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Hall of Fame Honorees

2007 Members

Helen Ford Wallace

Helen Ford Wallace

Inducted: 2007 HELEN FORD WALLACE (1940- ) has been a columnist for The Oklahoman for more than 50 years, working for 12 different editors. She began at U.S. Grant High School as a correspondent in 1957. She earned a journalism degree at OU, where she wrote for the...

Joe Worley

Joe Worley

Inducted: 2007 JOE WORLEY (1947- ), executive editor of The Tulsa World from 1995-2014, has been a champion of the newsroom and thinks a newspaper should aggressively cover its community and state. He joined The World in 1987 as Sunday editor. A Tennessean, he earned...

David Dary

David Dary

Inducted: 2007 DAVID DARY (1934-2018), a native of Manhattan, Kansas, received degrees from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. He worked as a journalist in Kansas, Texas and Washington, D.C, with CBS News and NBC News. He taught journalism at KU for...

Gracie Montgomery

Gracie Montgomery

Inducted: 2007 GRACIE MONTGOMERY (1956- ) is co-publisher of The Purcell Register. She has served on nearly every Oklahoma Press Association committee, and in 2005-2006 became the third woman OPA president. She and her husband John D. are the first husband-wife team...

Patrick O’Dell

Patrick O’Dell

Inducted: 2007 PATRICK O’DELL (1938- ) was staff cameraman at the CBS Southwest Bureau in Dallas and covered national stories about Oklahoma for more than 30 years. Born in Lawton, he was chosen "Outstanding Graduate" by Sigma Delta Chi at the University of Tulsa in...

Phillip Parrish

Phillip Parrish

Inducted: 2007 PHILLIP PARRISH (1937- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1959 after having served as sports editor of The Norman Transcript from 1957-59 and The Lawton Morning Press. Born in Chicago, he attended Indiana University and earned a BA in journalism from Tulsa...

Bob Sands

Bob Sands

Inducted: 2007 BOB SANDS (1950- ) is Manager of Network News at OETA. He began his career in 1972 at KAFGFM in Oklahoma City. He's worked in Tulsa at KAKC AM-FM, in Michigan and Montana, and in Oklahoma City radio and T.V: WKY, KEBC-FM, KOMA AM ~ FM, KKNG-FM and KTOK....

Mike Shannon

Mike Shannon

Inducted: 2007 MIKE SHANNON (1948- ), managing editor of The Oklahoman beginning in 1999, started his journalism career at The Oklahoma City Times in 1970 as reporter, working up through assistant editor jobs to become City Editor in 1977 to Executive News Editor in...

Mike Sowell

Mike Sowell

Inducted: 2007 MIKE SOWELL (1948- ), associate professor of journalism at the Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting since 1998, earned his BA in journalism from OU and his MS from OSU. He started his journalism career in 1971 as reporter and...

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Inducted: 2007 MARK THOMAS (1959- ) is the Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Oklahoma Press Association, representing Oklahoma's 213 weekly and daily newspapers. A native of Stillwater, he earned a BA degree at Oklahoma Christian College in 1981. He went...

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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