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Hall of Fame Member

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 students. Dr. Tassin worked on daily newspapers in three states and was owner, editor and publisher of The Konawa Leader 1953-56. He is the author of five books and 600 articles in magazines and Sunday newspaper magazine supplements. After serving in the Navy in World War II, Tassin rose to commander in the Naval Reserve and holds seven campaign medals, 14 battle stars and 11 letters of commendation.

Ray Tassin
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 2023 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.

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Assistant hall of fame director named

Assistant hall of fame director named

Amber Loomis was recently named as assistant hall of fame director. She will help Director Joe Hight in planning for the hall of fame induction and other activities on a contractual basis. Loomis, in her role as UCentral administrative specialist, has already worked...

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