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Jack D. Willis

Inducted: 2001

JACK D. WILLIS (1940- ) worked at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times Democrat for 19 years, and was in charge of the news department until 1993, serving as a mentor for many journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners. His staff won many state and national awards. In 1993 he became journalism lecturer and editorial advisor for the University of Oklahoma newspaper, the Oklahoma Daily, which consistently wins national honors. He is known for his dedicated efforts to teach young journalists. Born in Tahlequah, he graduated from Oklahoma State University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

Jack D. Willis
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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