Watch the 2021 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Induction Ceremony

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Albert Riesen, Jr.

Albert Riesen, Jr.

Inducted: 1996 ALBERT RIESEN, JR. (1932-2012) became publisher of the Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore at age 27 after graduation from the OU School of Journalism, duty in the Air Force and three years as co-publisher. He also was involved with management of KVSO radio and...
Charles Robert Bellatti

Charles Robert Bellatti

Inducted: 1996 CHARLES ROBERT BELLATTI (1886-1953) made his mark as a publisher in Blackwell and then consolidated two Stillwater papers in 1941 to form the Stillwater NewsPress. He was positive, forthright and unafraid to make enemies if some readers disagreed with...
John Clabes

John Clabes

Inducted: 1996 JOHN CLABES (1929- ) worked for papers in Hobart and Lawton before becoming managing editor and editor of The Oklahoma Journal. Employing a breezy, fairly sensational and investigative style, that paper brought a new sense of journalism to the Oklahoma...
Gene Curtis

Gene Curtis

Inducted: 1996 GENE CURTIS (1929- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1948 while a student at the University of Tulsa and was associated with the paper for the next 46 years except for two years out during the Korean War. He was managing editor for many years before...
Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

Inducted: 1996 ROBERT E. LEE (1931-2014) wrote a highly acclaimed column three days a week for the Daily Oklahoman, serving as senior editor of Community. Born into a newspaper family, he worked for the Harper County Journal and held managerial positions in Woodward...
Robert E. Lorton

Robert E. Lorton

Inducted: 1996 ROBERT E. LORTON (1937- ) gives meaning to the concept that freedom of the press and responsibility of the press go hand in hand. As publisher of the Tulsa World, one of the leading newspapers in this section of the country, Lorton is dedicated to...