Pam Olson

Inducted: 2002

PAM OLSON (1949- ) was the first woman to anchor a prime-time television newscast in Oklahoma City. Born in Midwest City, she began her journalism career in high school for a church youth paper. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and interned at the Oklahoma Journal, the Midwest City Monitor and KWTV, becoming anchor of the evening newscast in 1976. As a TV reporter, she wrote and produced “Gift of Life,” a documentary leading to the Oklahoma organ donor law. In 1980 she joined CBS in the Atlanta bureau and CNN as White House correspondent in 1985, traveling with Presidents Reagan and Bush. She lives in Tulsa with her family and freelances for the Tulsa World.