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Hall of Fame Honorees

1999 Members

Jack Brannan

Jack Brannan

Inducted: 1999 JACK BRANNAN (1936-2014) achieved excellence in nearly all facets of journalism, from foreign news to domestic public relations, during his 40-plus years in the field. After working nearly a decade collectively for the UPI, Joplin Globe and Tulsa World,...

Lucia Loomis Ferguson

Lucia Loomis Ferguson

Inducted: 1999 LUCIA LOOMIS FERGUSON (1887-1962) showed strong determination and a natural ability for news, when in 1908 and fresh from college, she was named assistant editor of the Cherokee Republican. She found her niche as a champion for women's rights when she...

Dennie Hall

Dennie Hall

Inducted: 1999 DENNIE HALL (1934-2020) blended outstanding teaching, reporting, editing and public relations into an impressive career. He also initiated the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and was its guiding light for many years. Hall began his career as a general...

Philip Morris

Philip Morris

Inducted: 1999 PHILIP MORRIS (1940-2017) Philip Morris carved out a career that melded journalism with urban design, planning and preservation disciplines. He was considered something of an institution at the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Living magazine group,...

Gaylord Shaw

Gaylord Shaw

Inducted: 1999 GAYLORD SHAW (1942-2015), senior correspondent in Newsday's Washington Bureau, had a distinguished journalism career stretching almost 50 years from the back shop of the EI Reno American to the front pages of America's biggest newspapers. He began his...

George F. Tapscott

George F. Tapscott

Inducted: 1999 GEORGE F. TAPSCOTT (1914-2002), assistant chief photographer for The Daily Oklahoman, devoted more than a half century as a highly respected photographer. However, his career as a news photographer took him from Oklahoma City to Germany where he served...

M.J. Van Deventer

M.J. Van Deventer

Inducted: 1999 M.J. VAN DEVENTER (1940- ) served almost 30 years as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines throughout Oklahoma, before earning the position of director of publications for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and editor of Persimmon Hill magazine....

Riley Ward Wilson

Riley Ward Wilson

Inducted: 1999 RILEY WARD WILSON (1929-2007) likely interviewed most top executives of every major oil company during his 50-plus year journalism career. Wilson started his journalistic journey during high school as a reporter for the Shawnee News-Star. He made a name...

Claude V. Barrow

Claude V. Barrow

Inducted: 1999 CLAUDE V. BARROW (1896-1978) achieved countless accolades for his grit and determination in covering the turbulent times of the oil industry. It was his no-nonsense approach to examining the business from 1926-61, which led him to achieve national fame...

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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