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

Hall of Fame Honorees

1997 Members

James C. Argo

James C. Argo

Inducted: 1997 JAMES C. ARGO (1938-2017) has made enduring pictures of Oklahoma life since beginning work at the Oklahoman. His many international, national, regional and state awards testify that he was an aggressive and talented photojournalist. Whether it was...

Frank Boggs

Frank Boggs

Inducted: 1997 FRANK BOGGS (1928- ) gained widespread recognition as a sports editor and columnist, being named six times between 1960 and 1971 as outstanding sports writer in Oklahoma. He worked for the Topeka Daily Capital and the San Diego Evening Tribune but spent...

Jack  Bowen

Jack Bowen

Inducted: 1997 JACK BOWEN (1947- ) consistently sought to impact Oklahoma in positive ways through his journalistic skills ever since he moved here. Coming from Texas, he has been a news anchor on KOCO-TV, KWTV and KOKH Channel 25. Bowen has been involved in countless...

William Bryan Connors, Jr.

William Bryan Connors, Jr.

Inducted: 1997 WILLIAM BRYAN CONNORS, JR. (1931-2000) was sports editor of the Tulsa World for nearly three decades and was honored many times as Oklahoma's outstanding sports writer. He joined the World sports staff in 1953 after graduation from Oklahoma State...

Ronald L. Jenkins

Ronald L. Jenkins

Inducted: 1997 RONALD L. JENKINS (1944- ) began his journalism career for his hometown daily in Fort Smith and was promoted to sports editor two years later. After working for the Oklahoma Journal, he joined the Associated Press in Oklahoma City, where he has...

Edith Cherry Johnson

Edith Cherry Johnson

Inducted: 1997 EDITH CHERRY JOHNSON (1879-1961) was a reporter and columnist for the Daily Oklahoman for more than a half century, winning considerable acclaim for a column that ran on the editorial page for 44 years. She interviewed many notable Americans of her day,...

James Stewart, Sr.

James Stewart, Sr.

Inducted: 1997 JAMES STEWART, SR. (1912-1997) became a columnist for the Black Dispatch in Oklahoma City in 1939 and continued for 33 years, later writing editorials for the paper. A pillar in the civil rights movement, Stewart did a great deal to promote greater...

William Stanley "Bill" Tharp, Sr.

William Stanley "Bill" Tharp, Sr.

Inducted: 1997 WILLIAM STANLEY “BILL” THARP, SR. (1914-1996) was a well-known and respected journalist in Oklahoma for more than 40 years. After working as a teacher and coach, he joined the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance in 1954. Later, as associate editor of The...

John R. Whitaker

John R. Whitaker

Inducted: 1997 JOHN R. WHITAKER (1906-1978) was a dedicated professor with 23 of his final teaching years devoted to the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism. He also taught at the University of Missouri, University of Houston and Syracuse and was a Fulbright...

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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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