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Hall of Fame Member

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 Chief and the Daily Law Journal Record in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman in 1974-1979 as a reporter. She worked as a writer for World Neighbors, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the State Fair of Oklahoma before rejoining The Oklahoman. She was promoted to food editor in 1982. She created two state culinary contests and judged national culinary competitions. She is a long-time member of the National Association of Food Editors. She is remembered as “a household name—she knew how to connect with readers.”

Sharon K. Dowell
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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