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.