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Hall of Fame Member

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. Returning to OU, he earned his law degree. A lifelong advocate of education, he represented the Oklahoma City school board, three educational foundations, and was a co-founder of the MAPS for Kids project. He founded The Oklahoma Gazette in 1979 to promote neighborhood conservation, and the paper has grown into Oklahoma’s largest general-circulation weekly. He sold his law firm in 2003, acquired OKC Business and formed Tierra Media Group, which includes magazine, online and wireless publishing.

William P. Bleakley
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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