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Hall of Fame Member

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 the Oklahoma Press Association in 1941 and was active in a number of state and local organizations, including nine years on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. He was an early promoter of United Press (now named United Press International) in Oklahoma. That news wire service gives the Tom R. Phillips Award annually in recognition of service to UPI. Phillips took the offensive in several stormy and effective editorial crusades. 

Thomas R. Phillips
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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 2022 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Sunday, Ocober 31, 2021.

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