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Hall of Fame Honorees

1978 Members

Harold R. Belknap

Harold R. Belknap

Inducted: 1978 HAROLD R. BELKNAP (1904-1975) for more than fifty years helped build the Norman Transcript into one of the top daily newspapers in Oklahoma, a consistent award winner for excellence in state fair competitions. He became editor and publisher in 1969. A...

Edgar T. Bell

Edgar T. Bell

Inducted: 1978 EDGAR T. BELL (1893-1972) came to Oklahoma City in 1915 as advertising manager of the Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman. Ten years later he became general manager for the Oklahoma Publishing Co. and WKY radio, which he helped found. He retired from OPUBCO after...

Fred G. Cowles

Fred G. Cowles

Inducted: 1978 FRED G. COWLES (1866-1949) was a newspaperman for 63 years, 31 of them as publisher of the McAlester News Capital (1918-49), until his death at the age of 83. The standard of his management system was community service and the use of much of his profits...

Travis Hensley

Travis Hensley

Inducted: 1978 TRAVIS HENSLEY (1851-1944) was a double pioneer of Oklahoma Journalism. He made the run into the state when the Cheyenne-Arapaho lands were opened for settlement in 1892, established the first newspaper in the territory, the El Reno Democrat. The...

George Hill

George Hill

Inducted: 1978 GEORGE HILL (1915-1994) ranks among the all-time greats of Oklahoma country editors, with more than 40 years as editor and publisher. He worked on the Ardmore Morning Democrat, Ada Bulletin, and Johnston County Capital-Democrat in the 1930's. After...

Donald W. Reynolds

Donald W. Reynolds

Inducted: 1978 DONALD W. REYNOLDS (1906-1993), one of the nation's most successful group newspaper publishers for nearly four decades, published 31 daily newspapers in eight states, 12 of them in Oklahoma. His Donrey company also owned eight radio stations. Best known...

Ernest J. “Ernie” Schultz

Ernest J. “Ernie” Schultz

Inducted: 1978 ERNEST J. "ERNIE" SCHULTZ (1930-2017) became national president of the Radio Television News Directors Association (1977-78) by the double route of a quarter-century of outstanding work as a television newsman and service to his various professional...

Travis Walsh

Travis Walsh

Inducted: 1978 TRAVIS WALSH (1924-1976) worked on Texas newspapers and for the Associated Press before joining the Tulsa Daily World in 1946. For twenty years he worked as state capitol and Washington correspondent, editorial writer and managing editor. In 1974 he...

Edward Austin

Edward Austin

Inducted: 1978 EDWARD AUSTIN (1897-1975) worked on newspapers in Frederick, Oklahoma City, Chicago and Milwaukee before joining the Scripps Howard newspaper organization in Cleveland (1928). He became managing editor for both the San Diego Evening Tribune and Morning...

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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