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Hall of Fame Member

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 to work for The Edmond Sun before joining OPA as assistant manager of the Oklahoma Newspaper Advertising Bureau. He was Executive Director of the Colorado Press Association from 1989-1995, returning to OPA in 1995 to succeed Ben Blackstock. He’s a board member and past president of FOI, OK, and past president of the Newspaper Association Managers and represents that board on the National Newspaper Association board. He is passionate about his family, faith and safeguarding and advancing the newspaper industry to the benefit of the press and the public.

Mark Thomas
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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