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Hall of Fame Honorees

2008 Members

William P. Bleakley

William P. Bleakley

Inducted: 2008 WILLIAM P. BLEAKLEY (1943- ) grew up in Bethany and graduated from OU in political science on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He began his journalism career in the Navy during Vietnam, moonlighting for The Guam Daily News as night editor and a columnist....

Gerry Bonds

Gerry Bonds

Inducted: 2008 GERRY BONDS (1944- ) earned a bachelor's degree from City University of New York and a master's from Western Connecticut University, teaching high school in New York and Connecticut. She began her journalism career at WTNH-TV in Connecticut as news...

Ann DeFrange

Ann DeFrange

Inducted: 2008 ANN DEFRANGE (1943-2012) spent her career writing about Oklahoma people and places. Born in Okarche, she graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she first studied journalism. She graduated from Central State University with a minor in...

Donna Barron Evers

Donna Barron Evers

Inducted: 2008 DONNA BARRON EVERS (1946- ), a Union City native, earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She began her journalism career in 1968 at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat in between degrees....

Bill Harper

Bill Harper

Inducted: 2008 BILL HARPER (1943- ) walked into a newspaper office in 1956. He's been hanging around ever since, filling roles from paperboy to pressman to writer and everything in between. After attending Tulsa University, he joined the Tulsa Tribune in 1964 as...

Lindel G. Hutson

Lindel G. Hutson

Inducted: 2008 LINDEL G. HUTSON (1946- ) joined The Associated Press in Little Rock in 1972 as reporter and editor. He began his journalism career at the Jonesboro Sun in Arkansas while earning a journalism degree at Arkansas State University. He worked as a U.S. Army...

Paul B. Southerland

Paul B. Southerland

Inducted: 2008 PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND (1956- ) has been a staff photographer for The Oklahoman since 1975. A native of Lawton, he attended the University of Oklahoma as a McMahon Scholar in journalism. While at OU he owned and operated a photo agency supplying news...

Barbara A. Walter

Barbara A. Walter

Inducted: 2008 BARBARA A. WALTER (1944- ) began her journalism career as teen correspondent for The Oklahoma City Times at Classen High School. Barb went to work for the Oklahoma Press Association and became editor of OPA's Publisher. She became managing editor of The...

Bill Walter

Bill Walter

Inducted: 2008 BILL WALTER (1935-2017) was a third-generation owner of The Hennessey Clipper, which has been in his family since 1904. At age five, he delivered papers, worked as a printer's devil and by age 15 was printing the paper. He attended Okmulgee A&M Tech...

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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