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 University of Missouri, he worked on the Daily Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times and United Press for fifteen years before going to the Tulsa Daily World in 1954. He was capitol correspondent for five years, editorial writer, associate editor and columnist for fifteen years, and became managing editor in 1976. He syndicates two daily newspaper columns and is the author of a book on Oklahoma government.