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Hall of Fame Honorees

1992 Members

Windsor Ridenour

Windsor Ridenour

1992 Lifetime Achievement Award WINDSOR RIDENOUR (1938-2019) was a journalist and leader who started as a reporter for The Tulsa Tribune. He became the Oklahoma City bureau chief, then city editor and assistant managing editor before becoming executive editor in 1989....

M.C. Garber

M.C. Garber

Inducted: 1992 M.C. GARBER (1867-1948) was one of the Enid area's towering figures from the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893 until his death 55 years later. He was a lawyer, judge, mayor, congressman and journalist. Garber bought an interest in the Enid Morning...

Mary Jo Nelson

Mary Jo Nelson

Inducted: 1992 MARY JO NELSON (1927-2007) started with the Oklahoman and Times and demonstrated unusual versatility, serving as an editor and a writer on such diverse beats as courthouse, city hall, state capitol, education, religion, business and architecture. She...

Donald J. Morrison

Donald J. Morrison

Inducted: 1992 DONALD J. MORRISON (1913-1988) was editor and publisher of his family's newspaper, The Waurika News-Democrat, from 1951 to 1981. A prolific writer, he was a champion of responsible and quality community journalism. His untiring efforts—using the...

Deacon New

Deacon New

Inducted: 1992 DEACON NEW (1925-1998) started his long and varied journalism career as editor of the Madill Record. After joining the Oklahoma City Times in 1950, he served that paper and the Daily Oklahoman as a reporter and editor for most of the next four decades....

Joe W. Taylor

Joe W. Taylor

Inducted: 1992 JOE W. TAYLOR (1923-1978) worked on newspapers from age 15 until his death, except for service in World War II. He learned Linotype at the Haskell News and worked on dailies at Corpus Christi and Alva, later publishing the Hinton Record for three years....

Warren F.  Bickford, III

Warren F. Bickford, III

Inducted: 1992 WARREN F. BICKFORD III (1918-1980) was a working newsman for 40 years, primarily in Blackwell, starting as a general reporter and advancing through various positions to general manager of the Blackwell Journal-Tribune. Active in civic affairs, he also...

Joseph Henry Carter

Joseph Henry Carter

Inducted: 1992 JOSEPH HENRY CARTER (1932- ) has reported for United Press International in Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Dallas, for Sapulpa and Honolulu newspapers and for the Oklahoma Journal. He was an aide to congressmen and to Presidents Johnson and Carter and...

Kay Dyer

Kay Dyer

Inducted: 1992 KAY DYER (1928-2020) was the first woman ever named city editor by the Oklahoma Publishing Co., first at the Oklahoman and then at the Oklahoma City Times. After 21 years with OPUBCO, she joined her family's newspaper, the EI Reno Daily Tribune, where...

Mary Goddard

Mary Goddard

Inducted: 1992 MARY GODDARD (1924-1991) was a leading force for the improvement of Oklahoma journalism from the time she was a teenager until her death at age 66. After beginning her news career on the Lawton Constitution in 1943, she went to work in Oklahoma State...

Hall of Fame Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Windsor Ridenour

Windsor Ridenour

1992 Lifetime Achievement Award WINDSOR RIDENOUR (1938-2019) was a journalist and leader who started as a reporter for The Tulsa Tribune. He became the Oklahoma City bureau chief, then city editor and assistant managing editor before becoming executive editor in 1989....

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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