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Hall of Fame Member

Melba Lovelace

Inducted: 2010

MELBA LOVELACE (1930- ) was born in Red Oak and graduated from Panola High School. She came to OPUBCO as a secretary and headed the typing pool before becoming a journalistic star in 1977 when she started writing “Melba’s Swap Shop” in The Daily Oklahoman. After writing the column seven days a week for 17 years—about 4,000 of them—she retired in 1992. She did television shows, a regular radio show and taught cooking classes at UCO, and wrote 16 books of recipes, crafts, quilting, and household hints. She continues to write the column on a weekly basis, which is a favorite in the Life section and featured on She also writes book reviews. Her mailbox is consistently filled with letters from readers. She says, “My readers are my friends.”

Melba Lovelace
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 2023 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.

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