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Osa Lee Banzett

Inducted: 2001

OSA LEE BANZETT (1906-1977) was born in Indian Territory; graduated from Maysville High School and graduated from what is now the University of Central Oklahoma in 1927. She married Don Banzett, who founded the Edmond Booster. She worked side by side with her husband on the paper and they eventually bought another paper, The Edmond Enterprise. After the birth of their daughters, she worked at home writing a column. They sold the papers in the late 1940s and began buying other weekly papers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, which they built up and sold for profit. In 1991 she was inducted into the Edmond Historical Society’s Roll of Honor.

Osa Lee Banzett
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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