enemies if some readers disagreed with him. Bellatti's energy propelled both Blackwell and Stillwater to become better communities. He also was founder of Stillwater's first radio station, KSPI-AM, later bringing KSPI-FM on the air in 1951 as one of the first FM stations west of the Mississippi. His civic contributions simply are too numerous to list.
JOHN CLABES (1929- ) worked for papers in Hobart and Lawton before becoming managing editor and editor of The Oklahoma Journal. Employing a breezy, fairly sensational and investigative style, that paper brought a new sense of journalism to the Oklahoma area in the 16 years Clabes was with it. One of the paper's greatest assets was its use of color. Clabes is now public affairs officer of the Southwest Region of the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth and of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.
GENE CURTIS (1929- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1948 while a student at the University of Tulsa and was associated with the paper for the next 46 years except for two years out during the Korean War. He was managing editor for many years before retirement in 1994. Curtis has said that his goal in life was to be a newspaper reporter and editor. He added, "I realize I have been more fortunate than most to have achieved that goal and to have had jobs for my entire working life that I loved - newspapering."
Robert E. Lee
ROBERT E. LEE (1931- ) writes a highly acclaimed column three days a week for the Daily Oklahoman, serving as senior editor of Community. Born into a newspaper family, he has worked for the Harper County Journal and held managerial positions in Woodward and Enid as well as on the Oklahoman. His record of volunteerism, especially in Lions Club International, is inspirational and has caused him to be known around the world. His love for journalism has prompted him to say, "I've never worked a day in my life. I've always been a newspaperman."
Robert E. Lorton
ROBERT E. LORTON (1937- ) gives meaning to the concept that freedom of the press and responsibility of the press go hand in hand. As publisher of the Tulsa World, one of the leading newspapers in this section of the country, Lorton is dedicated to building a better Tulsa arid a better Oklahoma. Also chairman and chief executive officer of World Publishing Co., he has worked in every major department of the paper, improving its news coverage and printing technology, and has been at the fore of numerous civic and cultural efforts to advance his community.
Paul S. McClung
PAUL S. McCLUNG (1924-2007) rose to executive editor of the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press and then spent six years as Cameron University's director of information. He has sold approximately 650 articles and stories to national magazines and has been Southwest Bureau Chief for Dell Publishing Co. He is author of a book, "Papa Jack, Cowman from the Wichitas," and holds numerous awards for his columns and investigative and enterprise reporting. McClung is an Army veteran of World War II.
JIM MONROE (1925- ) has blended politics, community service and journalism into a fruitful life. After work on several Oklahoma dailies, he joined the NewYork City AP Bureau. Then he was executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party before joining the staff of Sen. Fred Harris in Washington. He published the Idabel McCurtain Gazette and held an interest in several other papers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Monroe's leadership in civic and professional activities and his role as mentor of young journalists have left a lasting contribution.
Ted M. Phillips
TED M. PHILLIPS (1932-2004) is the second-generation editor of the Seminole Producer and has spoken out boldly on a number of controversial and difficult problems. He is a strong supporter both of Seminole and the state as well as his profession. Phillips, an Army veteran, is a Mason, a 38-year member of Kiwanis and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. A strong supporter of education, he has been chairman of the Seminole Junior College Board of Regents two terms. He has been president and treasurer of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Albert Riesen, Jr.
ALBERT RIESEN JR. (1932- ) became publisher of the Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore at age 27 after graduation from the OU School of Journalism, duty in the Air Force and three years as co-publisher. He also was involved with management of KVSO radio and KVSO-TV. Riesen was a member of the board of the Southern Newspapers' Association and was active in committee work for that organization. He has served in leadership positions in a number of organizations dedicated to the advancement of Ardmore and the state.
James C. Argo
JAMES C. ARGO (1938- ) has made enduring pictures of Oklahoma life since beginning work at the Oklahoman 34 years ago. His many international, national, regional and state awards testify that he is an aggressive and talented photojournalist. Whether it is reporting on floods, killer tornadoes, the wheat harvest or a deadly terrorist bombing, Argo has time and again captured by word and film the images of joy and despair that comprise life in Oklahoma.
FRANK BOGGS (1928- ) gained widespread recognition as a sports editor and columnist, being named six times between 1960 and 1971 as outstanding sports writer in Oklahoma. He worked for the Topeka Daily Capital and the San Diego Evening Tribune but spent most of his career on the Oklahoman and Times, retiring from the Oklahoman as managing editor. Boggs was known as one who had a natural talent for writing.
JACK BOWEN (1947- ) moved to Oklahoma 23 years ago and has consistently sought to impact Oklahoma in positive ways through his journalistic skills. Coming here from Texas, he has been a news anchor on KOCO-TV and KWTV and is now with KOKH Channel 25. Bowen has been involved in countless community activities and is known as one who has an ability to see the good in even the worst situation, who has a firm commitment to his profession and who has a passion for the well-being of children.
William Bryan Connors, Jr.
WILLIAM BRYAN CONNORS JR. (1931-2000) was sports editor of the Tulsa World for nearly three decades and was honored many times as Oklahoma's outstanding sports writer. He joined the World sports staff in 1953 after graduation from Oklahoma State University. He worked briefly as sports editor of the Stillwater News-Press and as a sports staffer on the Oklahoman. Connors' straightforward style of writing has had many imitators.
Ronald L. Jenkins
RONALD L. JENKINS (1944- ) began his journalism career for his hometown daily in Fort Smith and was promoted to sports editor two years later. After working for the Oklahoma Journal, he joined the Associated Press in Oklahoma City, where he has developed a reputation as an expert capitol correspondent who finds stories with an interest beyond statehouse walls and sometimes Oklahoma's borders. He also has become a familiar face on OETA's weekly legislative review show.
Edith Cherry Johnson
EDITH CHERRY JOHNSON (1879-1961) was a reporter and columnist for the Daily Oklahoman for more than a half century, winning considerable acclaim for a column that ran on the editorial page for 44 years. She interviewed many notable Americans of her day, including Theodore Roosevelt. She wrote several books and was active in the civic life of the community, making it better through her tireless work. Publisher E.K. Gaylord said upon her death, "Her heart was always with the people who were in trouble or suffering."
James Stewart, Sr.
JAMES STEWART SR. (1912-1997) became a columnist for the Black Dispatch in Oklahoma City in 1939 and continued for 33 years, later writing editorials for the paper. A pillar in the civil rights movement, Stewart did a great dealt to promote greater equality in Oklahoma City, the state and the nation. He was active in many of the community's civic organizations. Rising from janitor to vice president, he retired in 1977 from a career at Oklahoma Natural Gas Company.
William Stanley "Bill" Tharp, Sr.
WILLIAM STANLEY 'BILL' THARP SR. (1914-1996) was a well-known and respected journalist in Oklahoma for more than 40 years. After working as a teacher and coach, he joined the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance in 1954. Later, as associate editor of The Oklahoma Journal, his "Top 0' the Mornin" column showed his gentle humor, sense of nostalgia and keen insight into human nature. He wrote a weekly column for the Midwest City Sun until 1995, when ill health intervened.
John R. Whitaker
JOHN R. WHITAKER (1906-1978) was a dedicated professor with 23 of his final teaching years devoted to the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism. He also taught at the University of Missouri, University of Houston and Syracuse and was a Fulbright lecturer in Peru and Bolivia. Earlier, Whitaker worked on Denver, St. Louis and EI Paso newspapers as well as for the United Press. He was known as one who set demanding standards for his students.
Robert "Bob" Barry
ROBERT "BOB" BARRY (Feb. 2, 1931- ) Bob Barry, sportscaster for KFOR-TV, has become well known throughout Oklahoma for his radio play-by-play of Oklahoma college sports for more than 30 years. He joined the station in 1966 and served as sports director for 26 years. He attended OU and spent 18 years at KNOR in Norman handling every job imaginable. As a past member of the board of directors of the National Sportscasters Association, Barry has been elected Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year 15 times. He has been the radio voice of both the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.
LINDA CAVANAUGH (Dec. 10, 1950 - ) Linda Cavanaugh has worked at KFOR-TV, channel 4 in Oklahoma City for more than 20 years, and became the state's first female co-anchor in 1979. Her broadcast journalism is nationally known for investigative and feature reports; she has earned more than 30 national awards, 40 regional and state awards and 11 Emmys. Born in Norman, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU. Described as the top television journalist in the state, she is known for thoroughness, integrity and talent in reporting. A humanitarian, she used a $10,000 award from a documentary as seed money to help start the first Hospice in Oklahoma County.
Reba N. Collins
REBA N. COLLINS (Aug. 25, 1925 - 2005) Reba Collins has a distinguished lifetime of writing and scholarship in Oklahoma, and is a national speaker and book author, recognized as the foremost Will Rogers scholar. A native of Shawnee, she earned a bachelor's degree from Central State University, and a masters and doctorate from Oklahoma State University, where her dissertation was "Will Rogers, Writer and Journalist." After serving Central State as journalism professor and in public relations from 1958 to 1975, she was the director of the Will Rogers Memorial until 1989.
D. Jo Ferguson
D. JO FERGUSON (March 7, 1922 - 2010) D. Jo Ferguson, publisher of the Pawnee Chief, left OU and helped his father Jo O. establish the paper in 1941. He joined the Navy as correspondent in 1942 and sent about 1,000 stories back to hometown newspapers. He returned to Pawnee in 1949 to operate the paper when his father ran for governor. He is active in the Oklahoma Press Association, having served on the board for 10 years and as president in 1972. He was presented the Milt Phillips Award in 1993. Under his leadership, The Chief is loaded with local news, winning many awards for editorial and community leadership.
Fred H. Grove
FRED H. GROVE (July 4,1913 - 2008 ) Fred H. Grove spent almost 40 years in Oklahoma as an editor, OU press relations writer, journalism teacher and OETA staff writer. He is a well-known western fiction and historical author. He grew up in Hominy and after graduation from the OU School of Journalism worked for the Cushing Daily Citizen, the Shawnee Evening Star, the Oklahoma City Times and The Daily Oklahoman before working at OU, where he took professional writing courses. He moved to New Mexico in the mid-1970s where he has written more than 20 books. His novel The Buffalo Runners received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame award.
MARIE PRICE (Dec. 18, 1947- ) Marie Price is one of the best-known reporters on the Oklahoma Capitol scene, having covered state politics for 18 years, most of the time as Capitol Bureau chief of the Oklahoma Legislative Reporter. Her reputation for thoroughness, accuracy and integrity makes the publication essential reading for those covering the capitol. She also writes for the Oklahoma Journal Record. She received her juris doctorate from the OCU law school in 1991, one of few reporters admitted to practice before the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court.
Walter N. Radmilovich
WALTER N. RADMILOVICH, JR. (Sept. 28, 1930 - 2008) "Walt" Radmilovich is known throughout Oklahoma for his 18year career in public relations with Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., retiring as vice president of corporate communications in 1995.Walt began his journalism career at the EI Reno American in 1957, served as reporter-photographer for the EI Reno Tribune four years, was assistant oil editor of The Daily Oklahoman for four years, and was business editor of the Tulsa World in 1966-67. He was named Tulsa public relations professional of the year in 1981. At ONG, he worked closely with state newspapers promoting writing and public service in newspapers.
Arthur B. Ramsey
ARTHUR B. RAMSEY (Nov.27, 1914- ) A native of Oklahoma City, Arthur Ramsey was a pioneer Oklahoma newsreel cameraman. Beginning in 1928, he set up the most ambitious 35 mm motion picture business in Oklahoma City, and filmed the news events of The Depression for Pathe, Paramount and Fox Movietone, including interviews with Will Rogers and Gov. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray. Armed with the first "sound-on-film" camera in the state, he preserved events and people of that era for the future. During World War II, he joined the Army and by 1943 was in charge of all combat camera units. After trying to start his own motion picture company, he began his career in the oil business in Dallas.
William P. Ross
WILLIAM P. ROSS (Aug. 28, 1820 - July 6, 1891) William P. Ross is the founding father of Oklahoma journalism. An honor graduate of what is now Princeton University, he was chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. He founded and was editor of the first newspaper in what is now Oklahoma, The Cherokee Advocate. He also edited the Indian Journal at Eufaula, oldest newspaper in Oklahoma, the Indian Chieftain and the Indian Arrow. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army of the Confederacy.
Claude V. Barrow
CLAUDE V. BARROW (1896-1978) achieved countless accolades for his grit and determination in covering the turbulent times of the oil industry. It was his no-nonsense approach to examining the business from 1926-61, which led him to achieve national fame as oil editor for The Daily Oklahoman, a title which he carried proudly during his 35 years with the state paper. Those who knew Barrow's reputation for hard-hitting journalism, while working for newspapers in Texas, Hugo, Ardmore and Tulsa, considered him a pioneer in the field of petroleum press, and an accomplished community leader.
JACK BRANNAN (1936- ) achieved excellence in nearly all facets of journalism, from foreign news to domestic public relations, during his 40-plus years in the fields. After working nearly a decade collectively for the UPI, Joplin Globe and Tulsa World, he stretched his investigative style overseas where he worked as a foreign correspondent. After returning to the states, he worked for the New York Stock Exchange and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, Brannan has worked as a public relations specialist, but his reputation as "one helluva newsman" continues.
Lucia Loomis Ferguson
LUCIA LOOMIS FERGUSON (1887-1962) - showed strong determination and a natural ability for news, when in 1908 and fresh from college, she was named assistant editor of the Cherokee Republican. She found her niche as a champion for women's rights when she began penning a humorous advice-to-the-Iovelorn column, which was soon picked up by all Scripps-Howard newspapers. Loomis began writing for papers such as the Tulsa Tribune, Akron, Ohio's Time-Press, the Denver Rocky Mountain News and Fort Worth Press. Loomis also served from 1914-15 as vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association and the League of American Pen Women.
