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Hall of Fame Member

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, the EI Paso Times, San Angelo Standard Times, Del Rio News-Herald, the Huntsville Item and for Harte-Hanks in Dallas. He returned to his native Stillwater as general manager of the Oklahoma State University student newspaper, The O’Collegian, in 1988. He inherited a financially weak paper, but built it into a money-maker, increased newsroom salaries and developed a self supporting website, The paper has won 15 straight All American Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.

Fritz W. Wirt
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 2023 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.

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