Explore our gallery of Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame members. Learn about how to make a nomination.

Hall of Fame Honorees

2016 Members

Bill Perry

Bill Perry

Inducted: 2016 BILL PERRY (1950- ), Vice President of Content Production at OETA, had been a director, photographer, reporter and anchor at KTEN-TV in Ada by the time he graduated from East Central University in 1972. At KOCO-TV in the early 1970s, he anchored...

Louise Abercrombie

Louise Abercrombie

Inducted: 2016 LOUISE ABERCROMBIE (1935- ), business editor of the Ponca City News, working there since 1968. She’s known for her research and accuracy as lead reporter covering all facets of community news. She’s interviewed one-on-one six Oklahoma governors and...

Bob Barry, Jr.

Inducted: 2016 BOB BARRY, JR. (1956-2015) was Oklahoma’s KFOR-TV’s Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor at the time of his death. He joined the station as a weekend sports anchor in 1982 after working at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls. He began his career in Oklahoma...

Virginia Bradshaw

Virginia Bradshaw

Inducted: 2016 VIRGINIA BRADSHAW (1929- ), award-winning reporter for the Countywide & Sun since 2012, was a Chandler High School senior when a feature she wrote won her a Chandler News-Publicist job. Between freshman and sophomore years at OU, she worked brief...

Nolan Clay

Nolan Clay

Inducted: 2016 NOLAN CLAY (1959- ) joined The Oklahoman in 1985, distinguishing himself as an investigative reporter with more than 100 state, regional and national awards for excellence. His work on the Oklahoma City bombing involved covering both trials in Denver in...

Randy Ellis

Randy Ellis

Inducted: 2016 RANDY ELLIS (1955- ), a tenacious investigative reporter, joined The Oklahoman in 1982 and spent more than three decades exposing public corruption and government waste throughout Oklahoma. Known for his analytical mind, Ellis worked individually and as...

Janet Pearson

Janet Pearson

Inducted: 2016 JANET PEARSON (1954- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1974, a year before graduating from The University of Tulsa. In a 20-year reporting career she covered a multitude of beats including energy, poverty, transportation, medicine and social services. She...

Kenneth O. Reid

Kenneth O. Reid

Inducted: 2016 KENNETH O. REID (1926- ) was active in the ownership of ten Oklahoma newspapers before retiring in 1991. After graduating from OU in journalism in 1950, he was ad manager at the Claremore Progress for Ed Livermore Sr., Wheeler Mayo and Ed Burchfiel. In...

Rita L. Sherrow

Rita L. Sherrow

Inducted: 2016 RITA L. SHERROW (1950- ) has served as the Tulsa World's TV World Editor and Television Editor for 37 years, covering local and national TV news and programming.  She writes a TV column for Weekend magazine and her "TVtype" blog is one of the paper's...

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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