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Hall of Fame Honorees

2006 Members

Jerry Bohnen

Jerry Bohnen

Inducted: 2006 JERRY BOHNEN (1948- ), news director of KTOK radio, Oklahoma News Network and Clear Channel Operations in Oklahoma City, began in 1979 as reporter and investigative reporter and went on to become one of the most influential news broadcasters in...

Jennifer Duffy Gilliland

Jennifer Duffy Gilliland

Inducted: 2006 JENNIFER DUFFY GILLILAND (1952- ) began work at the Oklahoma Press Association in 1984, and began serving as editor of The Oklahoma Publisher in 1990. A native of Mangum, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University before working in composing...

Vicki Clark Gourley

Vicki Clark Gourley

Inducted: 2006 VICKI CLARK GOURLEY (1946- ) is chairman of Nichols Hills Publishing Co. and Executive Editor of FRIDAY newspaper. She joined FRIDAY in 1974, and served as news editor and managing editor before becoming executive editor in 1980. She has received...

Jenk Jones, Jr.

Jenk Jones, Jr.

Inducted: 2006 JENK JONES, JR. (1936- ) spent 32 years at The Tulsa Tribune in jobs ranging from reporter to editor and publisher. He held various positions on the Colorado Daily while earning a degree from Colorado University. He worked as sports reporter at The...

Jim Langdon

Jim Langdon

Inducted: 2006 JIM LANGDON (1950- ) comes from an Oklahoma newspaper family. His parents Francis and Gloria Langdon published The Tonkawa News. After graduating from OU in 1974, he began selling advertising for the Norman Transcript in 1973. He was associate publisher...

Danna Sue Walker

Danna Sue Walker

Inducted: 2006 DANNA SUE WALKER (1941- ) has written the "People and Places" column six days a week in The Tulsa World for at least 24 years. Her column keeps readers informed about the fundraisers and events for many of the city's nonprofit organizations, and the...

George R. Wilson

George R. Wilson

Inducted: 2006 GEORGE R. WILSON (1941- ) grew up in a U.S. Air Force family that traveled widely and loved photography. He became photo editor of his high school yearbook and newspaper. After serving in the Air Force himself, he worked as a photographer for Pipkin...

Fritz W. Wirt

Fritz W. Wirt

Inducted: 2006 FRITZ W. WIRT (1935- ) worked for five years at The Clinton Daily News and a year at The Daily Oklahoman. He worked at the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News and 19 years in Texas where he developed a reputation as troubleshooter at the Temple Daily Telegram,...

John V. Young

John V. Young

Inducted: 2006 JOHN V. YOUNG (1934- ) has worn many hats, from sports editor of his hometown Cushing Daily Citizen to United Press International in Dallas where he helped cover the Kennedy assassination, UPI bureau manager in Kansas City, editor of the Sapulpa Daily...

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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