2023 induction ceremony to include 10 journalists and 2 Lifetime Achievement honorees

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Ten journalists, one longtime public official to highlight Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 52nd anniversary

Ten journalists and a former Oklahoma attorney general will be among those honored at the 52nd annual luncheon and induction ceremony of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in the grand ballroom of the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma.

“After last year’s successful celebration that, because of the pandemic, became the 50th and 51st anniversary celebrations at the Oklahoma History Center, we are moving the hall of fame ceremony back to its traditional home of UCO,” said Director Joe Hight, who is also UCO’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics. “That shouldn’t take away any from the fact we will be honoring among the best that journalism has to offer in this country, as well as a Lifetime Achievement honoree who had advocated for freedom of information and First Amendment causes.”

The 2022 induction class will be Barbara Byrne Allen, former Oklahoma journalist and educator who now is director of college programming for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; Susan Cadot, vice president of production at the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority; J. Scott Cherry, retired restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Tulsa World; Richard Dowdell, longtime radio icon, educator and radio reporter in Tulsa; Sam Jones, award-winning broadcast reporter and anchor from Tulsa; Ellen Knickmeyer, longtime Washington and foreign correspondent; Steve Lackmeyer, author and reporter/columnist for The Oklahoman; Bryan Painter, longtime journalist and writer in Enid and Oklahoma City; Pat Riley Reeder, longtime editor in Claremore and now the public relations representative for the Will Rogers Memorial; and Ted Streuli, longtime journalist who is executive director of Oklahoma Watch.

“These individuals are longtime journalists who have distinguished themselves in many ways both in their communities and outside of them,” Hight said. “First and foremost, the Selection Committee asks whether any honoree is a journalist. That and their accomplishments in journalism distinguish them from the other nominees.”

The 2022 Lifetime Achievement honoree will be Drew Edmondson, who served as Oklahoma’s attorney general from 1995-2011.

“Drew Edmondson became an adamant defender of freedom of information and First Amendment issues during his political career. This distinguishes him apart from other noteworthy public officials in this state and is the reasoning for his unanimous selection,” Hight said.

All 11 honorees will become members of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, which now has 478 journalists and seven Lifetime Achievement honorees. Hight said the hall of fame’s Executive Committee of John Durkee, Jennifer Gilliland, Lindel Hutson, Billie Rodely and Ralph Schaefer decided to expand the number of inductees from nine to 10, if the individual met certain criteria.

An 11-member selection committee, mostly hall of fame members, chose this year’s honorees.

Invitations to the induction luncheon will be sent by the first of March, and reservations at $25 each must be made by April 10. Because of the larger than usual crowd expected, late reservations may not be able to be honored, Hight said.

The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 by former UCO Journalism Chairman Dr. Ray Tassin and Dennie Hall, with both serving as directors. Hight is the fourth director and succeeded Dr. Terry Clark. All members are featured on the hall of fame website (okjournalismhalloffame.com). Past honoree plaques are on display at the hall of fame on the third floor of UCO’s Nigh University Center.

The biographies of the 2022 honorees are:


Barbara Byrne Allen

Barbara Allen (1975- ) is an educator, editor and writer whose proudest achievements are the students she mentored. She began her career at the O’Colly at Oklahoma State before founding the Tulsa World’s teen section, Satellite, in 1999. After getting her master’s at the University of Missouri, Allen returned to OSU in 2009, where she spent nine years as an adviser, adjunct professor, and eventually director of student media. In 2018, she assumed the editorship of poynter.org, before becoming director of college programming for Poynter.

Susan Cadot

Susan Cadot (1966- ) spent much of her career in Oklahoma City as a documentary producer, news anchor, reporter, news producer, and as Vice President of Production at the state’s PBS member station, OETA. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988 and got her first job at KOCO TV 5 after graduation. Two years later, she was hired in northeast Tennessee as an evening anchor and general assignment reporter. In 2000, Susan came home to her beloved Oklahoma as a documentary segment producer at OETA. Since joining OETA she has won five Emmy Awards, 16 nominations, Best of Show from NETA, a Clarion award from Women in Communication, and several OAB, SPJ, and AP awards. She has been inducted into the Heartland Emmy Chapter Silver Circle and been awarded the Governor’s Arts Award.

J. Scott Cherry

J. Scott Cherry (1946- ) spent 50 years in the newspaper business following a stint with the Army in South Korea. The first 20 years were in sports at the Tulsa World (college sports) and Tulsa Tribune (assistant sports editor, columnist). He started the Tribune food section before it closed in 1992. After rejoining the World, he was food editor, copy editor and page designer in the Living section, then spent 20 years as restaurant critic and wine columnist. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Tulsa and in the 1980s taught journalism at Tulsa Junior College. He won numerous AP, SPJ and Great Plains awards.

