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 than working for the Oklahoma City Journal Record from 1979-81, Schaefer worked on all Retherford papers as the group grew—Skiatook Journal, Coweta American, Collinsville News, Broken Arrow Ledger, Wagoner Tribune, Bixby Bulletin, Jenks Journal, Sand Springs Leader, and Mannford Eagle. Running the Tulsa Daily Business Journal and the Tulsa Daily Commerce and Legal News, he was named senior editor when they combined in 2013. He has interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justices and did a series on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices. The Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association honored him with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest recognition for a non-lawyer.