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 University. He started his journalism career at age 18 as editor of the Tulsa County News. At The World he covered high school sports and wrestling. He received an award from the Oklahoma Coaches Association and was named national wrestling sports writer of the year. He became The World’s Executive Sports Editor in 1967 and became only the third World sports editor in 67 years in 1993. He retired in 2002, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2006.