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 for himself as a trailblazer in the field, and quickly rose at the Tulsa World to editor in 1950, business-oil editor in 1976, and general editor in 1984. For many years he served as general editor and worked on special projects such as writing the daily “History in Headlines” feature which ran during Tulsa’s centennial year.