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Hall of Fame Member

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. Van Deventer began her career as lifestyle and entertainment editor for the Stillwater NewsPress before making her climb working at The Tulsa World, Fort Worth Star Telegram and The Daily Oklahoman. Later, she was appointed the editor of Oklahoma Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Tulsa Magazine, Tulsa Lifestyle, and all the while serving as director of publications for the Color Graphics Corporation in Tulsa.

M.J. Van Deventer
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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