John F. Easley

Inducted: 1976

JOHN F. EASLEY (1872-1956) was a pioneer state journalist, starting his career on the Daily Ardmoreite in 1897. He purchased the nearly bankrupt newspaper in 1918 and made it a successful and high quality community daily for the next 38 years. He established a tradition of working for community growth and improvement, and opposition to corruption in public office, without sensationalism. In 1935 he established radio station KVSO of Ardmore. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame inducted him in 1937 and the University of Oklahoma selected him for its Distinguished Service Award in 1952.