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Hall of Fame Honorees

1980 Members

Willis A. Lansden

Willis A. Lansden

Inducted: 1980 WILLIS A. LANSDEN (1912-1986) typified the country editor who built both a community and its newspaper. He began work on the Beaver (OK) Herald Democrat in 1937, purchased it in 1944, and made it into one of the state's best community newspapers. He...

Savoie Lottinville

Savoie Lottinville

Inducted: 1980 SAVOIE LOTTINVILLE (1906-1997) developed the University of Oklahoma Press into the nation's best regional book publisher during his 29 years as director (1938-67). He developed three of the four outstanding collections of the press and edited the...

Dale McConathy

Dale McConathy

Inducted: 1980 DALE McCONATHY (1938-1989) is ranked one of the top editors and consultants of American magazines, after 20 years of editing such publications as Time, Vogue, McCall's, Harper's Bazaar, Aperture, and others. Among his 17 published books and monograms is...

P.A. “Buddy” Sugg

P.A. “Buddy” Sugg

Inducted: 1980 P.A. "BUDDY" SUGG (1908-1976) provided the leadership that developed Oklahoma's first television station, WKY-TV. During his 10 years with the Oklahoma Publishing Co. he was manager of WKY radio (1946-49), first manager of WKY-TV (1949-56), and a...

James H. “Jimmie” Baker

James H. “Jimmie” Baker

Inducted: 1980 JAMES H. "JIMMIE" BAKER (1920-2003) has received two Emmy Awards and nominations for ten others during his thirty years as a producer and director for ABC-TV. A native of Tulsa, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, he started in radio...

Jacques DeLier

Jacques DeLier

Inducted: 1980 JACQUES DELIER (1919- ) is past president and general manager of KWTV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, and tops all state broadcasters in awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for his television editorials. He joined KWTV in 1954...

E.L. Goodwin

E.L. Goodwin

Inducted: 1980 E.L. GOODWIN (1902-1978) editor and publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle of Tulsa for four decades, earned national respect with his life-long campaign for civil and human rights. His newspaper, the voice of black people in the Tulsa area, reached far beyond...

J. Leland Gourley

J. Leland Gourley

Inducted: 1980 J. LELAND GOURLEY (1919-2013) achieved national prominence as editor and publisher of the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance. The paper won sweepstakes of the Oklahoma Press Association thirteen years as the best small city newspaper in the state. He was the...

Bob Lee Kidd, Jr.

Bob Lee Kidd, Jr.

Inducted: 1980 BOB LEE KIDD, JR. (1914-1986) has published the prize-winning Poteau News and LeFlore County Sun for 32 years. A member of the Oklahoma Press Association's Half-Century Club for 50 years in state newspaper work, he has been active in the OPA for 40...

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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