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 part of investigative teams to expose corruption in higher education, gubernatorial campaign financing, county government, school bond financing, the Oklahoma Legislature and other state and local government offices. He also helped cover some of the most tragic events in Oklahoma history, including the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and several deadly tornadoes. His efforts earned him more than 110 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Ellis worked as a state desk reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock from 1979-82 and as a reporter for the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., from 1977-1979. A native of Kansas, he earned a journalism degree from Kansas State in 1977.