Dr. Paul R. Lehman

Dr. Paul 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 Talk,” an African-American community affairs show. His broadcast career began with radio news commentary at KCSC in Edmond in 1967. His website, www.paulrlehman.com and blog, America’s Race Problem, continue his journalism and scholarship as author, consultant and lecturer. Earning a Ph.D. at Lehigh, he became UCO’s first African-American professor in 1976, serving as English professor and dean of the graduate college. He’s written numerous books and journalistic and scholarly articles. He’s listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and in American Education. Dr. Lehman has served on many state boards and councils and lectured throughout Oklahoma and other states. He earned B.A. and M.E. degrees from UCO.