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 journalism in 1969, when she was hired at The Oklahoma City Times and Daily Oklahoman, writing about weddings and engagements. She worked on nearly every desk in The Oklahoman newsroom as reporter, copy editor, layout editor or manager. She headed the Women’s News department, created a Life and Leisure section, was layout editor for business and editorial pages, copy desk editor and feature writer for the city desk. Beginning in 2000, she was a reporter and community columnist for the Metro sections. Ann was a founder and a director of the award-winning Newsroom 101 program for high school students.