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

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Celebrating 53 Years of Excellence in Journalism

The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame is made possible by the generous support of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of the President, the UCO Academic Affairs Office, the UCO Mass Communication Department, the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and hall of fame members. We thank you for your support.

Hall of Fame 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 Selection Committee also has the discretion every year to select a Lifetime Achievement Award winner to an outstanding supporter of or contribution to journalism excellence in this state and country. The winner may or may not have been nominated to the hall of fame.

2024 submission deadline is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

Hall of Fame Member

Awards & Recognition

Each member receives an etched award plaque suitable for wall display and a biographical certificate of each year’s induction class members with their accomplishments. The biographical certificate of the honorees is displayed at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame at UCO’s Nigh University Center. Duplicate copies of the biographical certificate are available for the honoree or his/her family. Names of honorees are announced early the year of the induction with an induction ceremony held each April or May. A news release announcing those honored each year is provided to state newspapers, broadcasting stations, magazines and college departments and schools of journalism. The UCO Department of Mass Communication is the host and administrator of the hall, with additional funding provided by UCO.

The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame also provides scholarships to deserving journalism students. Those scholarship winners as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner are recognized on plaques in the hall of fame office in UCO’s Nigh University Center.