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Hall of Fame Member

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 first columnist to win the Best Editorial of the Year award two years in a row (1954-55) in OPA competition. He led the crusade that exposed Wagoner County election scandals and was the first to expose corruption in the Supreme Court. In 1974 he launched a new suburban newspaper, Friday, serving The Village and Nichols Hills. Within a year it was the largest paid circulation weekly newspaper in Oklahoma. It won two national awards and three OPA annual sweepstakes awards for large weekly newspapers.

J. Leland Gourley
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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