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 for WBBZ in 1958-60. He joined The Associated Press in 1960 in Oklahoma City, working in Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and Kansas City before becoming correspondent in charge of AP’s Topeka Statehouse bureau in 1970. Over 29 years, he covered six Kansas governors, 29 legislative sessions and nine national political conventions. He received the OU Journalism Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. In retirement, he served four years on the Kansas Board of Regents before moving back to Ponca City in 2005.