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Hall of Fame Honorees

1995 Members

W.P. “Bill” Atkinson

W.P. “Bill” Atkinson

Inducted: 1995 W.P. “BILL” ATKINSON (1906-1999) has had a varied career as journalist, builder, educator and politician. He began his journalistic career as a printer's devil while in high school and later was the founder of the Oklahoma Journal. Atkinson was head of...

Donovan Banzett

Donovan Banzett

Inducted: 1995 DONOVAN BANZETT (1903-1983) was enthralled with newspapers from the time he learned to read. In 1925 he started the Edmond Booster, which he printed at first in his mother's kitchen. Keeping that paper for the next 25 years, he also published several...

James W. Bradshaw

James W. Bradshaw

Inducted: 1995 JAMES W. BRADSHAW (1923-2006) spent 43 years as an Oklahoma newspaper writer and editor, 39 of them on the Shawnee News-Star. He retired from the paper in 1991 after 14 years as managing editor. During his years in Shawnee, Bradshaw chronicled numerous...

Klina E. Casady

Klina E. Casady

Inducted: 1995 KLINA E. CASADY (1891-1981) and her husband, John Casady, published the Cheyenne Star in Roger Mills County for several decades. She wrote a column, "Thinkagraphs," for many years, always boosting Cheyenne and Western Oklahoma, and continued it after...

Paul English

Paul English

Inducted: 1995 PAUL ENGLISH (1937-2016) had a distinguished reporting career for more than 30 years. He spent two years on the Duncan Banner, 20 years with United Press International and many years on the Oklahoman. His reporting at the state capitol spanned the terms...

Marlan Dee Nelson

Marlan Dee Nelson

Inducted: 1995 MARLAN DEE NELSON (1934- ) became director of the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting in 1982 and earlier was an administrator and professor at Southern Illinois University and Utah State. His innovative leadership at OSU...

Max J. Nichols

Max J. Nichols

Inducted: 1995 MAX J. NICHOLS (1934- ) launched his colorful career as a sports writer for the Oklahoman and then spent many years as an award-winning writer, editor and columnist for the Minneapolis Star. He was national president of the Baseball Writers Association...

Omer F. Schnoebelen

Omer F. Schnoebelen

Inducted: 1995 OMER F. SCHNOEBELEN (1884-1972) began working at a print shop in Iowa at age 16 and was a printer and editor for 69 years. He established the Mooreland Leader at age 19 at the urging of the town's citizens, causing Oklahoma to gain a newspaper legend...

Milo W. Watson

Milo W. Watson

Inducted: 1995 MILO W. WATSON (1917-1998) became publisher of the Perry Daily Journal in 1949. He was a newspaperman in Oklahoma for more than half a century. In 1967 he was president of the Oklahoma Press Association. Watson's civic work and the influence of his...

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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