Wheeler Mayo

Inducted: 1972

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 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 often dominated state fair competitions for weeklies. He was 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.