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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 served on numerous local and regional leadership boards and groups. He was president of the Northwest Oklahoma Press in 1957-58 and the Oklahoma Press Association in 1968-69.

Willis A. Lansden
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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 2024 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

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