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 1953 they bought the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat and he and Burchfiel soon bought the Wewoka Daily Times and Frederick Daily Leader. In 1962, the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat became Oklahoma’s first offset daily paper. In 1972 he bought the Weatherford Daily News, converting it to offset. He eventually bought the Vinita Daily Journal, the Nowata Star, the Perry Daily Journal, the Kingfisher Times and Free-Press and the Sand Springs Leader and Times. Reared in the first aboveground house in old Greer County, he attended Altus schools and served in the infantry in WWII. He served as district Rotary governor and president of the Oklahoma Press Association.