Lea M. Nichols

Inducted: 1975

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.