Richard Dowdell

Richard Dowdell (1950- ) spent most of his career at KRMG Tulsa. Besides reporting for 37 years starting in 1975, Richard reported from Guatemala, Israel, Normandy, and National political conventions. Graduating from TU in 1972 he held jobs at KMOD, KRAV Tulsa, KWON Bartlesville, and KAFG Oklahoma City. His news career began in 1974 at KAKC Tulsa which led to KRMG news. During this time Richard also served a year reporting for OETA and taught news writing at RSU. He earned honors from the AP, NCCJ, OAB, UPI, and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

Sam Jones

Sam Jones (1943- ) is a broadcast product of Arkansas where he served as anchor for KATV-TV in Little Rock and later as prime anchor/reporter Monday-Friday at KTHV-TV. As a reporter in a capitol city, he honed his skills and learned to shine a light in dark corners. Later, he became prime co-anchor/reporter at Tulsa’s KJRH-TV. His work was quickly recognized with many local, state and national awards including medals from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. His travels took him across the country and to Europe. Two of his documentaries were requested by and are now housed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. He retired from commercial television and took an anchor/reporting post in public broadcasting at RSU TV where he received two Emmy awards.

Ellen Knickmeyer

Ellen Knickmeyer (1963- ), a Washington correspondent and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades, sought to show the human lives impacted by American foreign policy, from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. The daughter of outstanding Oklahoma newspaper people W.L. and Naomi Knickmeyer, she started working in journalism as a Tulsa World copygirl at 19. Her career included bureau chief for The Washington Post in Baghdad and Cairo, and The Associated Press in West Africa and Saudi Arabia reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her wide range of coverage included almost every U.S. military engagement from the late 1990s, and Arab Spring uprisings.

Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer (1966- ) started at The Oklahoman in 1990. A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, he won numerous awards for his coverage, including the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city’s Metropolitan Area Projects, rebirth of the city’s urban core, and the city’s courting of the NBA. He wrote seven books about Oklahoma City’s history and is a frequent speaker on downtown development and history. His work has appeared in newspapers nationwide. Steve volunteers with a task force creating a monument to Oklahoma City’s original civil rights sit-in movement and as board president at Retro Metro OKC.

Bryan Painter

Bryan Painter (1964-) had a newspaper career that spanned 32 years with the Enid News & Eagle (1982-87), Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News (1987-91), and The Oklahoman (1991-2015). The Oklahoma State University alum covered the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, multiple tornadoes, 13 years of the National Finals Rodeo, the Country Music Hall of Fame induction of Reba McEntire, agriculture, and rural Oklahoma. He earned 17 national/regional awards, several state awards, the SPJ Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award, was a Distinguished Service inductee of the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and serves on the Rodeo Historical Society Board of Directors.

Pat Riley Reeder

Pat Riley Reeder (1936- ) is the former executive editor at the Claremore Daily Progress, where she started as a reporter in 1968. For the past 17 years, she has served as Public Relations Director at Will Rogers Memorial museums. Reeder earned an Associate Degree from Coffeyville Junior College, but she was turned down for a position on a Kansas newspaper because a woman was already on staff. In 1968, Donn Dodd, publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress, hired Reeder. Dodd and later Publisher Dave Story gave her the chance to pursue her journalism dream and a 36-year career. Reeder said highlights of her newspaper career included the success of reporters who started with her and then moved on to greater things in the print world.

Ted Streuli

Ted Streuli (1961- ) is the executive director at Oklahoma Watch. He was the editor of The Journal Record (2004-2017) and worked previously for Southern Newspapers and Westward Communications in Texas, and Lesher Communications in California. He has appeared regularly on OETA, KOSU and KGOU and served as president of OPA and FOI Oklahoma. His awards include the Will Rogers Award for Humanitarianism from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Voice Award from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the Pilot Award from the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium and numerous writing and editing awards.


Drew Edmondson

Drew Edmondson (1946- ) was Oklahoma Attorney General from 1995-2011. His 58 opinions defending the Open Meeting and Open Records Acts strengthened citizen access to government. He sued the tobacco industry, winning a national settlement resulting in more than $1 billion dollars invested in Oklahoma’s health care. His prior public service included the U.S. Navy, State Representative, and District Attorney. He graduated from Northeastern State University and The University of Tulsa College of Law. His honors include Outstanding Oklahoma District Attorney and Attorney General of the Year (Kelly-Wyman Award) from the National Association of Attorneys General, which he served as President.

For release Sunday, Feb. 6
For more information, contact: Joe Hight, jhight@uco.edu or (405) 974-5924.

Ten journalists, one longtime public official to highlight Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 52nd anniversary
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