DENNIE HALL (1934- ) - has blended outstanding teaching, reporting, editing and public relations into an impressive career. He also initiated the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and was its guiding light for many years. Hall began his career as a general assignments reporter at EI Dorado News-Times (Arkansas), then springboarded into decades' worth of editorships at the West Plaines Daily Quill (Missouri), and the Nashville Banner. He taught for 28 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. Many say he has the mark of a true educator-the ability to mold students in his classes and professional lives.
PHILIP MORRIS (1940- ) - carved out a career that melded journalism with urban design, planning and preservation disciplines. Now he's considered something of an institution at the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Living magazine group, where he began as a building editor in 1969 and climbed into the position of editor-at-Iarge in 1991. Morris has accumulated a great deal of recognition during his work with Southern Living. He's also a national honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (1990) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (1981).
GAYLORD SHAW (1942- ) - Senior correspondent in Newsday's Washington Bureau, Shaw has a distinguished journalism career stretching almost 50 years from the back shop of the EI Reno American to the front pages of America's biggest newspapers. He began his career in 1955 as a 13-year-old sports writer. Shaw's resume reads like a Who's Who in American Newspapers, with reporter and editor posts at newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Times Herald, and as a correspondent for Associated Press. Shaw has won the Pulitzer Prize.
George F. Tapscott
GEORGE F.TAPSCOTT (1914-2002) former assistant chief photographer for The Daily Oklahoman has devoted more than a half century as a highly respected photographer. However, his career as a news photographer took him from Oklahoma City to Germany where he served as a combat photographer for the 45th (Infantry) Division News during World War II. As a member of the National Guard, he not only took battle photos, but some of his best work pictures Nazi-held victims found in Dachau prison camp after they were liberated.
M. J. Van Deventer
M.J. VAN DEVENTER (1940- ) served almost 30 years as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines throughout Oklahoma, before earning the position of director of publications for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and editor of Persimmon Hill magazine. Van Deventer began her career as lifestyle and entertainment editor for the Stillwater NewsPress before making her climb working at The Tulsa World, Fort Worth Star Telegram and The Daily Oklahoman. Later, she was appointed the editor of Oklahoma Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Tulsa Magazine, Tulsa Lifestyle, and all the while serving as director of publications for the Color Graphics Corporation in Tulsa.
Riley Ward Wilson
RILEY WARD WILSON (1929-2007) - has likely interviewed most top executives of every major oil company during his 50-plus year journalism career. Wilson started his journalistic journey during high school as a reporter for the Shawnee News-Star. He quickly made a name for himself as a trailblazer in the field, and quickly rose at the Tulsa World as editor in 1950, business-oil editor in 1976, and general editor in 1984. For the last decade he has served as general editor and worked on special projects such as writing the daily "History in Headlines" feature which ran during Tulsa's centennial year.
ROY ANGEL (1920-1984) Roy Angel spent his entire 35-year newspaper career as sports editor of the Shawnee News-Star. He attended Purcell High School, where he quarterbacked the football team, and he graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism. He provided liberal coverage to kid league baseball, football and basketball, and wrote a regular column, "Angel's Angles." He covered OU football from 1949 to 1984, including every home game in the 47-game winning streak in the 1950s. A U. S. Navy veteran, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack in 1941. A household name in Oklahoma sports circles, Angel was admired by hundreds of young people and journalists.
ED BROCKSMITH (1941- ) Ed Brocksmith graduated from Oklahoma State University in broadcasting in 1965. A Tulsa native, Brocksmith began his career as a newsman at KRMG radio in Tulsa. In 1967, he was chosen first bureau chief to organize the news operation of the Indian Nations Radio Network, the first statewide radio news service. He returned to KRMG as reporter, news editor, and news director. In 1978, he became director of the office of public information at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where he also taught journalism. Brocksmith retired in 1997, but remains active in civic activities, including leadership in the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and Green Country Association.
Terry M. Clark
TERRY M. CLARK (1944- ) Terry M. Clark, University of Central Oklahoma Journalism Department chairman since 1990, has a record of outstanding teaching dedicated to helping students and community journalism. He began his career as news editor of the Clarinda, Iowa, Herald-Journal in 1969. In Oklahoma, he worked at the Duncan Banner, and owned the Waurika News-Democrat from 1974 to 1986. He earned his doctoral degree while teaching at the Oklahoma State University Journalism School. He also worked as a copy editor at The Dally Oklahoman. His column, "Coffee with Clark" appears in newspapers and on KCSC radio, Edmond. He holds workshops for Oklahoma Press Association members, and writes for the Oklahoma Publisher.
Robert W. Haring
ROBERT W. HARING (1932- ) Robert W. Haring graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and became city editor at The Southern illinoisan at Carbondale. He joined the Associated Press in Little Rock, Ark., in 1959. He worked in Tulsa and Columbus, Ohio, and was bureau chief in New Jersey, where he directed a Pulitzer Prize nominated project. He moved to AP headquarters in New York before turning to Tulsa as Sunday editor of the Tulsa World. He became executive editor in 1982 and established the Tulsa Literacy Coalition, the Tulsa Mentoring Council and the Tulsa World Online, the Tulsa Run and the FreeWheel bicycle ride. He retired in 1998.
KATHERINE HATCH (1934- ) Katherine Hatch started her journalism career as a reporter at the Kansas City Times. She worked at TIME in New York but left in 1959 because women weren't offered writing jobs. She joined the Kansas City Bureau of United Press International where she covered President Truman. In 1961, she joined the Daily Oklahoman where she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of the Oklahoma Supreme Court bribery scandals. She has also written three books, including the Helen Hayes autobiography, My Life in Three Acts. She was a foreign correspondent for many international newspapers in Mexico and Central America for 15 years. She lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
JIM HENDERSON (1942- ) Jim Henderson first worked at his hometown Elk City Daily News until 1966 when he moved to the Clinton Dally News. At the Tulsa World for 10 years, he was named Outstanding Oklahoma Newsman by the OSU School of Journalism. Named a Nieman Fellow, he spent a year at Harvard. He joined the DallasTimesHerald, where he established himself as a premier writer and reporter. A four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he also won many national and state honors. When the Times-Herald folded, Henderson freelanced, writing books and contributing to publications like the Washington Post and Village Voice. Since 1998, he has been Dallas bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle.
JAN LOVELL (1934- ) Jan Lovell, Oklahoma Educational Television Authority State Capitol Bureau chief, began his broadcast career at KVSO radio in Ardmore while in junior high. He graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in philosophy while he worked with KNOR. He's also worked for TV stations in Louisiana and South Carolina. In Oklahoma over the years, he was anchor and producer at KWTV, KTVY, and KAUT. He became anchor at OETA in 1981 where he and his staff covered the capitol with depth and accuracy. Lovell's "Legislative Week in review" is required viewing for those who follow what is happening at the capitol. He currently chairs the broadcast press corps at the State Capitol.
Robert H. "Bob" Peterson
ROBERT H. "BOB" PETERSON (1927-2004) Bob Peterson began his newspaper career as a paperboy for the Wewoka Times-Democrat. He entered the University of Oklahoma in 1944,then enlisted in the Air Force and became editor of the 5th Air Force Command Report in Japan. He returned to OU, was editor of the Oklahoma Daily, and received his bachelors degree and a master's degree under a McMahon Fellowship. He reported for the Lawton Constitution-Press, and for United Press International in Oklahoma City before joining the Durant Daily Democrat as owner-publisher. He held that position until 1981 when Donrey bought the paper. He still writes a column for the paper and is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half Century Club.
CHARLES WARD (1918-1999) Charles Ward became editor of the Cleburne County Times at Heber Spring~, Ark., at 17, the youngest editor in the state. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and earned a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was editor of the Oklahoma Daily and was named outstanding senior by Sigma Delta Chi. He edited the Sooner State Press and headed the Norman bureau for the Oklahoman-Times. He worked two years for the Oklahoma Press Association, five years as news editor of the Poteau News, and two years as general manager of the Durant Daily Democrat. In 1957, he began a career of public service as administrative assistant of House Speaker Carl Albert and Sen. David Boren.
Osa Lee Banzett
OSA LEE BANZETT (1906-1977) Osa Lee Banzett was born in Indian Territory; graduated from Maysville High School and graduated from what is now the University of Central Oklahoma in 1927. She married Don Banzett, who founded the Edmond Booster. She worked side by side with her husband on the paper and they eventually bought another paper, The Edmond Enterprise. After the birth of their daughters, she worked at home writing a column. They sold the papers in the late 1940s and began buying other weekly papers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, which they built up and sold for profit. In 1991 she was inducted into the Edmond Historical Society's Roll of Honor.
Ida B. Blackburn
IDA B. BLACKBURN (1929- ) Ida Blackburn began a 43-year career in Oklahoma television as "Miss Ida" for the nationally syndicated Romper Room in 1958 on KOCO-TV. She created the magazine format program "At Home with Ida" in 1960. It was renamed "Dateline Hollywood" in 1962 and the "Ida B. Show" in 1963 when she became Oklahoma's first Hollywood correspondent, interviewing entertainment stars. The show aired until 1975. She segued into advertising, selling for KOCO-TV until she opened her own ad agency. Born in Ninnekah, she is a 1952 graduate of Central State College in music.
Milton B. Garber
MILTON B. GARBER (1912-1994) Milt Garber was editor and co-publisher of the Enid Morning News and Enid Daily Eagle for 40 years and served as chairman of the board when the papers sold in 1988. He attended Enid schools and earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri before joining the military in 1945 where he worked for Stars and Stripes in the Pacific. He was president of Enid Rotary and the chamber of commerce, the United Press Publishers and the Oklahoma Press Association.
Robert L. Haught
ROBERT L.HAUGHT (1930- ) Robert Haught has been putting words to paper most of his life, beginning on a church newsletter in Marlow. At Southwestern in Weatherford and at the University of Oklahoma he worked on the school newspaper. He drew cartoons for the Thunderbird News of the Oklahoma 45th Division. He joined United Press International in Oklahoma City and managed the bureau from 1960 to 1963. He became press secretary for Gov. and then Sen. Henry Bellmon. In 1987 he became the first Washington-based editorial writer for The Daily Oklahoman. He writes a column, "Potomac Junction;' and travel articles. He is a member of the National Press Club and helped create the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for newspaper columnists.
H. C. Neal
H. C. NEAL (1922-2002) H. C. Neal, a native of Amarillo, began his journalism career when he took over the yearbook editor's job in the middle of the semester at Oklahoma City University. He served in the Army as a paratrooper in WWII and Korea. He became news editor at the Watonga Republican and news editor at the Okemah Daily Leader. He was a reporter and then chief of the Edmond bureau for The Daily Oklahoman. His eyesight was damaged in the service, but he went on to become editor of the Edmond Sun and Edmond Booster. He also wrote articles for numerous national magazines.
Maebeth "Beth" Ray
MAEBETH "BETH" RAY (1927- ) Beth Ray has worked on newspapers for 68 years, beginning at age 6 when she swept out her parents' Vici Beacon. She graduated from Oklahoma A&M College linotype School and worked as an operator at the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press, the Cyril News, at Vici, the Woodward County News, the Leedey Star, and for papers at Taloga, Seiling and Custer City. She and her husband Homer purchased The Yale News in 1965 and produced the prizewinning newspaper until his death in 2000. Her father, Ralph E. Cain and her husband are both members of the Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half Century Club.
MARK SINGER (1950- ) Mark Singer went to work for the New Yorker magazine in 1974 at age 23, perhaps the youngest person hired there as staff writer, to work on "Talk of the Town" pieces, and longer feature stories. The Tulsa native attended Yale University and graduated with honors in English. His literary journalistic style has won many awards. He worked at The Tulsa Tribune one summer while in college. He has written several books, including the first, Funny Money, about the Penn Square Bank collapse in Oklahoma City and statewide oil bust.
Jack D. Willis
JACK D. WILLIS (1940- ) Jack Willis worked at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times Democrat for 19 years, and was in charge of the news department until 1993, serving as a mentor for many journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners. His staff won many state and national awards. In 1993 he became journalism lecturer and editorial advisor for the University of Oklahoma newspaper, the Oklahoma Daily, which consistently wins national honors. He is known for his dedicated efforts to teach young journalists. Born in Tahlequah he graduated from Oklahoma State University with both bachelor and masters degrees.
PENDLETON WOODS (1923- ) Pendleton Woods began his journalism career as editor of the University of Arkansas Arkansas Traveler and student newspaper. A prisoner of war in Germany, he was commissioned after the war to serve as public information officer for the 45th Division, and inaugurated and wrote script for the first weekly TV program ever produced by an Army Division. He was reported, editor and columnist for the Southwest American at Fort Smith, and spent 21 years with OG&E as editor of its company magazine, The Meter. As a historian, he has published numerous books about Oklahoma history and biography. He established the Oklahoma Oral History program, won numerous state and national awards, and edited many publications.
E. G. "Bob" Albright
E.G. ‘BOB" ALBRIGHT (1922- ) E.G. "Bob" Albright, a native of California, came to The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times in 1952 to begin a 33year career as a photographer. A WWII veteran and tech school graduate, he is the embodiment of a photojournalist. He began with Speed Graphics and flashbulbs and met the changes of roll film and 35 mm cameras without hesitation. He is known for his unquenchable enthusiasm-a terrific photographer and a journalist who inspired many around him. He won many awards including twice Photographer Of the Year by the Oklahoma Press Association; and his work was included in the Oklahoma Historical Society's 50 years of Photojournalism exhibit.
