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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 Oklahoma Journal, his “Top O’ the Mornin” column showed his gentle humor, sense of nostalgia and keen insight into human nature. He wrote a weekly column for the Midwest City Sun until 1995, when ill health intervened.

William Stanley “Bill” Tharp, Sr.
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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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