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 became synonymous with the words “Tulsa City Hall.” She joined the Editorial Board in 1994 and was named Associate Editor in 2007. She championed health and social issues, and was an expert on economic development issues. She played a major role leading the World’s fight against cockfighting, earning the Genesis Award from the national Humane Society. She won numerous other state and national honors including from AP/One for coverage of the Tar Creek disaster. She retired in 2013. Since retiring from the Tulsa World, Pearson has been writing and recording occasional commentaries for KWGS, the NPR affiliate in Tulsa.