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Hall of Fame Honorees

2005 Members

Tom Steed

Tom Steed

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 TOM STEED (1904-1983) became a nationally recognized Congressman, building on skills perfected in a long and varied history in journalism. He started at The Ada Evening News and was a correspondent for The Daily Oklahoman, a reporter for...

Wayne Singleterry

Wayne Singleterry

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 WAYNE SINGLETERRY (1949-2001) loved covering city hall, and worked for 20 years for The Daily Oklahoman as reporter and assistant city editor. He started his career at OU on the Oklahoma Daily while earning a journalism degree, and also...

Alexander L. Posey

Alexander L. Posey

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 ALEXANDER L. POSEY (1873-1908) couldn’t speak English until he was 12, and became the proclaimed Creek Nation Bard and poet laureate. At Bacone College, he helped publish the school paper, The Instructor. He was superintendent of public...

Joseph W. Miller

Joseph W. Miller

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 JOSEPH W. MILLER (1921-1992) began his newspaper career with The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times in 1942. He covered the home front during World War II, and went on to photograph the rise of OU football, but he covered every news...

Eugene Lorton

Eugene Lorton

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 EUGENE LORTON (1869-1949) led a long and distinguished career in journalism. He worked for the Medicine Lodge Cresset and the Idaho papers, the Salubria Citizen and Boise City Sentinel. He established the Emmet Index and the Washtucna...

Ben Langdon

Ben Langdon

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 BEN LANGDON (1913-1999) published The Magnum Star for 33 years with his wife Betty. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was active in the Oklahoma Press Association and served as president from 1970-71. Langdon was director of...

Vera Holding

Vera Holding

Posthumously Inducted: 2020 VERA HOLDING (1894-1984) published four poetry books and was active in state women’s and writers’ organizations. She was editor of the Tipton Tribune, the Waurika-News Democrat and The Comanche Reflex. She also worked for The Duncan Banner...

Doris Hedges

Doris Hedges

Posthumously Inducted: 2005 DORIS HEDGES (1910-1999) and her husband Homer established and published the Lawton Morning Press until 1944. In 1945 they purchased the Eufaula Indian Journal. They also merged two Tahlequah papers to create the Tahlequah Star Citizen,...

Dave Sittler

Dave Sittler

Inducted: 2005 DAVE SITTLER (1945- ) sets the state standard for quality sports writing. His career began at the Lincoln Journal Star as reporter and then sports reporter for nine years during and after he earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. He...

James A. Killackey

James A. Killackey

Inducted: 2005 JAMES A. KILLACKEY (1948-2018) loved reporting on complex issues. A native of Chicago, his career started at The Tulsa Tribune in 1971 and he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was managing editor of the Oklahoma Daily while working on his OU master's...

Terri Watkins

Terri Watkins

Inducted: 2005 TERRI WATKINS (1954- ) doesn't giggle the news, nor read the news. She reports it. She's known for accuracy, integrity and dedication to her work; she has a love affair with facts. After graduation from the OU Journalism School, she worked for KAKS...

David G. Fitzgerald

David G. Fitzgerald

Inducted: 2005 DAVID G. FITZGERALD (1935- ) has a passion for chronicling Oklahoma and her people on film. A native of Oklahoma City, he attended Oklahoma City University and the Kansas City Arts Institute. He returned to Oklahoma and joined the 45th Division of the...

Mike McCormick

Mike McCormick

Inducted: 2005 MIKE McCORMICK (1948- ) began work in 1967 with the Shawnee News-Star, becoming city editor in 1977, managing editor in 1991 and executive editor In 1998. He is a news hound, dedicated to covering breaking news. His award-winning editorials often prod...

Dr. Haskell O. "Woody" Gaddis

Dr. Haskell O. "Woody" Gaddis

Inducted: 2005 DR. HASKELL O. "WOODY" GADDIS  (1935-2008) built the premier academic photography program in the state at the University of Central Oklahoma. The ultimate professional, he was always taking photos, always interested in keeping up-to-date in teaching and...

John D. Montgomery

John D. Montgomery

Inducted: 2005 JOHN D. MONTGOMERY (1954- ) has worked for a multitude of Oklahoma newspapers, beginning in his hometown at the Hobart Daily Democrat-Chief, as well as the Kiowa County Star Review, The Daily Oklahoman, The Oklahoma City Times, The Tulsa World and the...

Sue Lewis Hale

Sue Lewis Hale

Inducted: 2005 SUE LEWIS HALE (1944- ) is a pioneer and national leader in First Amendment issues. She began her career in radio and newspapers at Winfield and Topeka, Kansas. She joined the Oklahoma City Times as reporter in 1975, and became editor of the EI Reno...

James G. Palmer

James G. Palmer

Inducted: 2005 JAMES G. PALMER (1943- ) has served as anchor, reporter and news director at many Oklahoma City radio stations. After earning a BA degree from OU and serving in the Army, he began his career at WRIT in Milwaukee. He worked at KADS in Elk City and KWCO...

Bettye Jane Johnston

Bettye Jane Johnston

Inducted: 2005 BETTYE JANE JOHNSTON (1921-2014) is known as Mrs. Journalism among alumni at Bartlesville Sooner High School where she taught journalism and photography for 16 years, plus four more at a middle school. While in high school, she wrote a column for the...

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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