Jon Denton

Jon Denton

Inducted: 2018

JON DENTON (1940- ), a fourth-generation member of a printing, publishing and newspaper family, joined The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times in 1967. In his 40-year career, he covered a multitude of stories: the advent of the computer age, bass fishing in Mexico, interviewing actress Carol Channing in her limo, dodging angry union managers when the Lucent Plant closed. He was frequently a columnist, always an ardent travel writer and photographer. As arts and entertainment editor, he originated Sunday Showcase Magazine. He also covered urban affairs, education, medicine, science, religion, real estate and business. In 1994, he received a Kellogg Grant to preview NAFTA in Mexico. He was an assistant city editor of the Oklahoma City Times, managing editor of the metro EASTnews and SOUTHnews. Born in Kansas, raised in California and Oklahoma, he graduated in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and became managing editor of The Guthrie Daily Leader. He retired in 2005.