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Hall of Fame Honorees

1994 Members

Omer N. Schnoebelen

Omer N. Schnoebelen

Inducted: 1994 OMER N. SCHNOEBELEN (1912-2005) took over the Mooreland Leader in 1946 when his father retired from the paper. Schnoebelen's role as a weekly publisher included reporting, selling ads and operating the Linotype. Called a force for the improvement of...

Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor

Inducted: 1994 MARGARET TAYLOR (1926-2005) was president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1990-91, the first woman to serve in that office. She began newspaper work in 1953 when she and her husband, Joe Taylor, leased the Hinton Record. Three years later the...

F.E. “Wally” Wallis

F.E. “Wally” Wallis

Inducted: 1994 F.E. "WALLY" WALLIS (1907-1981) was an Oklahoman and Times sports writer for 27 years and the state's foremost golf authority, winning national honors for his writing on the subject. He served as president of the Golf Writers Association of America and...

Eric Allen

Eric Allen

Inducted: 1994 ERIC ALLEN (1916-1986) served in 1969-70 as president of the Western Writers of America. He wrote 30 books, mostly Western fiction, selling his first one in 1959. One of his screenplays, Smoke in the Wind, starred Walter Brennan. Allen wrote feature...

Jane Bryant

Jane Bryant

Inducted: 1994 JANE BRYANT (1933-2019) published a newspaper at age seven in her neighborhood in Cushing and continued in journalism in grade and high schools and at the University of Missouri, working summers during college for the Cushing Daily Citizen. She joined...

Ferdie J. Deering

Ferdie J. Deering

Inducted: 1994 FERDIE J. DEERING (1910-1993) spent 48 years with the Oklahoma Publishing Co., including 30 years as editor of the Farmer-Stockman during which he worked to help farmers adapt new technology to their operations. Upon his death he was lauded as having...

Edward L. Gaylord

Edward L. Gaylord

Inducted: 1994 EDWARD L. GAYLORD (1919-2003) headed a media and entertainment empire that spanned the country. However, he considered his role as editor and publisher of the Daily Oklahoman as his lifetime work and most important business enterprise. The newspaper has...

Joan E. Gilmore

Joan E. Gilmore

Inducted: 1994 JOAN E. GILMORE (1927- ) worked from 1952-80 for the Daily Oklahoman in such capacities as news reporter, women's editor and metropolitan editor. She expanded women's page coverage to include a wide range of topics and to report on social activities of...

Stan Hoig

Stan Hoig

Inducted: 1994 STAN HOIG (1924-2009) has written more than a dozen published books on Western history subjects. His many awards include the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Non-fiction Book. He is professor emeritus after teaching journalism for...

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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