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Hall of Fame Honorees

1974 Members

Byron L. Abernethy

Byron L. Abernethy

Inducted: 1974 BYRON L. ABERNETHY (1899-1959) published the Duncan Banner for 33 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...

John Cronley

John Cronley

Inducted: 1974 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,...

Alva Dopking

Alva Dopking

Inducted: 1974 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...

Norris G. Henthorne, Sr.

Norris G. Henthorne, Sr.

Inducted: 1974 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,...

Frank McGee

Frank McGee

Inducted: 1974 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 nation's...

Jack Morris

Jack Morris

Inducted: 1974 JACK MORRIS (1921-2010) 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...

Ned Shepler

Ned Shepler

Inducted: 1974 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...

Vance H. Trimble

Vance H. Trimble

Inducted: 1974 VANCE H. TRIMBLE (1913- ) was the first state journalist to win the "triple crown" in national journalism awards in 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...

Harrington Wimberly

Harrington Wimberly

Inducted: 1974 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...

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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