DOUGLAS HOKE (1956- ) began his award-winning career at Northwest Classen High School when he won the 1975 Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association Photographer of the Year. He attended Central State University (University of Central Oklahoma) where he worked for the yearbook, The Vista and campus photographic services. In his third semester in 1976, he joined the photo department of The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. In March of 1977, he was promoted to a full-time staff position, where he set new standards for sports and fashion photography, winning many awards for both. He also freelanced for many magazines during the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Sports Illustrated, with 18 assignments in 1984 and at least one photograph there for 20 consecutive years. Other magazines included Sports Illustrated for Kids, Entrepreneur, Business Week, Progressive Grocer, Working Woman, Newsweek and Texaco. In 2007, he was named Director of Photography at The Oklahoman.