John Klein

Inducted: 2013

JOHN KLEIN (1953- ), senior sports columnist since 2005 for The Tulsa World, began his career in high school as a sports writer for the Perry Daily Journal, crediting Milo Watson with encouraging his career. After graduation from OSU, he was sports editor for the Daily Ardmoreite from 1976-78 before joining the Tulsa World as sports writer. He worked for the Houston Post from 1985-1900 covering the Southwest Conference, before returning to the World in 1990, leading the coverage of the Murrah building bombing. He became sports editor and columnist in 1995. Known for his enthusiastic storytelling, he has covered NASCAR, boxing and golfing. Winning numerous awards, he was Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year in 2000, the top national wrestling writer for seven straight years and the top college baseball writer in the country in the 1980s.