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 degree. He joined The Daily Oklahoman as reporter in 1972 and started covering education in 1976. He was a Ford Foundation fellow in education reporting in 1976. He was president of the National Education Writers Association in 1987-1988. He was also health and medical writer. He was a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and president of the OU Journalism Alumni board. Killackey won more than 60 local, state and national writing awards.