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, traveling to 40 countries, before becoming editor of the Bixby Bulletin, in which capacity he served twice. His freelance output was impressive, and he was the author of four novels.