J. Landis Fleming
J. LANDIS FLEMING (1907-1997) J. Landis Fleming wrote a neighborhood newspaper at age 10 and sold it for a penny a copy. He was editor of the Enid High School and Phillip University papers. He worked at the Springfield (Mo.) News, The Oklahoma and Times, and The Norman Transcript. He bought the Wes-Ten News in Oklahoma City, was editor of the Oklahoma Advisor and North Star, of the Moore Monitor, The Bristow News and the Kingfisher Times and Free Press. He also reported for the Journal Record, the Black Dispatch and the Oklahoma Publisher. He wrote five biographies of prominent Oklahomans. He received the Bill Crawford Memorial Media in the Arts Award for his contributions to the arts. He taught cello at OCU and Drury College.
FRANCIS LANGDON (1922-2003) Francis Langdon was born in California and is a combat submarine veteran from WWII. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Journalism School in 1948.He began his journalism career as ad manager for three and a half years at the Henryetta Daily Free Lance and then became publisher of the Tonkawa News for 42 years where he exemplified the highest level of professionalism. He is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association and Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and was honored with OPA's Beachy Musselman Award for distinguished service. He was a founding trustee of the National Recreation and Park Association.
W. U. McCoy
W. U. MCCOY (1921- ) W. U. McCoy spent more than 40 years covering arts and music, culminating in the book Performing and Visual Arts Writing and Reviewing in 1992. A graduate of Arkansas State University where he was named Outstanding Journalist, he served in the U.S. Army in WWII. He was feature editor for Western News Service, news editor at the Memphis (Tex.) Democrat and a reporter and editor at The Pampa (Tex.) News and state editor of The Amarillo Times. He completed the professional writing program at the University of Oklahoma, and worked at the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times from 1955 to 1981 as music reviewer, general reporter and copy editor as well as an assistant editor of Orbit, the Sunday magazine.
JIM MYERS (1947- ) Jim Myers, a native of Tonkawa, worked for The Enid News & Eagle and Lawton Constitution before joining The Tulsa World in 1981. The veteran political and government reporter is known for his tenacity to get to the truth and the pursuit of fairness and accuracy. In 1984 was promoted to the World's statehouse bureau and in 1990 named Washington correspondent. In 1992 he was a Paul Miller Fellow for the Freedom Forum and in 1995 a Knight Center Fellow at the University of Maryland. An Army veteran, he has three degrees from Oklahoma State University: bachelor's in social studies and journalism and a masters in history.
Frances "Fran" Morris
FRANCES "FRAN" MORRIS (1930- ) Fran Morris has always used her writing career as an advocate for children. Born in Britton, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma in English after majoring in radio and TV. She became "Miss Fran" every morning on KWTV from 1958 to 1967, after working for three years as a writer for WTAR-TV in Norfolk and KWTV. As writer, producer and hostess of "Storyland," she also wrote children's stories in columns. After earning a MA from the University of Oklahoma, she focused on mental health for children. She continued children's TV work at KFOR for 17 years. She also wrote "Speaking for Children" for The Oklahoma Gazette, KFOR and a talk show on KTOK.
PAM OLSON (1949- ) Pam Olson was the first woman to anchor a prime-time television newscast in Oklahoma City. Born in Midwest City, she began her journalism career in high school for a church youth paper. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and interned at the Oklahoma Journal, the Midwest City Monitor and KWTV, becoming anchor of the evening newscast in 1976. As a TV reporter, she wrote and produced "Gift of Life," a documentary leading to the Oklahoma organ donor law. In 1980 she joined CBS in the Atlanta bureau and CNN as White House correspondent in 1985, traveling with Presidents Reagan and Bush. She lives in Tulsa with her family and freelances for the Tulsa World.
James H. Reid
JAMES H. REID (1917-2005) James Reid was born in Muskogee and attended Oklahoma A&M in mechanical engineering. When WWII broke out he joined the Army Air Corps, where he met war correspondent Dixie Tighe who urged him to enter journalism after he wrote a story for Stars and Stripes. After the war he graduated in journalism from Oklahoma A&M and worked for the Muskogee Daily Phoenix as reporter, farm editor and photographer. In 1950, he joined The Daily Oklahoman in a 31-year career covering police courts, education and business. He cultivated a wide range of sources who trusted him because he would get the story right.
DAVE STORY (1930-2009) Dave Story got his first taste of journalism as editor of his high school newspaper in Mississippi. He moved to Oklahoma in 1961 after serving in the U.S. Air Force as military newspaper editor at several Strategic Air Command bases. He also worked at newspapers in Arkansas and Alaska. He has served as editor of the Frederick Leader, the Guymon Herald and is publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress. In his 37-year Oklahoma career his papers have won more than a hundred United Press, Associated Press and Oklahoma Press Association awards. He received OPA's Milt PhillipsAward and the Beachy Musselman Award.
David G. Averill
DAVID G. AVERILL (1945- ) David Averill, associate editor of The Tulsa World, began working there as obit writer in 1969 before he graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in journalism. In his career he's covered education, politics, the state Capitol, entertainment and general assignment and special projects, winning numerous awards. His reporting on desegregation in the 1970s won state and national awards. As editorial writer and Sunday columnist since 1985, he has concentrated on poverty, housing, children's issues, education and politics. An amateur musician, he's active in many activities, including Tulsa Gridiron for more than 20 years. Hobbies include carpentry; he has served as a construction site manager and board chairman for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.
Bob G. Burke
BOB G. BURKE(1948- ) Bob Burke has written or co-authored 43 Oklahoma historical biographies and other books for the Oklahoma Heritage Association, included one nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He was radio-television journalist and sportscaster at age 15 for KBEl in Idabel; color analyst for OU basketball network in 1967-68; news director of KOMA in 1968; news editor for KTOK from 19691971; and play-by-play announcer for ABC sports in New York from 1982-1987. A native of Broken Bow, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He was Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce under Gov. David Boren. He serves on numerous Oklahoma foundations and boards and is a practicing attorney.
LARRY HAMMER (1937-2001) Larry Hammer purchased the Fairview Republican in 1958 and the Cherokee Messenger and Republican in 1966, and owned the Woodward County Journal and Jet Visitor. He learned the printing trade at Okmulgee Tech and was sports editor of the Okmulgee Daily Times. He served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association and served on Virtually every OPA committee and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation. In 1996 he received OPA's H. Milt Phillips Award. A successful businessman, he was awarded ah honorary Masters of Laws degree for "distinct public service" from Northwestern OSU. Known as "Hammer;' he was active in local and state civic organizations and politics, and was a steadfast advocate for the underdog.
James L. "Jim" Hartz
JAMES L. "JIM" HARTZ (1940-) After radio newscast jobs at KOME and KRMG in Tulsa, Jim Hartz joined KOTV as anchor and news director. He anchored the evening news for the KNBC-TV in New York. He co-anchored the Today Show with Barbara Walters and then anchored the news for the WRC-TV in Washington DC. As a military and aerospace reporter for NBC News, he flew in the U-2 and military jets, and served as correspondent in the Yom Kippor war in 1973. He also anchored network series for PBS-TV. A native of Tulsa, he's won five Emmy and many other awards. He is a co-author of a Freedom Forum book, Worlds Apart, about science and journalism.
Michael R. "Mick" Hinton
MICHAEL R. "MICK" HINTON (1944-) Mick Hinton covers education for The Daily Oklahoman after 10 years in the capitol bureau. He was the last city editor for the Oklahoma City Times when it closed in 1964. He also worked for the Norman Transcript and the Lawton Morning Press. He has established a reputation for accurate, comprehensive reporting covering subjects without regard for politics. His articles on the corporate hog industry led to legislation protecting Oklahoma water quality. He has a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He's served as president of the Oklahoma City Society of Professional Journalists chapter and active in Oklahoma City Gridiron.
Suzanne A. Holloway
SUZANNE A. HOLLOWAY (1914-) For 24 years, Suzanne Holloway wrote the "Chef's Choice" column for the Tulsa World, which she joined as restaurant critic in 1976. She never missed a deadline and earned the respect of her "subjects" as well as her co-workers. She was the second woman to serve as editor of the OU Oklahoma Daily, and began her career at The Daily Oklahoman, where she covered wives of presidential candidates to the grim reality of Depression-era social services. A native of Antlers, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma.
Carl "Ed" Kelley
CARL "ED" KELLEY (1953-) Ed Kelley, editorial page editor of The Daily Oklahoman, served as managing editor from 1990 to 1999. He coordinated the national award-winning coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, for which he was named editor of the year by the National Press Foundation. He was Washington bureau chief from 1986 to 1990, and started with OPUBCO as roving reporter in 1975 and served as business and city editor. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Oklahoma and worked on the OU Oklahoma Daily. He was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 1998. A native of Perry, he first wrote for the Perry Daily Journal. He is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Rebecca "Becky" Mayo
REBECCA "BECKY" MAYO (1941-) Becky Mayo has been active in many phases of the operation of The Sequoyah County Times at Sallisaw since the early 1970s, currently serving as educational services director. In 2002, she was co-winner, with her husband Jim, of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation's Beachy Musselman Award for outstanding contributions to newspaper journalism. In 1992,shepioneered a comprehensive Newspaper in Education program for The Times and small newspapers that provides newspapers, tours, and youth career counseling to students. She was first chairperson of the ONF committee on NIE. She has been active in many organizations including the library board, literacy council and charitable organizations. A native of Muskogee, she is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Anthony "Tony" Pippen
ANTHONY "TONY" PIPPEN (1936- ) Tony Pippen has worked for the Ada Evening News since 1983, developing a reputation for accuracy and high ethics. As business editor, he has been instrumental in economic growth and development, bringing new industry and jobs to Ada. His love for music developed the Ada Bluegrass Festival. Born in Arkansas, he was editor of the Harding College Bison, and once was the youngest newspaper editor in Missouri, working for newspapers in Kenennet, Sikeston and Caruthersville. He has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, the Ada Chamber of Commerce, and is former president of the Associated Press in Oklahoma and an original member of the American Publishing Managing Editor's board in three states.
DARRELL BARTON 1942- ) Darrell Barton assembled and led an award-winning photo staff as chief photographer at WKY/KTVY Channel 4 in Oklahoma City. A member of the National Press Photographers Association for 30years, he serves as a faculty member at annual workshops in Norman, and the Barton critique is gospel. He was a combat Marine in Vietnam and entered TV news photography at KAKW-TV in Wichita. NPPA twice named him photographer of the year. In the 1980s he began freelancing and his pioneering trademark handheld fluid camera style landed a spot on "48 Hours" at CBS. He is widely recognized as one of the finest TV news cameramen in the country. His high standards of photojournalism have made him a legend.
Phil E. Brown
PHIL E. BROWN (1927- 2009) Phil E. Brown went to work for the Enid News & Eagle in 1953 and still writes a weekly column. He started as feature writer, covered city hall, and then served as city editor, managing editor and news editor until retirement in 1987, but still served on the editorial board. He wrote award winning editorials for many years and also wrote news for KCRC radio for 25 years. He is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half-Century Club. He is a charter member of the Enid Sunrise Lions. He graduated from Enid High School in 1945 and attended Phillips University and Central State college.
PAM HENRY (1950- ) Pam Henry was a broadcast pioneer, earning a BA at OU in 1973. Before graduation she was hired by KTOK in Oklahoma City as their first female reporter and first woman anchor. She joined WKY-TV in the same role and also worked as producer, public affairs program host and capital reporter. After working in politics in Washington, she returned to produce KWTV news before becoming noon anchor at KOCO-TV. She has worked at KSWO in Lawton. She is best remembered as manager of news and public affairs at OETA as an expert in election coverage. She won a multitude of journalism and public service awards. Retiring in 2002, the Oklahoma City native and 1959 National March of Dimes poster child still works with civic groups.
JACK LANCASTER (1950- ) Jack Lancaster began his career as sports editor at his hometown Alva Review-Courier in 1973 after graduation from Northwestern State University. He took the same job at the Elk City News the next year and was managing editor from 1975 to 1982. He became the news adviser of The Daily O'Collegian at Oklahoma State University in 1983. Under his leadership, the paper has won more than 200 national, regional and state awards. He earned a Master's Degree from OSU in 1991, and teaches advanced classes. Thousands of ex-students consider him their school of journalism. He takes part in a multitude of journalism organizations and activities. Among many honors is the Oklahoma Press Association Beachy Musselman Award.
Rusty Danenhour Lang
RUSTY DANENHOUR LANG (1947-) Rusty Lang began her career as editor of the student newspaper at East Central University in Ada. After earning a Master's Degree in English at OSU, she started writing obituaries at the Daily Ardmoreite, covered many beats, and became an award-winning reporter; In 1981, she joined The Tulsa World as a general assignment reporter and then medical reporter before becoming editor of the U.C. Living section in 1989. She won many awards for writing and headlines. In 2003, she became The World's "Word Witch" writing coach. She is an avid reader, and teaches others with her love of words. Her writing earned her induction into the Okemah Hall of Fame.
Edward K. Livermore, Jr.
EDWARD K. LIVERMORE, JR. (1944- ) Ed Livermore began delivering The Claremore Progress in 1950, and served in most positions on that paper and The Sapulpa Herald. He was editor of the OU Daily, earning a BA in journalism. After U.S. Army service, he served at the Grand Junction (Colo.) Sentinel, UPI, and Altus Times Democrat before taking over as Editor and Publisher of The Edmond Sun in 1970. He also owned the Mineral Wells (Tex.) Index and the Guthrie News Leader. Livermore wrote a front page column for 29 years and served as Oklahoma Press Association president. Civically active, he was named Edmond Citizen of the Year in 1980 and to Edmond's Hall of Fame in 2000. He's recognized for his civic and newspaper leadership.
