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

Hall of Fame Honorees

2017 Members

James Beaty

James Beaty

Inducted: 2017 JAMES BEATY (1952- ), managing editor at the McAlester News-Capital, began there after graduation from East Central University in 1985. His reporting and writing, especially investigative journalism, have won a multitude of awards. He helped report and...

Steve Booher

Steve Booher

Inducted: 2017 STEVE BOOHER (1947-2017) began his 45-year community newspaper career as sports editor at the Winfield Daily Courier in 1969. He retired in 2014 after 34 years as general manager and publisher of the Cherokee Messenger & Republican. Booher worked as...

John Durkee

John Durkee

Inducted: 2017 JOHN DURKEE (1955- ), with more than 40 years of radio news experience, has been the dean of Tulsa's radio news scene since 1989 when he joined KRMG, becoming news director in 1991. He was among the first to report on mine tailings pollution at Tar...

Lis Exon

Lis Exon

Inducted: 2017 LIS EXON (1956- ), has served as producer, reporter and anchor at OETA-TV in Tulsa since 2006. Beginning as reporter and anchor for KXXO and KELI radio in Tulsa, she has worked as a television reporter, producer and anchor, including KJRH in Tulsa, WESH...

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton

Inducted: 2017 CARLA HINTON (1966- ), religion editor at The Oklahoman since 2002, established a reputation for fair and balanced reporting, no matter the subject or religious group, especially stories about diverse communities. She joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as an...

Randy Krehbiel

Randy Krehbiel

Inducted: 2017 RANDY KREHBIEL (1956- ), a native of Hinton, began his journalism career interning at the Oklahoma City Times before earning a journalism degree at OSU in 1978. After a year at the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, he joined the Tulsa World's sports staff,...

Dr. Paul R. Lehman

Dr. Paul R. Lehman

Inducted: 2017 DR. PAUL R. LEHMAN (1941- ) was the first African-American newsperson on Oklahoma City television in 1968 at KWTV-9, where he was reporter, photographer, writer, producer and weekend anchor and news editor. In 1969 he was co-creator and host of "Soul...

Ralph Schaefer

Ralph Schaefer

Inducted: 2017 RALPH SCHAEFER (1939- ) began his community newspaper career at the El Reno Daily Tribune in 1969 after graduating from UCO. In 1973 he joined Retherford Publications as associate editor for Southeast News, Tulsa County News and Owasso Reporter. Other...

Gene Triplett

Gene Triplett

Inducted: 2017 GENE TRIPLETT (1949- ) began his career at The Oklahoma Journal in 1976 where he covered the Karen Silkwood lawsuit. He joined The Oklahoman in 1981, and from 1989 to 1999 was the paper’s longest serving city editor, helping direct coverage of the...

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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