D. Jo Ferguson

Inducted: 1998

D. JO FERGUSON (1922-2010), publisher of the Pawnee Chief, left OU and helped his father Jo O. establish the paper in 1941. He joined the Navy as correspondent in 1942 and sent about 1,000 stories back to hometown newspapers. He returned to Pawnee in 1949 to operate the paper when his father ran for governor. He was active in the Oklahoma Press Association, having served on the board for 10 years and as president in 1972. He was presented the Milt Phillips Award in 1993. Under his leadership, The Chief was loaded with local news, winning many awards for editorial and community leadership.