Fred W. Marvel
FRED W. MARVEL (1943- ) Fred Marvel is Oklahoma's photographer, having worked for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism since 1966. His first photo was published at age 11 in Wyoming. At Tulsa Central High School, he was photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook, which he also repeated for the Tulsa University publications until graduation in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army. He has photographed in every county, developing a first hand comprehensive knowledge of Oklahoma. His photographs have appeared in countless international, national and regional publications. Active in the National Press Photographers Association, he is working as photo-historian for the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
William "Bill" May
WILLIAM "BILL" MAY (1938- ) Bill May began his career working on school newspapers in his native Durant, and freelancing in sports, In the U.S. Marines, he attended the Navy Journalism School, serving seven years on base newspapers and radio and TV. He worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Arlington (Tex.) Citizen-Journal, the Duncan Banner, The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, including as state editor, and for KTOK. He joined the Oklahoma City Journal Record in 1987 as the state's only full-time transportation writer. He is former president of the Moore Optimist Club and works with youth civic groups. Awards have come from the Aviation-Space Writer's Association, AP and transportation groups.
BILLIE RODELY (1953- ) Billie Rodely began her career covering small town politics and other news for WIOU radio in Kokomo, Indiana after graduation with a BA from Valparaiso University in 1978.She also worked at KFKF radio in Kansas City before coming to KTOK radio in Oklahoma City in 1987 and WKY for a year. She worked at Clear Channel Communications as radio news anchor, editor and reporter. In 1999 at OETA, she helped organize the TV production department for the Oklahoma Network. She has developed a reputation as one of the most accurate and thorough broadcast journalists in Oklahoma. Her documentaries are the epitome of good reporting, and awards follow every task she undertakes. She is active in civic groups including FOI Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Gridiron.
David G. Fitzgerald
DAVID G. FITZGERALD (1935- ) David G. Fitzgerald's passion has been chronicling Oklahoma and her people on film. A native' of Oklahoma City, he attended Oklahoma City University and the Kansas City Arts Institute. He returned to Oklahoma and joined the 45th Division of the National Guard where he worked with WWII combat photographer George Tapscott. He went from commercial photography to publishing his first photography book, Oklahoma in 1972. Nine more followed and four more are in production. His work has appeared in state and national exhibitions, and he has been a major contributor to Oklahoma Today. He's been named Photographer of the Year three times. For eight years he's traveled with Feed the Children, documenting human crises, including the 2004 tsunami.
MIKE MCCORMICK(1948- ) Mike McCormick began work in 1967 with the Shawnee News-Star, becoming city editor in 1977" managing editor in 1991 and executive editor In 1998. He is a news hound, dedicated to covering breaking news. His award winning editorials often prod politicians. He's been immersed in community service, especially Oklahoma's wildlife organizations. He serves on the board of St. Gregory's University, and he's served on many state and local organizations including as president of the Oklahoma Press/Oklahoma News Executives and on committees with The Oklahoma Press Association. He attended St. Gregory's College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and OU; and he served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Dr. Haskell O. "Woody" Gaddis
Dr. HASKELL O. "WOODY" GADDIS (1935-2008) Dr. Woody Gaddis has built the premier academic photography program in the state at The University of Central Oklahoma. The ultimate professional, he is always taking photos, always interested in keeping up to date in teaching and technology. He earned his journalism degree at Tulsa University in 1959, and worked as staff photographer at The Tulsa Dally World from 1955-1963, and from 1966-1969 before joining Central State as photographer and instructor. He built the photo program from scratch. As a dedicated teacher, he's coached countless students to successful careers. He's served on numerous community and college committees, speaking to many organizations.
John D. Montgomery
JOHN D. MONTGOMERY· (1954- ) John D. Montgomery has worked for a multitude of Oklahoma newspapers, beginning in his hometown at the Hobart Daily Democrat-Chief, as well as the Kiowa County Star Review, The Dally Oklahoman, The Oklahoma City Times, The Tulsa World and the Madill Record. He became one of the youngest publishers in the state when he purchased an interest in the Johnston County Capital-Democrat in 1977. He purchased the Purcell Register with his wife Gracie in 1990. He earned a BA from the OU School of Journalism. He's served on every committee of the Oklahoma Press Association and was elected the youngest OPA president in 1992-93. A member of NNA, he's been Oklahoma State chairman since 1996, and joined the board of directors in 2004.
Sue Lewis Hale
SUE LEWIS HALE (1944- ) Sue Hale -is a pioneer and national leader in First Amendment issues. She began her career in radio and newspapers at Winfield and Topeka, Kansas. She joined the Oklahoma City Times as reporter in 1975, and became editor of the EI Reno Tribune in 1981. Returning to The Dally Oklahoman in 1994, she served as news, city and assistant managing editor. She started OPUBCO's online and convergence operations before becoming executive editor. She's a founder of FOI Oklahoma and served as president, and helped start the First Amendment Congress. She served as president of the national FOI coalition, on ASNE's FOI committee and as president of Oklahoma's SPJ and AP/ONE. She's active in many community groups including COTP and the Red Cross.
James G. Palmer
JAMES G. PALMER (1943-) Jim Palmer has served as anchor, reporter and news director at many Oklahoma City radio stations. After earning a BA degree from OU and serving in the Army, he began his career at WRIT in Milwaukee. He worked at KADS in Elk City and KWCO in Chickasha before joining WKY where be covered city hall and the state capitol. He became news director in 1976, leading an award winning staff. He was regional broadcast executive with UPI in Dallas, worked at KDNT in Denton and returned to Oklahoma City at KTOK in 1991. He restarted WKY's news department in 1994. He's also worked for Fox Channel 25 and as news anchor at KMGL-FM and KOMA-AM.
Bettye Jane Johnston
BETTYE JANE JOHNSTON (1921- ) Bettye Jane Johnston is known as Mrs. Journalism among alumni at Bartlesville Sooner High School where she taught journalism and photography for 16 years, plus four more at a middle school. While in high school, she wrote a column for the Pawhuska Journal-Capital, became editor of the Northern Oklahoma College Maverick and the Central State Vista when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After graduation she taught journalism at Central. She continues to free lance for the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. As an education activist, she is active in a multitude of community and state women's, church, education and service organizations.
DAVE SITTLER (1945-) Dave Sittler sets the state standard for quality sports writing. His career began at the Lincoln Journal Star as reporter and then sports reporter for nine years during and after he earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Army in 1969-71. He was sportswriter and columnist at The Daily Oklahoman seven years, and The Tulsa Tribune seven, and The Omaha World Herald six, before Joining The Tulsa World in 1999. He's won numerous state and national writing awards and been named Sportswriter of the Year for Oklahoma five times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He served as president of the Football Writers Association of America and many other organizations.
James A. Killackey
JAMES A. KILLACKEY (1948- ) Jim Killackey loves reporting on complex issues. A native of Chicago, his career started at The Tulsa Tribune in 1971 and he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was managing editor of the Oklahoma Dally while working on his OU master's degree. He joined The Dally Oklahoman as reporter in 1972 and started covering education in 1976. He was a Ford Foundation fellow in education reporting in 1976. He was president of the National Education Writers Association in 19871988. He is currently health and medical writer. He's a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and president of the OU Journalism Alumni board. He's won more than 60 local, state and national writing awards.
TERRI WATKINS (1954- ) Terri Watkins doesn't giggle the news, nor read the news. She reports it. She's known for accuracy, integrity and dedication to her work; she has a love affair with facts. After graduation from the OU Journalism School, she worked for KAKS radio in Tulsa, then KNOR in Norman, KLUF in Lufkin, KOCY and KTOK in Oklahoma City. Her first TV job was with OETA. She joined KOCO-TV in 1982. She's won many national honors including the Peabody Award· twice for bringing respect to TV journalism. She hosted ABC's Nightline during the Denver trial of Timothy McVeigh. She was the first woman in Oklahoma City Gridiron, and has been president of FOI, OK, and has been a member and officer of several national investigative organizations.
JERRY BOHNEN (1948- ), news director of KTOK radio, Oklahoma News Network and Clear Channel Operations in Oklahoma City began in 1979, as reporter and investigative reporter, to become one of the most influential news broadcasters in Oklahoma. A Kansas native, he stumbled into broadcasting at Kansas State University with a degree in journalism, doing news at the student radio station. At KMAN from 1971-19n, he founded the Association of News Broadcasters of Kansas, later serving as president. At KWBW in Hutchison, he was stringer for the Wichita Eagle. He's won dozens of awards, including the Investigative Reporter and Editors Award and The Edward R. Murrow Award for reports freeing an innocent man from prison.
Jennifer Duffy Gilliland
JENNIFER DUFFY GILLILAND (1952- ) began work at the Oklahoma Press Association in 1984, serving as editor of The Oklahoma Publisher since 1990. A native of Mangum, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University before working in composing and then the editorial department at the The Oklahoman. She also worked as writer and designer at Oklahoma County Newspapers in Midwest City. At OPA, she has written innumerable articles, organized workshops and contests and produced several state press publications. All Oklahoma newspapers have benefited from her work on nearly every major OPA project in the past 20 years. A member of FOI Oklahoma, she was president in 2000.
Vicki Clark Gourley
VICKI CLARK GOURLEY (1946- ) is chairman of Nichols Hills Publishing Co. and Executive Editor of FRIDAY newspaper. She joined FRIDAY in 1974, and served as news editor and managing editor before becoming executive editor in 1980.She has received numerous state and national awards for writing and photography. Photo credits include National Geographic "Crossing America," and Publisher's Auxiliary's cover. Her investigative series on adult literacy won awards from OPA, SPJ and SNA. Her innovative designs and news coverage techniques are widely used throughout the Oklahoma newspaper industry. Civic and volunteer honors include the National Conference of Christian and Jews Humanitarian Award, the JC Penney Golden Rule award and many others. She attended Oklahoma State University.
Jenk Jones, Jr.
JENK JONES JR. (1936- ) spent 32 years at The Tulsa Tribune in jobs ranging from reporter to editor and publisher. He held various positions on the Colorado Dally while earning a degree from Colorado University. He worked as sports reporter at The Minneapolis Tribune and reporter-copyeditor at The Anchorage Times. He specialized in travel and political writing at The Trlb, covering eight national conventions. He was treasurer and director of the AP Managing Editors' Association and served on numerous state and national journalism committees. He also taught journalism and political history in universities, served as docent at museums, and received the Nature Conservancy's conservation award.
JIM LANGDON (1950- ) comes from an Oklahoma newspaper family. His parents Francis and Gloria Langdon published The Tonkawa News. After graduating from OU in 1974, he sold advertising for the Norman Transcript in 1973-rt. He was associate publisher for The Tonkawa News, 1977-81, taught advertising at OU in 1981-82, managed OPA's Oklahoma Newspaper Advertising Bureau 198284, and was president of American Newspaper Representatives in New York in 1984-86.He founded Langdon Publishing Co. and established Tulsa People Magazine in 1986. The company also publishes the monthly Intermission Magazine and other custom publications. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the OU School of Journalism in 1999,and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
Danna Sue Walker
DANNA SUE WALKER (1941- ) has written the "People and Places" column six days a week in The Tulsa World for 24 years. Her column keeps readers informed about the fundraisers and events for many of the city's nonprofit organizations, and the column is one of the reasons Tulsa is know as a caring and philanthropic city. A native of Tulsa, she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She joined The World in 1962 as society editor and left to raise her daughters before returning in 1981 to write the column. She was inducted into the University of Tulsa Communications Hall of Fame in 2005, and received the Bill Crawford Memorial Award for commitment to the arts.
George R. Wilson
GEORGE R. WILSON (1941- ) grew up in a U.S. Air Force family that traveled widely and loved photography. He became photo editor of his high school yearbook and newspaper. After serving in the Air Force himself, he worked as a photographer for Pipkin Photo. He joined the Oklahoma Journal in 1968 as staff photographer, becoming chief photographer in 1971. When that paper closed, he joined The Dally Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times in 1981 and rose to Director of Photography before retiring in 2001. He set the standard for fine photography and aggressive news coverage and led the paper's conversion to digital photography in the 1990s.
Fritz W. Wirt
FRITZ W. WIRT (1935- ) worked for five years at The Clinton Dally News and a year at The Dally Oklahoman. He worked at the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News and 19 years in Texas where he developed a reputation as trouble shooter at the Temple Dally Telegram, the EI Paso Times, San Angelo Standard Times, Del Rio News-Herald, the Huntsville Item and for Harte-Hanks in Dallas. He returned to his native Stillwater as general manager of the Oklahoma State University student newspaper The O'Colleglan, in 1988. He inherited a financially weak paper. He built the paper into a money-maker, increased newsroom salaries and developed a self supporting web site, ocolly.com. The paper has won 15 straight All American Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.
John V. Young
JOHN V. YOUNG (1934- ) has worn many hats, from sports editor of his hometown Cushing Daily Citizen to United Press International in Dallas where he helped cover the Kennedy assassination, UPI bureau manager in Kansas City, editor of the Sapulpa Daily Herald and news editor for the Tulsa Tribune to assistant news editor at The Tulsa World. The Oklahoma Press Association honored him with the Beachy Musselman Award, in 1979.He's a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is the quintessential copy editor who serves as a newsroom leader and mentor, whose goal is always, "How can we best tell this story to our readers?"
