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Hall of Fame Member

Jerry Laizure

Inducted: 2013

JERRY LAIZURE (1953-2012), senior photographer at the Norman Transcript, worked for Oklahoma newspapers since age 14 when he fibbed about his age at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise to start as a paperboy. He worked at Pawhuska before studying journalism at OU, where he worked in the production shop at the Oklahoma Daily. He worked briefly for the Oil and Gas Journal before co-founding the Cleveland County Record in Noble in 1984, before it was bought by The Norman Transcript in 1989. His photos won multiple awards from the AP, SPJ and OPA. He helped usher in the digital age of news and photography coverage for The Transcript and other papers. He was often first on the scene of breaking news events, easily recognizable for his Hawaiian shirts and Santa Claus hats. 

Jerry Laizure
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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