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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, he was author of the Shield Law and was minority leader in 1972-74. He was a press secretary to Gov. Henry Bellman and later was a special assistant when Bellman was in the U.S. Senate. Ferrell served in the Air Force and Air National Guard before retiring as colonel and was active in the Oklahoma Press Association, serving in 1984 as its president. 

Don Ferrell
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 2024 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

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