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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 the Oklahoma City University Journalism Department in 1934. Often called the founder of Midwest City, he was president of the National Association of Home Builders in 1951. He has been active in civic affairs and ran for governor of Oklahoma in 1962.

W.P. “Bill” Atkinson
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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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