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 Oklahoma City bombing. He served as president of the AP News Executives board from 1995-96, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America. He served as entertainment writer/editor and columnist from 1999 to 2013, earning numerous awards. In 2011, Triplett was only the second journalist inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He’s one of the founders of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. He’s interviewed dozens of celebrities, including Robert Redford about Cox dropping the Sundance Channel. His first novel, “Wheel Man,” was published in 2016. He earned a journalism degree at UCO in 1975 after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.