DAVID DARY (1934- ), a native of Manhattan, Kansas, received degrees from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. He worked as a journalist in Kansas, Texas and Washington, D.C, with CBS News and NBC News. He taught journalism at KU for 20 years before becoming head of what is now the OU Gaylord College of Journalism. During eleven years at OU he rebuilt the program and obtained a gift of $22 million from the Gaylord family that elevated the OU J-school to a free-standing college and gave the program a new journalism building. He is the author of 20 books on the American West including a history of the Oklahoma Publishing Company and the Gaylord family. He retired in 2000 as an emeritus professor at OU.
GRACIE MONTGOMERY (1956- ) is co-publisher of The Purcell Register. She has served on nearly every Oklahoma Press Association committee, and in 2005-2006 became the third woman OPA president. She and her husband John D. are the first husband-wife team to have served as its presidents. She earned a BBA degree from OU in 1978. She began her journalism career at The Johnston County Capital-Democrat in 1979. She was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Marion Opala to the original Oklahoma Ethics Commission. She's a board member and active in numerous Purcell civic groups.
PATRICK O'DELL (1938-) was staff cameraman at' the CBS Southwest Bureau in Dallas and covered national stories about Oklahoma for more than 30 years. Born in Lawton, he was chosen "Outstanding Graduate" by Sigma Delta Chi at the University of Tulsa in 1961. He began his career at KOTV in Tulsa. As news director he covered Oklahoma delegations at the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1964. In the 60's at WSB-TV in Atlanta, he filmed Dr. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights leaders. With CBS since 1972, he covered every presidential campaign, 10 national conventions, NASA shuttle missions, assignments in China, Russia, Cuba, the siege at Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing. He won an Emmy for coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.
PHILLIP PARRISH (1937- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1959 after having served as sports editor of The Norman Transcript in 1957-59 and The Lawton Morning Press. Born in Chicago, he attended Indiana University and earned a BA in journalism from Tulsa University. He started his journalism career at age 18 as editor of the Tulsa County News. At The World he covered high school sports and wrestling. He received an award from the Oklahoma Coaches Association and was named national wrestling sports writer of the year. He became The World's Executive Sports Editor in 1967 and became only the third World sports editor in 67 years in 1993. He retired in 2002, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2006.
BOB SANDS (1950- ) is Manager of Network News at OETA. He began his career in 1972 at KAFGFM in Oklahoma City. He's worked in Tulsa at KAKC AM-FM, in Michigan and Montana, and in Oklahoma City radio and T.V: WKY, KEBC-FM, KOMA AM ~ FM, KKNG-FM and KTOK. He was chief investigator for NBC Nightly News on the Oklahoma City bombing and worked for ABC News Prlmetlme, CNN and NBC Dateline, and won numerous local, state and national awards. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Oklahoma Professional Chapter of SPJ in 2006. A board member of FOI Oklahoma, he helped write the Oklahoma Open Records law. He is Past President of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters and the Oklahoma City News Broadcasters Association.
MIKE SHANNON (1948- ), managing editor of The Oklahoman since 1999, started his journalism career at The Oklahoma City Times in 1970 as reporter, working up through assistant editor jobs to become City Editor in 1977 to Executive News Editor in 1980 and assistant managing editor in 1989. Growing up in Lindsay, he earned his journalism degree from OU in 1970 and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He worked for The Oklahoma Daily, and interned at The Oklahoma City Times for Assistant Managing Editor Ralph Sewell in 1969. Colleagues and superiors describe him as a first-class newsman with the best news judgment in the modern history of The Oklahoman.
MIKE SOWELL (1948- ), associate professor of journalism at the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting since1998, earned his BA in journalism from OU and his MS from OSU. He started his journalism career in 1971 as reporter and editor of the U.S. Army Berlin Observer, and was sportswriter and assistant sports editor at The EI Paso Times from 1974-1977. He joined The Tulsa Tribune as sports columnist, winning numerous awards, including APSE's national column writing contest, and was Sports Editor from 1981-1992. He has written three books, two of them NY Times Notable Books of the Year, and the history of baseball for Collier's Encyclopedia. He was editor of college sports magazines for First Down Publications in Tulsa.
MARK THOMAS (1959- ) is the Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Oklahoma Press Association, representing Oklahoma's 213 weekly and daily newspapers. A native of Stillwater, he earned a BA degree at Oklahoma Christian College in 1981. He went to work for The Edmond Sun before joining OPA as assistant manager of the Oklahoma Newspaper Advertising Bureau. He was Executive Director of the Colorado Press Association from 1989-1995, returning to OPA in 1995 to succeed Ben Blackstock. He's a board member and past president of FOI, OK, and past president of the Newspaper Association Managers and represents that board on the National Newspaper Association board. He is passionate about his family, faith and safeguarding and advancing the newspaper industry to the benefit of the press and the public.
Helen Ford Wallace
HELEN FORD WALLACE (1940- ) has been a columnist for The Oklahoman for more than 50 years, working for 12 different editors. She began at U.S. Grant High School as a correspondent in 1957. She earned a journalism degree at OU, where she wrote for the Oklahoma Daily, She did graduate work at OCU, and taught journalism at Northeast High School, sponsoring the newspaper and yearbook. She has written the Sunday society column since 1978, started a shopping column and wrote many others including feature stories, also taking photos for the society section She's been chairman and president of several organizations, including the Beaux Arts Ball, the Oklahoma City Junior League, the OU Mother's Club.
JOE WORLEY (1947- ), executive editor of The Tulsa World since 1995, has been a champion of the newsroom and thinks a newspaper should aggressively cover its community and state. He joined The World in 1987 as Sunday editor. A Tennessean, he earned a BA in History from Wofford College in South Carolina. He was a copy editor, reporter at the Nashville Banner in 19731978 before becoming news director at The University of Tennessee. He returned to The Banner as city editor and later became managing editor and executive editor from 1979-1987. He served the Oklahoma Press Association board beginning in 1995 and was president in 2004-2005. He's also a member of ASNE and AP/ONE. He served in the Tennessee and Oklahoma Army National Guard, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. He's active in numerous Tulsa civic groups.
William P. Bleakley
WILLIAM P. BLEAKLEY (1943- ) grew up in Bethany and graduated from OU in political science on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He began his journalism career in the Navy during Vietnam, moonlighting for The Guam Daily News as night editor and a columnist. Returning to OU, he earned his law degree. A lifelong advocate of education, he represented the Oklahoma City school board, three educational foundations, and was a co-founder of the MAPS for Kids project. He founded The Oklahoma Gazette in 1979 to promote neighborhood conservation, and the paper has grown into Oklahoma's largest general-circulation weekly. He sold his law firm in 2003, acquired OKC Business and formed Tierra Media Group, which includes magazine, online and wireless publishing.
GERRY BONDS (1944-) earned a bachelor's degree from City University of New York and a master's from Western Connecticut University, teaching high school in New York and Connecticut. She began her journalism career at WTNH-TV in Connecticut as news anchor, winning state and national awards. Bonds moved to Oklahoma City in 1984 as prime time news anchor at KOCO-TV for nine years. After working in corporate communications, she joined OETA-TV in 1996 as co-anchor of the nightly Oklahoma News Report, the only statewide news report. She hosts the weekly Oklahoma City Metro program which has earned an Emmy award and two nominations. She has won a multitude of awards for her journalism and volunteer activities including the 2006 Governor's Arts Award for media.
ANN DEFRANGE (1943- ) has spent her career writing about Oklahoma people and places. Born in Okarche, she graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she first studied journalism. She graduated from Central State University with a minor in journalism in 1969, when she was hired at The Oklahoma City Times and Daily Oklahoman, writing weddings and engagements. She's worked on nearly every desk in The Oklahoman newsroom as reporter, copy editor, layout editor or manager. She headed the Women's News department, created a Life and Leisure section, was layout editor for business and editorial pages, copy desk editor and feature writer for the city desk. Since 2000, she has been a reporter and community columnist for the Metro sections. Ann was a founder and a director of the award-winning Newsroom 101 program for high school students.
Donna Barron Evers
DONNA BARRON EVERS (1946-), a Union City native, earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She began her journalism career in 1968 at· the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat in between degrees. She was a director of public relations before joining the Lawton Constitution in 1970 where she was a reporter and editor. Evers began teaching at Cameron University in 1982 where she was adviser of the weekly campus newspaper, The Collegian, which consistently won top national and state honors. She taught many journalism courses at Cameron and was Professor of the Year in 1993. She retired in 2001 as an emeritus professor at Cameron. She is a voracious reader and an avid fan of women's basketball.
BILL HARPER (1943- ) walked into a newspaper office in 1956. He's been hanging around ever since doing everything from paper boy to pressman to writer and in between. After attending Tulsa University, he joined the Tulsa Tribune in 1964 as sports news desk editor, covered high school and college and wrote a column, becoming administrative sports editor. He went to the Tulsa World in 1992 as operations editor, overseeing production, special event coverage, computers and design. He won Associated Press awards for best sports writing and from the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Oklahoma National Guard. He has conducted layout and design workshops for the Oklahoma Press Association, Arkansas' APME and the SNPA. A native of Claremore, he has officiated high school sports for 30 years, including state football championships and All-State baseball. He loves golf.
Lindel G. Hutson
LINDEL G. HUTSON (1946- ) joined The Associated Press in Little Rock in 1972 as reporter and editor. He began his journalism career at the Jonesboro Sun in Arkansas while earning a journalism degree at Arkansas State University. He worked as an U.S. Army journalist in the U.S. and with NATO in Europe, and as city hall reporter at the Texarkana Gazette. In 1977, AP transferred him to the national editing desk in New York City. AP promoted him to News Editor in Indiana in 1980, and Oklahoma Chief of Bureau in 1989. He is a founder, former president and board member of FOI Oklahoma, and works with the Oklahoma AP editor's group, AP/ONE, in promoting and sponsoring journalism activities and excellence.
Paul B. Southerland
PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND (1956- ) has been a staff photographer for The Oklahoman since 1975. A native of Lawton, he attended the University of Oklahoma as a McMahon Scholar in journalism. While at OU he owned and operated a photo agency supplying news photos of students to newspapers around the nation. He has worked for the Oklahoma Daily, the Oklahoma City Times, and The Daily Oklahoman, winning over 100 national, state and regional photo and reporting awards including Newspaper Photographer of the Year and News Photo of the Year from the Oklahoma Press Association, and Newspaper Photo of the Year from the Oklahoma Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He is a past officer in the Oklahoma News Photographers Association and a 32-year member of the National Press Photographers Association.
Barbara A. Walter
BARBARA A. WALTER (1944- ) began her journalism career as teen correspondent for The Oklahoma City Times at Classen High School. Barb went to work for the Oklahoma Press Association and became editor of OPA's Publisher. She became managing editor of The Hennessey Clipper in 1978 and later co-publisher. She was OPA president in 2002-03 and first woman president of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation President in 2006. She has won first place awards in national and state competitions for column writing and government! Investigative reporting. With her help, The Clipper has won more than 200 state awards and six national honors. Barb covers government, designs the paper and is bookkeeper. She is active in civic work including an organization to preserve the town's history and to make plans for its future.
BILL WALTER (1935- ) is a third generation owner of The Hennessey Clipper, which has been in his family since 1904. At age five, he delivered papers, worked as a printer's devil and by age 15 was printing the paper. He attended Okmulgee A&M Tech for Linotype, and OU as journalism major, working at the Oklahoma Daily, Alva Review-Courier, and OBU Press before graduating in 1962. He worked in public relations before returning to The Clipper in 1977 as editor and publisher. He and The Clipper have won numerous state and national awards for photography, editorials, news writing, and community service. He serves on Oklahoma Press Association committees and is active in numerous civic activities. He collects old cameras and his office wall is heavy with pistol shooting awards.
Sharon K. Dowell
SHARON K. DOWELL (1947- ) retired in 2008 as the longest serving food editor in The Oklahoman's history. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 where she was a campus reporter for the Ames Daily Tribune. She worked at the Perry (Iowa) Daily Chief and the Daily Law Journal Record in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman in 1974-1979 as a reporter. She worked as a writer for World Neighbors, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the State Fair of Oklahoma before rejoining The Oklahoman. She was promoted to food editor in 1982. She created two state culinary contests and judged national culinary competitions. She is a long-time member of the National Association of Food Editors. She is remembered as "a household name-she knew how to connect with readers."
LEWIS FERGUSON (1934- ), a Ponca City native, graduated in journalism from Oklahoma University in 1956. A McMahon scholar, he earned a master's degree from OU in 1964. He was sports and wire editor of The Ponca City News and sports announcer for WBBZ in 1958-60. He joined The Associated Press in 1960 in Oklahoma City, working in Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and Kansas City before becoming correspondent in charge of AP's Topeka Statehouse bureau in 1970. Over 29 years, he covered six Kansas governors, 29 legislative sessions and nine national political conventions. He received the OU Journalism Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. In retirement, he served four years on the Kansas Board of Regents before moving back to Ponca City in 2005.
Sue Brewster Hinton
SUE BREWSTER HINTON (1949- ) has taught journalism at Oklahoma City Community College since 1977, and has been faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper The Pioneer since 1978. She was the first recipient of OCCC's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and was named Outstanding Journalism Educator in 1994 by Women in Communications Inc. She began her teaching career as an English professor at OCCC in 1972, when the college opened its doors. She has worked for The Oklahoman, the Norman Transcript and the Lawton Morning Press. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Oklahoma. She was born in Elk City and grew up in nearby Hammon, Oklahoma.
