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Hall of Fame Member

William A. Hamilton

Inducted: 2014

WILLIAM A. HAMILTON (1935- ), a Pauls Valley native, began his journalism career as a paperboy for the Anadarko Daily News. A Master Parachutist, he served 20 years as an infantry officer, including two tours in Vietnam, earning the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 20 Air Medals, four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He served as editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Capital Times. For 25 years, along with his syndicated newspaper column, he was a featured commentator for USA Today. He has also been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour and CNN. The author of award-winning articles on military and aviation subjects, he and his wife Penny are the authors of four spy novels. He is a member of the Oklahoma Army ROTC Wall of Fame, Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. 

William A. Hamilton
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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