Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 helping wounded American soldiers. He was one of 90 correspondents killed during the Korean War. […]
Posthumous Class of 2020
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 Association’s Best Humorous Column of the Year in 1973.
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 TIM CHAVEZ (1958-2009) worked for The Oklahoman as a business writer and TV columnist before becoming an opinion page editor for the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York. He then became a reporter and political columnist for The Tennessean, syndicated by Gannett. He won three national awards from the Education Writers Association and […]
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 Post, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, and St. Petersburg Times. She continued to write columns for the Muskogee […]
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 JOHN A. FERGUSON, JR. (1925-2000) had a passion for writing about sports stars for nearly 50 years. Young athletes and internationally known athletes were part of his beat. “Fergy” wrote “The Bullpen” column for the Tulsa World. He was a leader, bringing young World staff writers along as they started their careers.
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation and the Oklahoma Historians and Oklahoma Women’s halls of fame.
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 career at the Enid News & Eagle and The Oklahoman. He taught young journalists and reached out […]
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 CHARLES CAGLE (1937-2015) began his career throwing newspapers, then worked in several departments at the Harrison Daily Times (Arkansas) and was managing editor at the Clinton Daily News. In 1975, he joined Neighbor Newspapers (later CNHI) in suburban Tulsa as general manager for 19 newspapers. His 61 years in the news business included […]
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 B.A. BRIDGEWATER (1894-1964) may be the only person in the newspaper industry who, as a managing editor, hired himself to be a sports editor. “Bridge” held the Tulsa World position for 37 years and wrote a “Telling the World” column. In 1959, Oklahoma State University bestowed its only “Oklahoma Sports Writer” award […]
Posthumously Inducted: 2020 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 and challenges of blacks throughout the country and encouraged them to use their constitutional rights to vote, and to defend themselves against mob rule […]