DEBBIE JACKSON (1949- ) has been the Tulsa World's Sunday Editor since 1995. She graduated from Eufaula High School, attended Eastern Oklahoma Junior College and graduated in journalism from Oklahoma State University in 1971. She served as editor of the Henryetta Daily Freelance from 1971 until 1973 when she became assistant news editor of The Oklahoma Journal. In 1979, she joined the World as copy editor, then as an assistant city editor and entertainment editor before becoming city editor from 1985-1995. She has been the point person on the newspaper's Oklahoma Poll for 15 years. She has been lead editor on all Tulsa World special sections and organized and produced coverage of three Centennial celebrations - Tulsa's, the World's and Oklahoma's (including three books).
Russell M. Perry
RUSSELL M. PERRY (1939- ) founded the Black Chronicle in 1979, serving as co-publisher of the historic Black Dispatch. A graduate of Douglass High School, Perry attended Maryland State College. He is president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, which owns 16 radio stations in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Georgia. He was Commerce Secretary in the Keating administration; served on the boards of numerous civic organizations and banks; is a member of state, county and local commissions; and is a member of an advisory committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Perry is a member of the Oklahoma Afro American, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and American Urban Knight Halls of Fame, and was inducted into the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame.
DICK PRYOR (1955- ), Emmy-award-winning journalist, is deputy director of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority where he has been anchor of the Oklahoma News Report for more than 17 years. A native of Norman, he earned his journalism degree in 1978 and juris doctorate in 1993, both from the University of Oklahoma. He started as sports director of KNOR radio in Norman in 1978 and sports director for KFDX-TV Wichita Falls in 1979-80. He was sports anchor and reporter at KJRH- TV Tulsa in 1982-84 and KOCO- TV Oklahoma City in 1984-89. He broadcast sports for several radio and cable stations, was the Lt. Governor's chief of staff in 2007 and public relations director for the Oklahoma City 8gers in 1990-91.
RAY SOLDAN (1929- ) is considered the state's foremost historian of high school sports. At The Oklahoman, from 1952 to 1985 he covered more than 1,000 football games in 40 years and created the first rating system for basketball and track. He interviewed almost every sports figure in our recent history. He graduated in journalism at the University of Kansas in 1951, where he was sports editor of the University of Kansas Daily Kansan. After graduation, he worked at the Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Sun and was sports editor at the Lawton Morning Press. He was named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year in 1959, the first year of the award. He was one of the first inductees in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and is in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
WAYNE TROTTER (1939- ) has been co-publisher of the Tecumseh Countywide News since 1983, and The Shawnee Sun, founded in 1990, combined into The Countywide & Sun in 2008. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1961. He worked at the Jackson, (Miss.) Daily News, the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier, the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Asheboro (N. C.) Courier-Tribune. In Oklahoma he has won monthly column or editorial contests 79 times and the editorial annual sweepstakes seven times, and he has won best editorial in the National Newspaper Association contest twice. He was awarded Oklahoma Press Association's Beachy Musselman and the Milt Phillips awards, only the fifth person to win both. He is a past OPA president.
RAY DYER (1957- ) , co-publisher of The El Reno Tribune and Mustang News, graduated from El Reno High School and attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University before working as a reporter at the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark. He also covered sports at the McAlester Capital-Democrat before returning to El Reno in 1980. He started throwing the Tribune at age 11 and has worked in every area of the paper. In 2002, Dyer was named editor of the Sooner Catholic, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Dyer has served on several Oklahoma Press Association committees, as well as Sacred Heart Church parish council and school advisory committee, El Reno Chamber of Commerce board, El Reno Main Street board, Saint Katharine Drexel Retirement Center board, and as a reading mentor for El Reno Public Schools.
GLORIA G. BROWN
JIM ELLIS (1953- ), sports editor of the Miami-News-Record since 1977, also covered sports for the Sequoyah County Times in 1975-77. Born and raised in Miami, he is a 1971 graduate of Miami High School, a 1973 graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and a 1977 graduate of Northeastern State University. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Eight-Man High School Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association Quarter Century Club. He was a member of the organizing committee of the Oklahoma 8-Man Football Coaches Association All-Star game held in Miami, and still serves. A virtual one-man sports department, he covers more than six high schools plus Northeastern A&M and also assists with page design, photography and feature stories, as well as news coverage such as the Joplin tornado.
Christy Gaylord Everest
CHRISTY GAYLORD EVEREST (1951- ) became chairman and CEO of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. in 2003, the third generation of the Gaylord family to lead The Oklahoman, until its sale in 2012. A director of Opubco since 1975, she was named president in 2002, having served as corporate secretary and vice-president. Extremely active in the community, she is a past Chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and past trustee and Chairman of Casady School. Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2004, she is a past recipient of the Governor's Arts Award, and the Casady School Distinguished Graduate Award. She’s served on numerous boards for art, education and health organizations. A trustee of the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, she’s a member of the Advisory Committee of the Inasmuch Foundation. She is a driver for Mobile Meals, a weekly tutor at North Highland elementary, and Chairman of the OU Cancer Center Leadership Council.
Gerald C. Green
GERALD C. GREEN (1939- ), news editor and employee of the Clinton Daily News since 1982, is widely known for his accurate and fair reporting. He led the paper to numerous OPA and AP awards. His career began at the Austin American-Statesman as a sports deskman while attending the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1961. As a captain in the U.S. Air Force, he was a base and wing information officer; news officer for the American Forces Korea Network; and Minuteman missile crew commander. In 1968 he became editor of The Ord Quiz in Nebraska, and in 1977 copy editor for the Dallas Morning News. He started The Leader at Clinton in 1978, winning the OPA Sweepstakes Award for the state’s 37 largest weeklies. He is a member of the Clinton Kiwanis Club.
NEAL KENNEDY (1949- ) began his radio news reporting as a student at KCSC-FM in 1969 at then Central State University, graduating in 1971. He also worked at The Oklahoma Journal, at night in 1969-70, and at WKY radio until 1974. He worked for KRMC News in Oklahoma City in 1974-75 and at KVOO News in Tulsa in 1975-1999. He reported for KRMG News in Tulsa from 1999-2008. His news work earned the Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous AP and UPI broadcasting awards. He is past president of the AP and UPI broadcasting associations, past president of Oklahoma Sigma Delta Chi, on the board of the Tulsa Press Club, and in the Tulsa Press Club gridiron cast from 1977-1997. He taught broadcasting at Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University, was a KVOO Explorer Post 1170 leader, and an announcer at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in 1977-2007. He was born in Hawaii Territory.
STAN STAMPER (1953- ) began his journalism career at age 11 as sports photographer for the family-owned Hugo Daily News, becoming printer’s devil the next year. He graduated from OU in seven semesters with a journalism degree, where he worked as a staff photographer at the Norman Transcript and also earned his private pilot’s license. He returned to Hugo as advertising manager in 1975. In 1980 he and his wife Judy bought the paper, becoming the youngest daily newspaper publisher in America. He also publishes the Choctaw County Times, and has written two aviation novels. The new Hugo airport was named after him in 1983, and he was named Oklahoma Aviator of the Year in 1997. He was chairman of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, and has served as officer and member of several local and state organizations. Named Hugo citizen of the year in 1994, he’s also won many awards for writing and photography.
James D. Watts, JR.
JAMES D. WATTS, JR. (1961- ) has covered the arts for the Tulsa World since 1992, winning awards in arts criticism from the AP and the Society of Professional Journalists, the Governor’s Arts Award for media in 2001, and a 2008 Pulitzer nomination in criticism. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he was valedictorian of the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism in 1983. He began his career at the Broken Arrow Ledger in 1983 as reporter and wire editor. From 1984-1986 he was editor of the monthly Lost Treasure Magazine, and joined the Continental Heritage Press in 1986 as editor of three magazines. From 1987 to 1992 he was fine arts report and critic for the Tulsa Tribune. He won the Harwelden Award in 2006 for contributions to the arts in 2006, and was a participant in a national institute in classical music and opera in 2004 in New York City.
Faith L Wylie
FAITH L. WYLIE (1953- ) was bitten by the journalism bug in high school where she was yearbook editor, worked in the educational TV studio, and met John Wylie. She and John purchased the Oologah Lake Leader in 1984, where as co-publisher she handles all layout and design work, including the newspaper’s pioneering web site. The paper has won 14 OPA Sequoyah Awards and eight first place honors from the NNA. OPA presented both she and John the Beachy Musselman Award in 1993. She earned a BFA in graphic design from the University of Kansas; was production artist at Sun Publications in Johnson County; Kansas; graphic designer for BR Johnson Studio in 1976-1978; and was art director at Old American Insurance Company in 1979-1984. She has served as president of the Oologah Historical Society and was named Chamber Citizen of the Year in 1985.
John Wylie, II
JOHN M. WYLIE II (1953- ), co-publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader since 1984, is known for award-winning investigative journalism. His career began in 1972 as correspondent for the Des Moines Register and UPI and news director of KDIC-FM while a student at Grinnell College. He joined the Kansas City Star in 1974, becoming its first full-time energy and environment writer. He was part of the Star team that won a Pulitzer for coverage of the Hyatt disaster in 1982. At Oologah, his investigations for the Leader and national and international publications of McGraw-Hill have concentrated on energy regulation, attracting national attention. His reporting has earned more than 200 writing awards. The Leader has won 14 OPA Sequoyah Awards and eight first place honors from the NNA. OPA presented both he and his wife Faith the Beachy Musselman Award in 1993. Active in numerous journalism and community groups, he was named Oologah Citizen of the Year in 1991.
ANTHONY SHADID (1968 –2012) was foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Beirut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2004 and 2010 for coverage of the Iraq war. From 2003 to 2009 he was Islamic affairs correspondent for The Washington Post. He also worked as Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press in Cairo, news editor of the AP Los Angeles bureau, and for the Boston Globe. His 2005 book Night Draws Near, covered the war’s effects on Iraqi people, Ridenhour Book Prize. He won numerous awards, including Overseas Press Club and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Shadid was a 2011 recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American University of Beirut. Born in Oklahoma City and a graduate of Heritage Hall High School, he was a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He died from an asthma attack covering the turmoil in Syria.
JAMES COBURN (1955-) has served as reporter and photographer for The Edmond Sun since 1986. A native of Oklahoma City, flexibility is Coburn’s middle name, going from a passion as photographer to feature writer and then the city beat and state politics. He was one of the first on the scene of the Edmond Postal massacre, and one of the first at the Murrah bombing. His investigative pieces have included nursing homes, race relations, Alzheimer’s, death row, drunken driving, and the homeless. He writes annually about the Edmond HOPE center project, helping raise funds. He’s won two sweepstakes awards from AP, and first places from AP and SPJ. He won the American Cancer Society’s High Plains Media Award in 2008 and 2009. He won the Edmond Historical Society Historic Preservation Award as well as Photo of the Year from the Oklahoma Press Association.
JOE HIGHT (1958- ) became editor of The Colorado Springs Gazette in 2012 after a 27-year career with The Oklahoman. Hight began his career on The Vista at Central State University. He worked at the Guthrie Daily Leader, the Lawton Constitution and the Shawnee News-Star before joining The Oklahoman in 1985 as a reporter. He held many newsroom jobs before becoming a managing editor in 1999 and director of information and development in 2007. Active in community and professional organizations, he was president of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, chairman of the Mid-America Press Institute and elected to the national APME board. He’s written numerous booklets and articles for the Dart Center, APME and other publications. He’s taught and lectured for universities and media groups around the world, been involved in efforts that have garnered national awards, and has been featured in books.
JOHN KLEIN (1953- ), senior sports columnist since 2005 for The Tulsa World, began his career in high school as a sports writer for the Perry Daily Journal, crediting Milo Watson with encouraging his career. After graduation from OSU, he was sports editor for the Daily Ardmoreite in 1976-78 before joining the Tulsa World as sports writer. He worked for the Houston Post in 1985-1900 covering the Southwest Conference, before returning to the World in 1990, leading the coverage of the Murrah building bombing. He became sports editor and columnist in 1995, Known for his enthusiastic storytelling, he has covered NASCAR, boxing and golfing. Winning numerous awards, he was Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year in 2000, the top national wrestling writer for seven straight years and the top college baseball writer in the country in the 1980s.
MIKE MCCARVILLE (1940- ) has built a national following in political coverage with his online The McCarville Report, beginning in 1980. He started as a teen correspondent in Del City for the Oklahoma City Times in 1957, served in the Army and returned to the Daily Oklahoman and Times in 1961 as reporter. He was publisher of the Del City News in 1963 and worked at the Oklahoma Journal, Tulsa Tribune, Norman Transcript and Oklahoma Courier. He became assistant news director of KWTV in 1971-72. He was Gov. Dewey Bartlett’s press secretary and worked in his senatorial campaign. He worked at KTOK Radio as investigative reporter, talk show host and program director in 1991-2005. He’s been active in several national and state organizations, including being director of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees.
MARY MÉLON (1961- ), president and publisher of The Journal Record, was named publisher in 2001 after serving as advertising director and associate publisher beginning in 1995. She is a member of the senior management corporate team for The Journal Record’s parent company, the Dolan Company, and serves as group publisher of daily group operations for five additional markets. Mélon earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OU in 1983. A member of the downtown Rotary Club, she was named Rotarian of the Year in 2003-2004. In 2004, she received 2004 Association for Women in Communications Byliner Award. She was awarded the 2008 Embrace Award by the YWCA, for empowering women and eliminating racism and was inducted into the OCU Meinders School of Business Hall of Honor in 2012.
TOM MUCHMORE (1950- ) is the third generation publisher of The Ponca City News and The Tonkawa News. He also owns and is manager of WBBZ Radio and president of poncacity.net, an Internet provider. He graduated from Ponca City Senior High School and earned a BBA degree from OU. He’s involved in a multitude of professional organizations in Oklahoma and has served as chairman of the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. He is currently a trustee on the Lew Wentz Foundation at OSU and a member the OSU Student Media Board. Muchmore received Ponca City’s Outstanding Citizen Award in 2001. He served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1997, and was honored with OPA’s highest honor, the Milt Phillips Award in 2009.
