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Hall of Fame Honorees

2019 Members

Dr. Don Betz

Dr. Don Betz

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award DR. DON BETZ (1945- ) Betz began his distinguished career in higher education as a member of the Faculty/Administration at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1971. Betz would remain in this position until 1994 when he...

Dr. W. Roger Webb

Dr. W. Roger Webb

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award DR. W. ROGER WEBB (1941- ) Webb's professional career began in law enforcement, where he served 12 years with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and as Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Oklahoma from 1974-78. During...

Griff Palmer

Griff Palmer

Inducted: 2019 GRIFF PALMER (1956- ) began his newspaper career in high school, as a student reporter for the Muskogee Daily Phoenix. After graduating in 1978 from Park College in Parkville, Mo., he worked for the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, the Stillwater...

M.J. Alexander

M.J. Alexander

Inducted: 2019 M.J. ALEXANDER (1961-) brought two decades of work as a photographer, reporter and editor with newspapers, magazines and The Associated Press when she moved to Oklahoma in 1998. In the years since, she has documented the people and places of her adopted...

Mary Bishop-Baldwin

Mary Bishop-Baldwin

Inducted: 2019 MARY BISHOP-BALDWIN (1961- ) is an assistant editor and copy editor at the Tulsa World, having worked as a copy editor and assistant city editor since 1995. From 1986-95, she was a journalism professor at East Central University in Ada. She received her...

Brian Blansett

Brian Blansett

Inducted: 2019 BRIAN BLANSETT (1952- ), a native of Fitzhugh, knew as a third-grader that he wanted to be a newspaperman and he considered himself among the highly fortunate for getting to live his boyhood dream. He won a variety of writing, reporting and photography...

Ziva Branstetter

Ziva Branstetter

Inducted: 2019 ZIVA BRANSTETTER (1964- ) began her career at the Guthrie Daily Leader. In 1989, she was hired by The Tulsa Tribune, where she was a reporter and assistant city editor until the newspaper closed in 1992. Branstetter then worked for the Philadelphia...

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel

Inducted: 2019 CHRIS CASTEEL (1959- ) began working for The Daily Oklahoman and The Oklahoma City Times in August 1982, while in school at the University of Oklahoma. He has guided Oklahomans through the corridors of power for decades. Chris began covering the state...

Bob Dotson

Bob Dotson

Inducted: 2019 BOB DOTSON (1946- ) began his career in 1969 at WKY-TV in Oklahoma City as a photojournalist/ reporter/anchor/documentary producer. In 1974 he won Oklahoma’s first national Emmy for a 90-minute documentary on African American history called “Through the...

Wayne Greene

Wayne Greene

Inducted: 2019 WAYNE GREENE (1963- ) has been the Tulsa World editorial pages editor since 2013, the capstone assignment in a 30-year career with the newspaper. He was the World’s city editor for 13 years, starting in 1995 and, before that, spent four years in the...

Timothy E. Talley

Timothy E. Talley

Inducted: 2019 TIMOTHY E. TALLEY (1952- ) has covered Oklahoma state government, politics and the courts for The Associated Press since 1995. He began his journalism career at radio stations WLCS-WQXY in Baton Rouge, La., in 1976 before moving to print journalism at...

Hall of Fame Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Dr. Don Betz

Dr. Don Betz

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award DR. DON BETZ (1945- ) Betz began his distinguished career in higher education as a member of the Faculty/Administration at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1971. Betz would remain in this position until 1994 when he...

Dr. W. Roger Webb

Dr. W. Roger Webb

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award DR. W. ROGER WEBB (1941- ) Webb's professional career began in law enforcement, where he served 12 years with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and as Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Oklahoma from 1974-78. During...

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 2022 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Sunday, Ocober 31, 2021.

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