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

Hall of Fame Honorees

1996 Members

Albert Riesen, Jr.

Albert Riesen, Jr.

Inducted: 1996 ALBERT RIESEN, JR. (1932-2012) became publisher of the Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore at age 27 after graduation from the OU School of Journalism, duty in the Air Force and three years as co-publisher. He also was involved with management of KVSO radio and...

Charles Robert Bellatti

Charles Robert Bellatti

Inducted: 1996 CHARLES ROBERT BELLATTI (1886-1953) made his mark as a publisher in Blackwell and then consolidated two Stillwater papers in 1941 to form the Stillwater NewsPress. He was positive, forthright and unafraid to make enemies if some readers disagreed with...

John Clabes

John Clabes

Inducted: 1996 JOHN CLABES (1929- ) worked for papers in Hobart and Lawton before becoming managing editor and editor of The Oklahoma Journal. Employing a breezy, fairly sensational and investigative style, that paper brought a new sense of journalism to the Oklahoma...

Gene Curtis

Gene Curtis

Inducted: 1996 GENE CURTIS (1929- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1948 while a student at the University of Tulsa and was associated with the paper for the next 46 years except for two years out during the Korean War. He was managing editor for many years before...

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Inducted: 1996 ROBERT E. LEE (1931-2014) wrote a highly acclaimed column three days a week for the Daily Oklahoman, serving as senior editor of Community. Born into a newspaper family, he worked for the Harper County Journal and held managerial positions in Woodward...

Robert E. Lorton

Robert E. Lorton

Inducted: 1996 ROBERT E. LORTON (1937- ) gives meaning to the concept that freedom of the press and responsibility of the press go hand in hand. As publisher of the Tulsa World, one of the leading newspapers in this section of the country, Lorton is dedicated to...

Paul S. McClung

Paul S. McClung

Inducted: 1996 PAUL S. McCLUNG (1924-2007) rose to executive editor of the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press and then spent six years as Cameron University's director of information. He sold approximately 650 articles and stories to national magazines and was...

Jim Monroe

Jim Monroe

Inducted: 1996 JIM MONROE (1925-2015) blended politics, community service and journalism into a fruitful life. After work on several Oklahoma dailies, he joined the New York City AP Bureau. Then he was executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party before joining...

Ted M. Phillips

Ted M. Phillips

Inducted: 1996 TED M. PHILLIPS (1932-2004) was the second-generation editor of the Seminole Producer and spoke out boldly on a number of controversial and difficult problems. He was a strong supporter both of Seminole and the state as well as his profession. Phillips,...

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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