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Hall of Fame Honorees

2009 Members

Sharon K. Dowell

Sharon K. Dowell

Inducted: 2009 SHARON K. DOWELL (1947- ) retired in 2008 as the longest-serving food editor in The Oklahoman's history. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 where she was a campus reporter for the Ames Daily Tribune. She worked at the Perry (Iowa) Daily...

Lewis Ferguson

Lewis Ferguson

Inducted: 2009 LEWIS FERGUSON (1934-2017), a Ponca City native, graduated in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1956. A McMahon scholar, he earned a master's degree from OU in 1964. He was sports and wire editor of The Ponca City News and sports announcer...

Sue Brewster Hinton

Sue Brewster Hinton

Inducted: 2009 SUE BREWSTER HINTON (1949- ) has taught journalism at Oklahoma City Community College since 1977, and has been faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper The Pioneer since 1978. She was the first recipient of OCCC's President's Award for...

Debbie Jackson

Debbie Jackson

Inducted: 2009 DEBBIE JACKSON (1949- ) has been the Tulsa World's Sunday Editor since 1995. She graduated from Eufaula High School, attended Eastern Oklahoma Junior College and graduated in journalism from Oklahoma State University in 1971. She served as editor of the...

Russell M. Perry

Russell M. Perry

Inducted: 2009 RUSSELL M. PERRY (1939- ) founded the Black Chronicle in 1979, serving as co-publisher of the historic Black Dispatch. A graduate of Douglass High School, Perry attended Maryland State College. He is president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting,...

Dick Pryor

Dick Pryor

Inducted: 2009 DICK PRYOR (1955- ), Emmy award-winning journalist, is deputy director of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority where he has been anchor of the Oklahoma News Report for more than 17 years. A native of Norman, he earned his journalism degree in...

Ray Soldan

Ray Soldan

Inducted: 2009 RAY SOLDAN (1929- ) is considered the state's foremost historian of high school sports. At The Oklahoman, from 1952 to 1985 he covered more than 1,000 football games in 40 years and created the first rating system for basketball and track. He...

Gloria Trotter

Gloria Trotter

Inducted: 2009 GLORIA TROTTER (1944- ) has been co-publisher of the Tecumseh Countywide News since 1983, and The Shawnee Sun, founded in 1990, combined into The Countywide & Sun in 2008. A native of Bristol Tennessee-Virginia, she earned a journalism degree in...

Wayne Trotter

Wayne Trotter

Inducted: 2009 WAYNE TROTTER (1939- ) has been co-publisher of the Tecumseh Countywide News since 1983, and The Shawnee Sun, founded in 1990, combined into The Countywide & Sun in 2008. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in...

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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