Oliver C. Murray
OLIVER C. MURRAY (1941- ) joined the newsroom at WKY-TV (Now KFOR) in 1968 after serving in the Army, becoming the first African American photojournalist in Oklahoma City. He held many positions including chief news photographer and production/operations manager in a 38-year career. He became a force in the newsroom as a role model for minorities and with the advent of electronic journalism, helping pioneer live news coverage, commanding the station’s and Oklahoma’s first “live truck.” He, Bob Dotson and George Wesley teamed to produce a documentary on black history in Oklahoma that won three Emmys. He covered the state capitol, the 1973 McAlester Prison riot, the 1977 Girl Scout murders and the 1995 Murrah building bombing. He was instrumental in starting the local chapter of the Association of Black Journalists.
ED BLOCHOWIAK (1950- ) has been a photojournalist for the Shawnee News-Star since 1973. A native of Shawnee and graduate of Shawnee High School, he joined the paper after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. He has covered everything from dance recitals to politics, fatal fires and the Murrah bombing. Known for his dramatic compositions, he is interested in shooting civic ceremonies. He approaches photography knowing that whatever happens each day can be exciting. His photos have won more than 90 awards from the Associated Press and Oklahoma Press Association and other organizations. He has been awarded Photo of the Year once by AP and twice by OPA.
Thomas H. “Tom” Boone
THOMAS H. “TOM” BOONE (1936- ), worked as sports writer for the Bixby Bulletin for almost 40 years before retiring in 2012. A Missouri native, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and played baseball for the Marines. He began writing for the Bulletin in 1972 for $10 a story. He created the Bulletin’s “Player of the Year” award in 1979, and the award is now named for him. He was credentialed by four post-season bowl games, the World Series, and major league baseball teams. He was elected to the first class of the Bixby Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, and is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association Quarter Century Club. He owns a sports reporting company. He earned two degrees from Cal State Fullerton, worked as a police office and as an insurance adjustor, and served on the Bixby City Council.
JAY CRONLEY (1943- ) has been an institution of Tulsa newspapers since the early 1970s. Writing three columns a week for the Tulsa World since 1992, he’s never missed a column. He’s known for his wry humor about everyday life. After attending OU, where he was all-conference second base, he worked in New York as a stockbroker before joining The Daily Oklahoman as a sports writer. He worked at the Tulsa Tribune as sports writer and columnist in the 1970s. He also writes a column for ESPN about horse racing. He has written eight novels, five of which have been made into major movies, including Funny Farm with Chevy Chase, Quick Change with Bill Murray and Let It Ride with Richard Dryfuss. In addition to numerous state awards, he won a national non-fiction writing award from Playboy Magazine. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 2001.
CAROLYN ESTES (1943- ), marketing director at the Oologah Lake Leader, has built a state-wide and national reputation for her Newspapers in Education work, including a nationally syndicated column for weekly newspapers. She joined the Leader in 1982 as reporter and photographer and developed the NIE programs. She’s won numerous awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, including the President’s Award, and she serves on the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation board. She’s written three 8-chapter serial stories for newspapers. She’s most known for her almost endless volunteer work—for the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Senior Citizens and other organizations. She’s past president of the chamber of commerce, was citizen of the year in 2001, received the town’s Community Spirit Award and Spirit of Will Rogers Award and the OEA Marshall Gregory Award. The Oologah town board honored her with a Carolyn Estes Day.
LARRY FERGUSON (1937- ), grew up helping his father Jo. O. Ferguson in his hometown Pawnee Chief, and graduated from OU in 1960 with a journalism degree. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to publish the Cleveland American with his wife Ninagay in 1962. In partnership with his brother D. Jo Ferguson at Pawnee, he began publishing the Hominy Progress in 1970. Elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1985, he served as Minority Leader in 1991-1998, before stepping down after 20 years because of term limits. His son Rusty runs the American. He returned to publish the Chief after his brother died in 2010, and is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association Half Century Club. He served on the Cleveland board of education, and the board of the Oklahoma State School Board Association from 1980-1985, also as president in 1985.
Kelly Dyer Fry
KELLY DYER FRY (1959- ), editor of The Oklahoman and vice-president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group, is a third generation Oklahoma journalist who joined OPUBCO in 1994 as features editor of The Oklahoman before joining its digital operation in 1996. She served as director of multimedia and led the team that launched NewsOK in 2001. She began her career at the family newspaper, the El Reno Tribune, and worked on The Daily O’Collegian before graduating from Oklahoma State University with a journalism degree in 1981. She serves on OSU’s Student Media Board and on the boards of the Health Alliance for the Uninsured and F.A.T.E., Fighting Addiction Through Education. She also served on the Teen Recovery Solutions board for six years helping grow Oklahoma’s only sober high school.
William A. Hamilton
WILLIAM A. HAMILTON (1935- ) A Pauls Valley native, he began his journalism career as a paperboy for the Anadarko Daily News. A Master Parachutist, he served 20 years as an infantry officer, including two tours in Vietnam, earning the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 20 Air Medals, four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He served as editor-in-chief of the Lincoln (NE) Capital Times. For 25 years, along with his syndicated newspaper column, he was a featured commentator for USA Today. He has also been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour, and CNN. The author of award-winning articles on military and aviation subjects, he and his wife Penny are the authors of four spy novels. He is a member of the Oklahoma Army ROTC Wall of Fame and the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.
TIM SCHNOEBELEN (1944- ), a third generation journalist, is publisher of the family-owned Mooreland Leader, where he began working at age 10 in the backshop. He wrote for the student newspaper at Northwestern State College (now NWOSU) and worked as a Linotype operator for the Oklahoma Daily at OU. He and his wife Karen returned to Mooreland in 1967 and took over ownership in 1972. He helped establish a central offset web printing plant at The Leader in 1986, printing as many as 18 weeklies. He’s served on numerous Oklahoma Press Association committees and received OPA’s highest award, the H. Milt Phillips award and the OU Regents' Award. The Leader has won numerous awards, including five OPA Sequoyah awards as top weekly in its class. A retired volunteer firefighter, he has been active in several civic groups and was a member of the Mooreland Hospital and economic development boards.
JAN STRATTON (1940- ) joined KSWO-TV in Lawton in 1980 as Public Affairs Director. She moved to the News Department in 1981 as a reporter and was promoted to 6 pm and 10 pm Anchor and News Director. In 2006, she became Executive Producer of 7 News and co-producer, writer and anchor of 7 News at 5:00 pm. In 2010, she launched 7 News at 4:00 pm as producer, writer and anchor. During her tenure, the News Department won dozens of awards for best newscast, best public issues reporting, best general reporting and best photography from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the AP and UPI. She served on numerous boards and committees and performed with the Lawton Community Theatre, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, winning an OCTA acting award. She helped give hundreds of new reporters and photographers their start. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducted her in 2008. She retired in 2014.
JULIE DELCOUR (1951- ) an associate editor of the Tulsa World, came to Oklahoma in 1977 after graduating from the University of Missouri and working four years at Springfield newspapers. She has covered higher education, county and city government, state and federal courts. Her coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials earned national attention, and Newsmaker of the Year from the Association of Women in Communications. After joining the Editorial Board in 1998, she was part of an editorial team honored by APONE for work leading to a buyout of endangered residents in the Tar Creek superfund site. In 2014, the Tulsa YWCA named her one of 100 Women With Moxie on its 100th birthday.
Edward L. “Ed” Goodwin, Jr.
EDWARD L. “ED” GOODWIN, JR (1935-2014), editor and publisher of the historic Oklahoma Eagle in Tulsa, began working in his father’s paper as a paper carrier. He earned a journalism degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and worked at other newspapers in Tulsa and Kansas City. “Born with a torch in his hand and heart,” he was active in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Well known for efforts in preserving and promotion of the historic Greenwood District, he spent tireless hours fighting for just causes. He was a pillar in the North Tulsa community, putting himself on the front line for economic, political, and social justice in the city.
James O. Goodwin
JAMES O. GOODWIN (1939- ), publisher and editor of the historic Oklahoma Eagle since 1979, and attorney at law, serves on a multitude of civic boards and a recipient of a multitude of awards, including Tulsa Press Club Print Icon Award and The University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame . In 2003, he received the Lifetime Excellence Award with the East Regional Health Center in Tulsa renamed The James O. Goodwin Health Center. A graduate of the University of Tulsa and Notre Dame, he successfully challenged before the U. S. Supreme Court the constitutionality of a state statute and before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals the constitutionality of a Tulsa city ordinance prohibiting freedom of speech and was co-counsel in the matter of reparation for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race riot.
RON HAGLER (1940- ) began his career as news film cameraman at KSWO-TV in Lawton during his senior year. He was chief photographer for KOTV in Tulsa from 1963 to 1967. He was co-owner of Hagler-Callaway Productions for 17 years, producing commercial and industrial films which won numerous ADDY and National awards. In 1983 he joined CBS as a freelance technician out of the Dallas Bureau. For 23 years, he covered major news events around the world, including the Oklahoma City bombing, and was part of an Emmy award winning team covering the Mexico City earthquake in 1985.
John A. Hruby
JOHN A. HRUBY (1964-2014), co-publisher of the Marlow Review and Comanche County Chronicle, was a third-generation Oklahoma journalist, following his father Al Hruby and grandfather Harrington Wimberly. He graduated from Duncan High School, from Schreiner University in Texas and OU with an MBA. He became publisher of the Duncan Banner in 1997 when his father retired. John bought the Review in 2007, and was active in the Oklahoma Press Association. He was vice president of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation's board of trustees. An Eagle Scout, he worked with the Boy and Cub Scouts. A homicide victim along with his wife and daughter Katherine, he is remembered for being active in both Marlow and Duncan.
Joy “Tinker” Hruby
JOY “TINKER” HRUBY, (1966-2014), co-publisher of the Marlow Review and co-owner of the Comanche County Chronicle, was born in Kerrville, Texas. She and John Hruby were married there in 1989. She earned degrees from Schreiner University and an education degree from Cameron University. She taught second grade in Duncan and also worked in real estate, banking and as a private investigator. A Girl Scout, she was a scout leader, a member of the Jaycee Janes, and supported the Stephens County Humane Society. A homicide victim along with her husband and daughter Katherine, she worked with her husband to produce a quality newspaper and was active in both Marlow and Duncan.
ROSE LANE (1962- ), managing editor, general manager and deputy publisher of OKC Friday, started there in 2002 as News and Society editor. She earned a bachelor's degree from Truman State University in Missouri in 1984. She was assistant news director for KRMS/KYLC radio in Osage Beach, Mo. in 1985-86 before joining the daily Reveille/ Lake Sun Leader as reporter. In 15 years she served as associate editor and special sections editor. In 1996, she helped start the weekly, Lake Week. In 1998 she became editor and sales executive for Vacation News. She's worked with the Oklahoma Press Association; awards include the OPA's Quarter Century
Patrick B. McGuigan
PATRICK B. MCGUIGAN (1954- ) covered sports for the Bishop McGuinness High School newspaper, and wrote for The O’Collegian when earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at OSU. He is editor and publisher of The City Sentinel, and in 2009 founded CapitolBeatOK.com, an online news service. He writes for Perspective Magazine, the OCPA publication. He was editor of The Initiative and Referendum Report in Washington for 10 years and in 1988 was elected to the National Press Club. He directed The Oklahoman editorial page from 1990-2002. McGuigan is state secretary-treasurer for SPJ, a member of the OKC Gridiron Club, and has written three books and edited seven.
GARY REID (1936- ), publisher emeritus of the Kingfisher Times & Free Press, is an Altus native and graduated from OSU. His first newspaper job was working for his brother, Ken, and Ed Burchfiel at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. He was editor of the Wewoka Daily News before buying the Hollis News. In 1979 he purchased Kingfisher and still works full time, writing his column, View from Behind the Plow. A staunch defender of the public’s right to know, he fought against a corrupt city administration, resulting in the ouster of city officials. He received the Oklahoma Press Association Beachy Musselman Award, SPJ's First Amendment Award, and was Kingfisher Citizen of the Year, all in 2002.
JENIFER REYNOLDS, (1958- ) co-host of the television show Discover Oklahoma since 2002, was born in Miami, Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma State University, she won the DuPont-Columbia Award, the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. She worked six years in radio news at KOSU-FM and WKY-AM, followed by 14 years at KWTV-TV, where her reports led to reform of state charity bingo laws, management changes at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, new EMS service in Oklahoma City, and closure of a DEA storefront selling precursor chemicals for illegal drugs. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television in 2001.
Judy Gibbs Robinson
JUDY GIBBS ROBINSON (1956- ), assistant director of Student Media and editorial adviser to The Oklahoma Daily at OU, began her career at the Columbia (Mo) Daily Tribune before joining The Associated Press, working in Utah, New York, West Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s from the OU Gaylord College. She spent four years as minority affairs reporter at The Oklahoman, returning to OU in 2007. Along with reporting and writing awards, she was named a College Media Association Honor Roll Adviser in 2012. She’s a member of CMA, the FOI-OK board and SPJ.
ROBBY TRAMMELL (1952- ), news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, was editor of the papers at Seminole High School and Seminole Junior College. Earning his bachelor’s degree at UCO, he worked full time covering Edmond for The Oklahoman. He was reporter and managing editor of the Seminole Producer for 15 years and led The Oklahoman’s Tulsa bureau in 1987-1990. As an award-winning investigative reporter, he exposed Seminole County County commissioners bid-rigging, opening a statewide federal inquiry and public corruption scandal; the secret indictment of an Oklahoma governor; also probing the Oklahoma City bombing. He has a master’s at OU. He is on the Oklahoma Press Association board.
