Explore our gallery of Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame members. Learn about how to make a nomination.

Hall of Fame Honorees

1985 Members

James J. Downing

James J. Downing

Inducted: 1985 JAMES J. DOWNING (1914-1981) entered journalism in his native state of Missouri at age 19 and then worked 15 years for United Press before buying an Ohio newspaper, the Sharon Spectator. He spent 15 years on the Tulsa Tribune as an editor and columnist,...

Charles E. Engleman

Charles E. Engleman

Inducted: 1985 CHARLES E. ENGLEMAN (1911-2003) devoted half a century to Oklahoma newspapers and to journalism education. Forty-five of those years were spent as editor and publisher of the Clinton Daily News. Engleman was named "Benefactor of the Year" by the...

Don Ferrell

Don Ferrell

Inducted: 1985 DON FERRELL (1929- ) has devoted energy to a variety of interests in addition to journalism. He has owned and worked for a number of Oklahoma newspapers and has been publisher of the Chandler Lincoln County News since 1962. As a state senator, 1966-74,...

Robert L. Kidd, Sr.

Robert L. Kidd, Sr.

Inducted: 1985 ROBERT L. KIDD, SR. (1876-1959) founded the Spiro Times as the first newspaper in that town and went on to become publisher and owner of the Poteau News. He wrote a weekly column, "Down Memory Lane," for many years and was well-known as an editorial...

J. Nelson Taylor

J. Nelson Taylor

Inducted: 1985 J. NELSON TAYLOR (1900-1992) has been recognized as an outstanding reporter of governmental news. He spent 20 years on the Tulsa World and another 20 on the Oklahoman and Times and also worked for other papers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, including six...

Howard M. Wilson

Howard M. Wilson

Inducted: 1985 HOWARD M. WILSON (1916-2005) is known for his high standards of ethics and accuracy and his expertise as an oil writer and Oklahoma political and legislative reporter. He has worked for the New York Civil Service Leader and a number of Oklahoma...

Jack Bickham

Jack Bickham

Inducted: 1985 JACK BICKHAM (1930-1997) displayed amazing energy as a prolific writer and highly regarded educator. With 61 published novels to his credit including westerns, mysteries, comedies and science fiction - he had a great deal to offer his writing students...

Ed Burchfiel

Ed Burchfiel

Inducted: 1985 ED BURCHFIEL (1911-1999) is recognized as a civic leader as well as an innovative publisher who is credited with introducing offset printing to daily newspapers in Oklahoma. Starting his journalism career as a copy boy for the Tulsa World in the late...

Roy Butterbaugh

Roy Butterbaugh

Inducted: 1985 ROY BUTTERBAUGH (1898-1971) published the Cimarron News of Boise City for 40 years, 1926-66, making it a strong voice for community development and improvement. Since it was the only newspaper in the county, he felt a special obligation to publish all...

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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