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Hall of Fame Honorees

1986 Members

Glen Bayless

Glen Bayless

Inducted: 1986 GLEN BAYLESS (1916-1989) began reporting for the Oklahoma News in 1938 and left the state the next year to begin a long career, much of it in Washington, as a United Press reporter and as a writer and editor for Newsweek and Business Week. He did public...

Edith Walker Forbes

Edith Walker Forbes

Inducted: 1986 EDITH WALKER FORBES (1901-1984) showed a determination in publishing—putting out the Times-Record in Gotebo by herself until she died at 83—that seldom has been equaled. Born in Fleetwood, Oklahoma, she taught in Oklahoma and the Philippines until she...

Richard L. Jones, Jr.

Richard L. Jones, Jr.

Inducted: 1986 RICHARD L. JONES, JR. (1909-1982) combined a long journalism career with civic activities. He was president of the Tulsa Tribune for 30 years, president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, chairman of the Bureau of Advertising of the...

Wallace Kidd

Wallace Kidd

Inducted: 1986 WALLACE KIDD (1915-1986) held an impressive number of positions in journalism and in state and community civic affairs. He spent much of his career on the Anadarko Daily News, serving as editor and co-publisher after holding several other posts on the...

Edward F. Montgomery

Edward F. Montgomery

Inducted: 1986 EDWARD F. MONTGOMERY (1918-2009) devoted almost half a century as a highly respected writer and editor, most of it in Oklahoma. Born in Missouri, he was a 1940 journalism graduate of the University of Missouri and first worked for the Shelby County...

James L. “Jim” Pate

James L. “Jim” Pate

Inducted: 1986 JAMES L. "JIM" PATE (1932-2011) was president of the National Newspaper Association, having also served as director, treasurer and vice president of that organization. Co-publisher of the Madill Record and The Texhoman, Pate is a member of a...

Herbert J. Pate

Herbert J. Pate

Inducted: 1986 HERBERT J. PATE (1903-1990) started his journalistic career early when, at age 7, he started as a carrier boy for the Hobart Daily Republican. Two weeks after earning a journalism degree at the University of Missouri, he was named city editor of the...

James T. Young

James T. Young

Inducted: 1986 JAMES T. YOUNG (1923-2005) reported on presidential visits to Oklahoma, beginning with Eisenhower and continuing through Reagan, and on eight national political conventions during a 35-year career with the Oklahoman and Times. Following service in the...

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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