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.