Jim Standard

Inducted: 2011

JIM STANDARD (1940-2010) rose from a junior reporter and obit writer for the Oklahoma City Times in 1960 to The Oklahoman’s executive editor during his 35-year career with the newspaper. Covering the assassination of President Kennedy, he witnessed the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald and was named Oklahoma “Newsman of the Year” for his coverage. He was senior reporter, state capitol bureau chief and columnist before becoming a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and returning to be city editor and assistant managing editor of The Times and The Oklahoman. In 1984 when the papers merged, he became executive editor, and then editorial page editor, and ended his career by writing a column, “Jim Standard’s Oklahoma.” A native of Little Rock, he attended the University of Arkansas and worked as reporter with the Arkansas Gazette in college and reporter at the Borger, Texas, News-Herald. After retirement, he founded churches in Italy and was pastor of the Atwood Baptist Church.