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 for Linotype, and OU as journalism major, working at the Oklahoma Daily, Alva Review-Courier, and OBU Press before graduating in 1962. He worked in public relations before returning to The Clipper in 1977 as editor and publisher. He and The Clipper won numerous state and national awards for photography, editorials, news writing, and community service. He served on Oklahoma Press Association committees and was active in numerous civic activities. He collected old cameras and his office wall was heavy with pistol shooting awards.