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Hall of Fame Member

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 Oklahoma. A Kansas native, he stumbled into broadcasting at Kansas State University with a degree in journalism, doing news at the student radio station. At KMAN in the 1970s, he founded the Association of News Broadcasters of Kansas, later serving as president. At KWBW in Hutchinson, he was stringer for the Wichita Eagle. He’s won dozens of awards, including the Investigative Reporter and Editors Award and The Edward R. Murrow Award for reports freeing an innocent man from prison.

Jerry Bohnen
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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