Explore our gallery of Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame members. Learn about how to make a nomination.

Hall of Fame Honorees

1979 Members

Harry S. Culver

Harry S. Culver

Inducted: 1979 HARRY S. CULVER (1922-2005) was international vice president-at-Iarge for the Newspaper Guild. He served four terms as secretary-treasurer and two terms as president of the Wire Service Guild. A native of Chickasha, he worked on the Anadarko Daily News...

Phil Dessauer

Phil Dessauer

Inducted: 1979 PHIL DESSAUER (1918-1997) is only the second Oklahoman to serve as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, doing so after nearly four decades of service to the organization. A BA and MA (1939) graduate of the...

Ray J. Dyer

Ray J. Dyer

Inducted: 1979 RAY J. DYER (1899-1992), manager (1932-34) and president (1955-56) of the Oklahoma Press Association, ranked among the top newspaper editors and publishers of the state. He worked on newspapers in Kansas and Missouri before coming to the Oklahoma City...

John Fischer

John Fischer

Inducted: 1979 JOHN FISCHER (1910-1978) ranked among the top magazine editors in the nation during his 34 years with Harper's magazine as editor (1944-52), editor-in-chief (1953-67), and contributing editor (1967-78). A native of Texhoma, he worked on the Daily...

S. Edward Lee

S. Edward Lee

Inducted: 1979 S. EDWARD LEE (1886-1982) founded the Harper County Journal at Buffalo and published the paper for many decades. The paper holds countless state fair awards for excellence. He is the epitome of the country editor and publisher who works as long and hard...

Charles Long

Charles Long

Inducted: 1979 CHARLES LONG (1938-2008) achieved national prominence as news editor (1967-71) and editor (1971- ) of The Quill, award-winning national magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. He is the first Oklahoman to edit this...

Earl H. Richert

Earl H. Richert

Inducted: 1979 EARL H. RICHERT (1914-2005) went from the lowest to the highest job with Scripps-Howard Newspapers during his 43 years with the company. These range from copy boy for the Oklahoma News (1936-37) to editor (1959-69) and editor-in-chief (since 1969) for...

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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