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, ocolly.com. The paper has won 15 straight All American Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.