Bill Perry (1950- ), Vice President of Content Production at OETA, had been a director, photographer, reporter and anchor at KTEN-TV in Ada by the time he graduated from East Central University in 1972. At KOCO-TV in the early 1970’s, he anchored weekends and was a reporter. He has worked for KDFW-TV in Dallas; WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky; WBBH-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida; and at WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. Returning to Oklahoma in 1986, he worked at KTEN and KAUT in Oklahoma City in advertising sales. He joined OETA in 1990 as news department Field Bureau Manager. Developing numerous documentaries with Emmy nominations and other awards, his work has earned eight regional Emmy Awards and two Western Heritage Wrangler Awards. As regional vice president of the Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards, he is responsible for bringing the annual Emmy Awards Gala to Oklahoma City. He has been inducted into the “Silver Circle” of the Heartland Emmy Chapter.
Louise Abercrombie (1935- ), business editor of the Ponca City News, working there since 1968. She’s known for her research and accuracy as lead reporter covering all facets of community news. She’s interviewed one-on-one six Oklahoma governors and covered five presidents, several international leaders and many members of Congress. Her reporting included acquisition of the Maryland Mansion and the creation of Kaw Dam. Her 15–year column, “Lookin’ With Lou,” appears every Sunday, and her series “Women of the 80’s” followed 110 women. She photographs all her stories. Involved in numerous community causes, she was the first woman named Outstanding Citizen of Ponca City. Honors include the Oklahoma SBA Journalist of the Year, and the OPA Beachy Musselman Award. It’s said no story is verified unless Louise reports it.
Bob Barry, Jr.
Bob Barry Jr. (1956-2015) was Oklahoma’s KFOR-TV’s Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor at the time of his death. He joined the station as a weekend sports anchor in 1982 after working at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls. He began his career in Oklahoma City in 1980 as Sports Director for KAUT-TV, then to KTVT-TV where his father was Sports Director. Beginning in 1993, he hosted a talk radio show “Sports Morning” on Oklahoma City’s WWLS-AM/FM “The Sports Animal.” He hosted several coaches’ shows for OU and OSU since his radio career started as a Norman High School sophomore in 1973. He earned a BA at OU in Radio/TV/Film-Journalism. He created the Channel 4 basketball team, “The Foul Shots” in 1982, which has raised more than $1 million for charities. As head coach and general manager, he holds the team’s record for most 3-point shots attempted and missed. Many awards include Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year six times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His wife Gina and four adult children survive him.
Virginia Bradshaw (1929- ), award-winning reporter for the Countywide&Sun since 2012, was a Chandler High School senior when a feature she wrote won her a Chandler News-Publicist job. Between freshman and sophomore years at OU, she worked brief periods at the Woodward Daily Press, Alva Review-Courier and Anadarko Daily News. She was the Oklahoma Daily society editor, hosted a women’s program on OU’s KUVY and after earning a BA in journalism, became St. Gregory’s College public information director/journalism teacher. She worked at the Norman Transcript; and 26 years as a Shawnee News-Star public affairs/general news reporter; and The Oklahoman covering Pottawatomie County. She met her late husband of 55 years, Jim Bradshaw (Hall of Fame, 1995) at the Shawnee News-Star when she asked him if he knew of any summer jobs. He didn’t, but asked her for a date. The author of two books, she is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association’s Quarter and Half Century clubs.
Nolan Clay (1959- ) joined The Oklahoman in 1985, distinguishing himself as an investigative reporter with more than 100 state, regional and national awards for excellence. His work on the Oklahoma City bombing involved covering both trials in Denver in 1997, McVeigh’s execution in 2001 and co-conspirator Nichols’ state trial in 2004. He’s a consultant for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Other stories have exposed corruption by state officials and a governor’s campaign. In 2015, he broke the story on the state Corrections Department using the wrong drug in an execution. He worked at the Sulphur Times-Democrat in the summers of 1981 and 1982 and the Tulsa Tribune in 1984. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 with a bachelor’s and from the University of Missouri in 1983 with a master’s degree, both in journalism.
Randy Ellis (1955- ), a tenacious investigative reporter, joined The Oklahoman in 1982 and spent more than three decades exposing public corruption and government waste throughout Oklahoma. Known for his analytical mind, Ellis worked individually and as part of investigative teams to expose corruption in higher education, gubernatorial campaign financing, county government, school bond financing, the Oklahoma Legislature and other state and local government offices. He also helped cover some of the most tragic events in Oklahoma history, including the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and several deadly tornadoes. His efforts earned him more than 110 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Ellis worked as a state desk reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock from 1979-82 and as a reporter for the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., from 1977-1979. A native of Kansas, he earned a journalism degree from Kansas State in 1977.
Janet Pearson (1954- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1974, a year before graduating from the University of Tulsa. In a 20-year reporting career she covered a multitude of beats including energy, poverty, transportation, medicine and social services. She became synonymous with the words “Tulsa City Hall.” She joined the Editorial Board in 1994 and was named Associate Editor in 2007. She championed health and social issues, and was an expert on economic development issues. She played a major role leading the World’s fight against cockfighting, earning the Genesis Award from the national Humane Society. She won numerous other state and national honors including from AP/One for coverage of the Tar Creek disaster. She retired in 2013. Since retiring from the Tulsa World, Pearson has been writing and recording occasional commentaries for KWGS, the NPR affiliate in Tulsa.
Kenneth O. Reid
Kenneth O. Reid (1926- ) was active in the ownership of ten Oklahoma newspapers before retiring in 1991. After graduating from OU in journalism in 1950, he was ad manager at the Claremore Progress for Ed Livermore Sr., Wheeler Mayo and Ed Burchfiel. In 1953 they bought the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat and he and Burchfiel soon bought the Wewoka Daily Times and Frederick Daily Leader. In 1962, the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat became Oklahoma’s first offset daily paper. In 1972 he bought the Weatherford Daily News, converting it to offset. He eventually bought the Vinita Daily Journal, the Nowata Star, the Perry Daily Journal, theKingfisher Times and Free-Press and the Sand Springs Leader and Times. Reared in the first aboveground house in old Greer County, he attended Altus schools and served in the infantry in WWII. He served as district Rotary governor and president of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Rita L. Sherrow
Rita L. Sherrow (1950- ) has served as the Tulsa World's TV World Editor and Television Editor for 37 years, covering local and national TV news and programming. She writes a TV column for Weekend magazine and her "TVtype" blog is one of the paper's most popular. She is a walking, talking history of Tulsa television—even the stations turn to her for answers. A feature writer for the Scene section, she writes a TV column for Weekend magazine. A graduate of Broken Arrow High School, she joined the World in 1971 as an intern before earning a BA in journalism/advertising from the University of Tulsa in 1972. She served as bridal editor and senior feature writer for the Family section. Since 1975, she’s been a full-time volunteer at the Tulsa State Fair as Assistant Horse Superintendent and volunteers with SPCA as a dog socializer and rescues dogs near her horse ranch south of Tulsa.
James Beaty (1952- ), managing editor at the McAlester News-Capital, began there after graduation from East Central University in 1985. His reporting and writing, especially investigative journalism, have won a multitude of awards. He helped report and write a series exposing nepotism and other issues that led to the dismissal of the school superintendent in 2016. It earned six state and national awards, including a national SPJ first place in-depth enterprise reporting award, presented in Washington. He's twice won AP sweepstakes awards for investigating city hall corruption, leading to the firing and resignation of two city managers. His weekly column, "Rambling Round" is a reader favorite, and has won national and state awards. Beaty was an artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities council in poetry and folk music. At East Central, he was editor of the literary magazine and won ECU’s Paul Hughes Award.
Steve Booher (1947- ) began his 45-year community newspaper career as sports editor at the Winfield (KS) Daily Courier in 1969. He retired in 2014 after 34 years as general manager and publisher of the Cherokee Messenger & Republican. Booher worked as general manager of the Fairview Republican in 1971-1974, reporter at the Duncan Banner in 1974-75, managing editor at the Clinton Daily News 1975-1979 and reporter at the Custer County Leader in 1979. Elected president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2008, he led the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and served on numerous OPA committees. Awards include the OPA Beachy Musselman Award. As a graduate of the “Larry Hammer school of journalism,” he’s proud of his editorial writing awards. Active in community organizations, he was named Cherokee Citizen of the Year in 1995. The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
John Durkee (1955- ), with more than 40 years of radio news experience, has been the dean of Tulsa's radio news scene since 1989 when he joined KRMG, becoming news director in 1991. He was among the first to report on mine tailings pollution at Tar Creek, working with Congressman Mike Synar. In 2008 he served as communications director for the city of Tulsa before becoming news director of the University of Tulsa's public radio station, KWGS in 2009. He's a regular guest on RSU-TV public affairs programs. Tulsa Press Club named him the 2016 Media Icon. After attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and OSU, he worked at KTOK in Oklahoma City, KAKC in Tulsa and KFSB in Joplin. Among Durkee's many awards as a broadcaster, he’s twice won both regional and national RTDNA Murrow Award, and awards from the AP, UPI, SPJ, and Oklahoma and Missouri associations of broadcasters.
Lis Exon (1956- ), has served as producer, reporter and anchor at OETA-TV in Tulsa since 2006. Beginning as reporter and anchor for KXXO and KELI radio in Tulsa, she has worked as a television reporter, producer and anchor, including KJRH in Tulsa, WESH in Orlando, KUSA in Denver and KTRK in Houston, and reported for CNN, NBC and ABC. Awards dominate her work: IRE for a series leading to federal indictments and convictions of state Senate President Finis Smith and wife; the Texas Governor’s Award for an investigation leading to the passage of laws reforming the parole process. Oklahoma SPJ twice honored her as having the Best Reporter Portfolio. In 2015 she received the “The Colby Award” for reporting on mental health issues. In 2016, Exon received the most awards for individual stories from SPJ, including five first places. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Tulsa in 1978.
Carla Hinton (1966- ), religion editor at The Oklahoman since 2002, established a reputation for fair and balanced reporting, no matter the subject or religious group, especially stories about diverse communities. She joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as an American Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. In 1988 to 1989 on the community desk, she covered the City of Moore and Moore Schools, and Oklahoma City Hall from 1889 to 1996, when she became Assistant Community Editor and Community Editor in 1998 to 2000. She served as general assignment reporter, 2000-2002. Awards punctuate her career—2009 Journalist of the Year by the Tulsa Association of Black Journalists; 2012 Excellence in Religious Journalism Award by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches; 2016 Friend of Faith Award from the Oklahoma Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Others include first places in columns and enterprise reporting. An Oklahoma City native, she attended OU.
Randy Krehbiel (1956- ), a native of Hinton, began his journalism career interning at the Oklahoma City Times before earning a journalism degree at OSU in 1978. After a year at the Marion (IN) Chronicle-Tribune, he joined the Tulsa World's sports staff, covering everything from college football to boxing. In 1993 he joined the news staff, covering higher education. He's known as a consummate reporter, and for his research and analysis in helping readers understand difficult issues in Oklahoma politics, elections and state and federal politicians. His historic coverage of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission and resulting John Hope Franklin Commission was praised by the Oklahoma Eagle, the historic black newspaper. He currently covers government and politics for the World.
Dr. Paul Lehman
Dr. Paul R. Lehman (1941- ) was the first African American newsperson on Oklahoma City television in 1968 at KWTV-9, where he was reporter, photographer, writer, producer and weekend anchor and news editor. In 1969 he was co-creator and host of "Soul Talk," an African American community affairs show. His broadcast career began with radio news commentary at KCSC in Edmond in 1967. His website, www.paulrlehman.com and blog, America’s Race Problem, continue his journalism and scholarship as author, consultant and lecturer. Earning a Ph.D. at Lehigh, he became UCO’s first African American professor in 1976, serving as English professor and dean of the graduate college. He’s written numerous books and journalistic and scholarly articles. He's listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans and in American Education. Dr. Lehman has served on many state boards and councils and lectured throughout Oklahoma and other states. He earned B.A. and M.E. degrees from UCO.
Ralph Schaefer (1939- ) began his community newspaper career at the El Reno Daily Tribune in 1969 after graduating from UCO. In 1973 he joined Retherford Publications as associate editor for Southeast News, Tulsa County News and Owasso Reporter. Other than working for the Oklahoma City Journal Record in 1979-81, Schaefer worked on all Retherford papers as the group grew—Skiatook Journal, Coweta American, Collinsville News, Broken Arrow Ledger, Wagoner Tribune, Bixby Bulletin, Jenks Journal, Sand Springs Leader, and Mannford Eagle. Running the Tulsa Daily Business Journal and the Tulsa Daily Commerce and Legal News, he was named senior editor when they combined in 2013. He has interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justices and did a series on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices. The Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association honored him with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest recognition for a non-lawyer.
Gene Triplett (1949- ) began his career at The Oklahoma Journal in 1976 where he covered the Karen Silkwood lawsuit. He joined The Oklahoman in 1981, and from 1989 to 1999 was the paper’s longest serving city editor, helping direct coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He served as president of the AP News Executives board in 1995-96, and has been listed in Who's Who in America. He served as entertainment writer/editor and columnist from 1999 to 2013, earning numerous awards. In 2011, Triplett was only the second journalist inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He’s one of the founders of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. He's interviewed dozens of celebrities, including Robert Redford about Cox dropping the Sundance Channel. His first novel, “Wheel Man,” was published in 2016. He earned a journalism degree at UCO in 1975 after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.