Robert H. "Bob" Peterson

Inducted: 2000

ROBERT H. “BOB” PETERSON (1927-2004) began his newspaper career as a paperboy for the Wewoka Times-Democrat. He entered the University of Oklahoma in 1944, then enlisted in the Air Force and became editor of the 5th Air Force Command Report in Japan. He returned to OU, was editor of the Oklahoma Daily, and received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree under a McMahon Fellowship. He reported for the Lawton Constitution-Press, and for United Press International in Oklahoma City before joining the Durant Daily Democrat as owner-publisher. He held that position until 1981 when Donrey bought the paper. Later, he wrote a column for the paper and was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association’s Half Century Club.