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Hall of Fame Member

Chris Lee

Inducted: 2018

CHRIS LEE (1955- ) began his journalism career in high school in Buffalo, Missouri, at radio station KBFL from 1971-1973 while also writing articles for the local weekly newspaper. He worked at the University of Missouri NBC affiliate KOMU-TV from 1975-1977 and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1977. Lee joined KOCO-TV Oklahoma City as news photographer 1977 and was chief photographer from 1980 to 1984. In 1979, he covered tornado damage in Wichita Falls, Texas, and became interested in severe weather coverage. Learning all he could about storms and severe weather, he designed much of what became the First Alert Storm Team. In 40 years at KOCO, he has covered many life-changing news stories: the Star School explosion, the May third tornado outbreak, Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City bombing. He was born in Palo Alto, California, and raised on a 250-acre farm in southwest Missouri. 


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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 2023 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.

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