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Hall of Fame Member

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.

D. Jo Ferguson
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 2023 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.

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