DAVID G. AVERILL (1945- ), associate editor of The Tulsa World, began working there as an obituary writer in 1969 before he graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In his career he’s covered education, politics, the state Capitol, entertainment and general assignment and special projects, winning numerous awards. His reporting on desegregation in the 1970s won state and national awards. As editorial writer and Sunday columnist since 1985, he has concentrated on poverty, housing, children’s issues, education and politics. An amateur musician, he’s active in many activities, including Tulsa Gridiron for more than 20 years. Hobbies include carpentry; he has served as a construction site manager and board chairman for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.