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Hall of Fame Honorees

1982 Members

Lyndell Newton Williams

Lyndell Newton Williams

Inducted: 1982 LYNDELL NEWTON WILLIAMS (1923-2007) was executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, the nation's largest press association. A native of Newcastle, Oklahoma, he held a number of posts, including assistant publisher, on the Holdenville Daily...

John R. "Jack" Dyer

John R. "Jack" Dyer

Inducted: 1982 JOHN R. "JACK" DYER (1931-1981) served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association, the Oklahoma AP Managing Editors, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, and the EI Reno...

Ralph "Waldo" Ellison

Ralph "Waldo" Ellison

Inducted: 1982 RALPH "WALDO" ELLISON (1914-1994) began writing seriously in 1939 and is the author of short stories and essays in various journals and magazines. His 1952 novel, Invisible Man, won the National Book Award in 1953. In 1965, a poll of authors, critics...

Frank Hilton Greer

Frank Hilton Greer

Inducted: 1982 FRANK HILTON GREER (1862-1933) organized the State Capital Company in 1889 and published three issues of the Oklahoma State Capital from Winfield, Kansas, before the April 22 Land Run. Upon moving to Guthrie at that time, he published three newspapers,...

C. Joe Holland

C. Joe Holland

Inducted: 1982 C. JOE HOLLAND (1915-2007) retired in 1981 after a forty-year association with the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, including nine years as the school's director. His career in journalism goes back to 1934, when he began work on the...

James Clark Nance

James Clark Nance

Inducted: 1982 JAMES CLARK NANCE (1893-1984) is widely recognized as one of Oklahoma's most influential legislators and publishers. Born and reared in Arkansas, he owned an interest in a number of Oklahoma newspapers and became publisher of the Purcell Register in...

Leslie Gordon Niblack

Leslie Gordon Niblack

Inducted: 1982 LESLIE GORDON NIBLACK (1873-1948) was one of the state's most prominent early-day journalists. An Indiana native, Niblack worked briefly for Chicago and Kentucky papers before becoming editor of the influential Guthrie Daily Leader in 1894. During the...

Thomas R. Phillips

Thomas R. Phillips

Inducted: 1982 THOMAS R. PHILLIPS (1900-1956) founded the Holdenville Daily News in 1927 and published it until his death. He also joined his brother Milt in buying the Seminole Daily Producer, the Wewoka Daily Times and Wewoka Capitol Democrat. He was president of...

Edyth Thomas Wallace

Edyth Thomas Wallace

Inducted: 1982 EDYTH THOMAS WALLACE (1880-1975) started writing a nationally syndicated column in 1930 and continued it for 36 years. Called "Points for Parents," the column was carried in 60 papers in the United States, Canada and Cuba. She wrote a book with the same...

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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