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 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 was Associated Press general executive for the Midwest, embracing 19 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.