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

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William Russell Moore

William Russell Moore

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 WILLIAM RUSSELL MOORE (1910-1950) probably never heard of Korea as a boy in Nowata, Oklahoma. But, after starting at The Oklahoman, he would join The Associated Press and distinguish himself as a war correspondent who gave his life...
A.J. Smitherman

A.J. Smitherman

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 A.J. SMITHERMAN (1883-1961) was an African-American press pioneer and political activist. In 1913, he founded the Tulsa Star, America’s first black Democratic nationally distributed newspaper. Smitherman highlighted the achievements...
Marjorie Paxson

Marjorie Paxson

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 MARJORIE PAXSON (1923-2017) was one of the first woman publishers in the country. She spent 42 years in the newspaper industry, serving as a writer and holding various editorial positions for United Press, Associated Press, Houston...
William E. Lehmann

William E. Lehmann

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 WILLIAM E. LEHMANN (1928-2016) As publisher of the Guthrie Daily Leader, he galvanized support to save the state’s first capital building and other historic sites in that city. His column “By the Way” was named the National Newspaper...
Helen Holmes

Helen Holmes

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 HELEN HOLMES (1915-1997) wrote for newspapers, taught journalism, and was honored for her historical writing about Guthrie’s early days, work that was recognized by state leaders after her death. The former Guthrie mayor is a member of...
Don Gammill

Don Gammill

Posthumously Inducted: 2020-2021 DON GAMMILL (1952-2017) had a varied career that extended beyond the four walls of a newspaper office. He held the traditional roles as a sportswriter and other various editorial positions, including editor and columnist, during his...