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Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Journalism

Located at the University of Central Oklahoma, the hall of fame honors the men and women who’ve made outstanding contributions to journalism in Oklahoma, the United States and worldwide.

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HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

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LIFETIME AWARDS

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YEARS OF JOURNALISM

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Years of Honorees

Will Rogers

INDUCTED: 1971 – 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.

Ralph Ellison

INDUCTED: 1982 – 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.

Pam Henry

INDUCTED: 2004 – Pam Henry (1950-2018) 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.

Paul Harvey

INDUCTED: 1973 – Paul Harvey (1918-2009) of Tulsa was a leading conservative political commentator and columnist for many decades. He broadcasted for more than 462 radio stations and 126 television stations daily, and his column appeared in 300 newspapers, reaching more people than any other journalist in the nation.

Edith Gaylord Harper

INDUCTED: 1989 – 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.

50 Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Our Greatest Journalists

Arthur B. Ramsey: Oklahoma's pioneer newsreel cameraman

A native of Oklahoma City, 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...

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Ida B. Blackburn: A pioneer in television

From 1958 to 1975, Ida B. Blackburn hosted more than 3,000 shows on live television at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. Following that remarkable run on the air, Ida B became the first female sales executive at a television station in the state...

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Claremore native officiates high school sports for 30 years

Bill Harper walked into a newspaper office in 1956. He’s been hanging around ever since, filling roles from paperboy to pressman to writer and everything in between.

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‘The Hanoi Hilton’ and a tragic day in Linda Cavanaugh's hometown

From the air, it was a beautiful sight. Our plane had begun the descent to land in Vietnam, and I marveled at the number of small blue lakes that dotted the countryside. 

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How to Submit a Nomination

Selection Process

Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of hall of fame members, including its director, and distinguished leaders in journalism. The Selection Committee considers all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years, before selecting the honorees.

The 2022 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Sunday, Ocober 31, 2021.

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2021 Hall of Fame

Upcoming Events

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May

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2021 Induction Ceremony

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Gala

Friday, May 14, 2021Oklahoma History Center • Reception at 5 p.m. with banquet at 6 p.m. • Business attire • Event location at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. + Google Map

Friday

May

14

2021 Induction Ceremony

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Gala

Friday, May 14, 2021Oklahoma History Center • Reception at 5 p.m. with banquet at 6 p.m. • Business attire • Event location at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. + Google Map

2021 Induction Ceremony

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Gala

Friday, May 14, 2021Oklahoma History Center • Reception at 5 p.m. with banquet at 6 p.m. • Business attire • Event location at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. + Google Map