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Hall of Fame Member

Dr. Bob Blackburn

2020-2021 Lifetime Achievement Award  

DR. BOB BLACKBURN (1951- ) has a passion for history and government that comes alive through his own life’s work. As executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999, he helped to plan and build the Oklahoma History Center museum, now home to more than 50 educational topics and 2,000 artifacts. His involvement with the OHS began in 1980, serving as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma. He has co-written nearly 20 books as well as numerous articles, journal entries, and screenplays. He is known for his historical knowledge of Oklahoma journalism and his many friendships with journalists. Journalism also is part of his heritage. His mother, Ida B. Blackburn, known as “Ida B,” was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001.

Dr. Bob Blackburn
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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Amber Loomis was recently named as assistant hall of fame director. She will help Director Joe Hight in planning for the hall of fame induction and other activities on a contractual basis. Loomis, in her role as UCentral administrative specialist, has already worked...

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