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

Hall of Fame Honorees

1987 Members

Irvin Hurst

Irvin Hurst

Inducted: 1987 IRVIN HURST (1904-1995) was one of Oklahoma's best-known political and government writers, beginning on the Oklahoman and Times, first as a reporter and then as city editor. Hurst wrote 46th Star, a book which gives an account of early statehood days...

Ennis C. "Tex" Helm

Ennis C. "Tex" Helm

Inducted: 1987 ENNIS C. "TEX" HELM (1903-1982) set a world record by photographing Carlsbad Caverns National Park with 2400 flashbulbs. Earlier in life, he was a photographer on the Oklahoman and Times. His career expanded into newsreels, a step that took him around...

Joe Howell

Joe Howell

Inducted: 1987 JOE HOWELL (1910-1998) began his newspaper career as a Tulsa Tribune carrier boy and went on to become the newsroom's expert on politics, government and a myriad of other subjects. He joined the Tribune staff as a full-time reporter in 1927, stopping...

James R. Bellatti

James R. Bellatti

Inducted: 1987 JAMES R. BELLATTI (1927- ) has won acclaim in public service as well as in journalism. He was general manager of KSPI and KSPI-FM from 1951 until 1961 and has been publisher of the Stillwater News-Press for the past quarter-century. He is a past...

Bill F. Bentley

Bill F. Bentley

Inducted: 1987 BILL F. BENTLEY (1924-1997) was editor and publisher of the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press for 20 years. A journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he has given aid to his alma mater in a number of capacities. Bentley is a Purple Heart...

Carter Bradley

Carter Bradley

Inducted: 1987 CARTER BRADLEY (1919-2008) was a journalist, administrator and publicist for many decades. After working on several Oklahoma newspapers, he spent 17 years with United Press International. He served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on...

Richard Franklin "Dick" Dudley

Richard Franklin "Dick" Dudley

Inducted: 1987 RICHARD FRANKLIN "DICK" DUDLEY (1905-1978) demonstrated the importance of good journalism to a small community during the 35 years, 1934-69, in which he published the Hollis Daily News. His column, "Across The Desk," served as a vehicle to promote...

Ruth Robinson Greenup

Ruth Robinson Greenup

Inducted: 1987 RUTH ROBINSON GREENUP (1912-1984) worked for Oklahoma newspapers before going, in 1940, to South America to help edit papers in Brazil and Argentina and to work for Reuters. After returning to the United States, she and her husband, Leonard Greenup,...

Richard R.  Hefton

Richard R. Hefton

Inducted: 1987 RICHARD R. HEFTON (1930- ) is president, editor and publisher of Oklahoma County Newspapers, Inc., the largest newspaper group in the Oklahoma City area. Earlier he was an executive on the McAlester News Capital and the Journal Record in Oklahoma City....

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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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