Charles Ward

Inducted: 2000

CHARLES WARD (1918-1999) became editor of the Cleburne County Times at Heber Spring, Ark. at 17, the youngest editor in the state. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and earned a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was editor of the Oklahoma Daily and was named outstanding senior by Sigma Delta Chi. He edited the Sooner State Press and headed the Norman bureau for the Oklahoman-Times. He worked two years for the Oklahoma Press Association, five years as news editor of the Poteau News, and two years as general manager of the Durant Daily Democrat. In 1957, he began a career of public service as administrative assistant of House Speaker Carl Albert and Sen. David Boren.