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Hall of Fame Honorees

1983 Members

Allan W. Cromley

Allan W. Cromley

Inducted: 1983 ALLAN W. CROMLEY (1922-2011) was the dean of Oklahoma newsmen in Washington. As chief of the Washington Bureau of The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times for several decades, Cromley kept Oklahomans abreast of national affairs as they affected the...

Harry E. Heath, Jr.

Harry E. Heath, Jr.

Inducted: 1983 HARRY E. HEATH, JR. (1919-1996) was director of the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting from 1967 until 1982, when he asked to be assigned to full-time teaching. During that span, the school grew from 200 to 750 majors. Dr....

N.G. (Bill) Henthorne, Jr.

N.G. (Bill) Henthorne, Jr.

Inducted: 1983 N.G. (BILL) HENTHORNE, JR. (1915-1973) was born within sight of The Tulsa World and devoted much of his adult life to the paper. He began work there while he was a high school student and was associate editor at the time of retirement. He was active in...

Roy Temple House

Roy Temple House

Inducted: 1983 ROY TEMPLE HOUSE (1878-1963) founded the international literary quarterly Books Abroad in 1927 during his long tenure on the University of Oklahoma faculty. He was chairman of the OU modern languages department from 1918 until 1942. Dr. House's eminence...

J.L. Jennings

J.L. Jennings

Inducted: 1983 J.L. JENNINGS (1915-2011) retired in 1982 as vice president of the Donrey Media Group's central newspaper division after 32 years with Donrey and 57 years in the newspaper business. He started as a 10-year-old carrier for the Oklahoman and Times in...

N. Beachey Musselman

N. Beachey Musselman

Inducted: 1983 N. BEACHEY MUSSELMAN (1897-1963) was a consistent winner of editorial writing awards, and his column, "Beach nuts and Newsbeams" also won recognition many times in various state and national contests. At the time of his death, Musselman was editor and...

Ray Tassin

Ray Tassin

Inducted: 1983 RAY TASSIN (1926-2011) took charge of Central State University's journalism program in 1961 when it had only a journalism minor and 50 students. Under his direction the department has expanded to two baccalaureate and two masters degrees with 900...

Vivian E. Vahlberg

Vivian E. Vahlberg

Inducted: 1983 VIVIAN E. VAHLBERG (1948- ) brought honor to her state when President Reagan installed her in 1982 as the first woman president of the prestigious National Press Club. As assistant Washington Bureau chief for The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times,...

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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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