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OKLAHOMA TODAY PUBLISHER JOAN HENDERSON NAMED TO OKLAHOMA JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (May 1, 2011) -- Joan Henderson, publisher of Oklahoma Today, will be among nine outstanding journalists inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame May 13 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Others to be inducted are Gloria G. Brown, editor of the Perry Daily Journal; Jeff Dixon, photographer for the Lawton Constitution; Arnold Hamilton, formerly of the Dallas Morning News, now of the Oklahoma Observer; Michael R. Jones of the Tulsa World; David Page, special projects editor for the Journal Record; the late Jim Standard, executive editor of The Oklahoman; Keith Swezey, broadcast professor at UCO; and the late Larry R. Wade, publisher of The Elk City Daily News.
The luncheon program will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the third floor of the Nigh University Center, adjacent to the Hall of Fame exhibition. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Dr. Terry M. Clark, director of the hall, announced two significant milestones, including the establishment of an endowed scholarship in journalism ethics, established by the family of the late Brian Jay Walke, who died this past year. Family members will be introduced at the luncheon. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding journalism student beginning at next year’s ceremony, selected by members of the Hall of Fame selection committee.
“We deeply appreciate this investment in the Hall of Fame and our students in Brian’s honor,” Clark said.
In addition, four members of the Hall of Fame have agreed to serve as an advisory committee: Sue Hale, Lindel Hutson, Ken Neal, and Gloria Trotter.
More than two hundred journalists, friends, and families are expected for the Hall of Fame. UCO President W. Roger Webb, who provided resources and funding for the relocation of the hall, will welcome the crowd.
“The annual ceremony has become an informal homecoming for honorees and families. The hall is a virtual Who’s Who of Oklahoma Journalism, and the crowd will be filled with the giants of the profession,” Clark said.
Invitations have been mailed, and luncheon tickets are available for $15 a person by calling Terry Clark at 974-5122 or emailing him at email@example.com. For those who register and pay in advance, there will be no standing in line this year. Nametags and pens will be on the tables.
Honorees are selected by a committee composed of members of the working press and the Hall of Fame. The committee sifts through all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years before selecting the nine honorees. Nomination forms are available at any time from the sponsoring UCO Department of Mass Communication.
Framed citations are on display in a new Hall of Fame in the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma. The UCO Department of Mass Communication is the host and administrator of the hall.
The Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 by former Journalism Chairman Dr. Ray Tassin. This year’s inductees make 370 total members. The hall is supported with funding from UCO, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.
This year’s inductees follow:
GLORIA G. BROWN (1942- ) joined the Perry Daily Journal in 1971 as a part-time proofreader for publisher Milo Watson. She became women’s editor, helped in the transition from hot-type to offset, handled circulation and page layout, before being named editor and managing editor. Active in the community, she’s been named Perry Citizen of the Year, Perry Business Woman of the Year, Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year, and parade marshal at the annual Cherokee Strip parade, among numerous other awards. She says she missed the story of the century in Perry in 1995, when Timothy McVeigh was arrested in Perry. She was in Edmond attending the Journalism Hall of Fame induction for Milo Watson. Born in Norman, she attended Perry High, Phillips University, and NOC. She is the face and voice of the Daily Journal to her readers. She’s been secretary treasurer for the Assembly of God church for thirty years.
JEFF DIXON (1945- ) started working for The Lawton Constitution/Morning Press in high school in 1965 at night doing everything the older photographers didn’t have time for, including mixing chemicals and engraving the photos. He is a lifelong resident of Lawton and attended Cameron University. He won numerous wards from the Oklahoma Press Association and Associated Press. In 2006, the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council named him Artist of the Year. In addition to photography, his interests include woodworking and guitar. He’s a member of the World War II Aerial Demonstration Team of Frederick, which preserves the heritage of World War II paratroopers; he doesn’t jump but is a member of the aircrew in the C-47. He has taught darkroom at the Great Plains Tech Center, and photography and photojournalism for the Lawton Public Schools and Cameron University in the mentorship programs.
ARNOLD HAMILTON (1958- ) became editor of The Oklahoma Observer in 2006, after a thirty-two-year career in daily newspapers. He was Oklahoma bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News for eighteen years, covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, interviewing Timothy McVeigh twice, and riding out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Much of his work has focused on politics and government, covering state capitols in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. He twice won the Dallas Press Club Katie Award for reporting excellence. In 1997 he received the Fran Morris Civil Liberties in Media Award from the ACLU Oklahoma Foundation. He also worked for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal. Born in St. Louis, he was reared in Midwest City. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a master’s in political science from OSU.
JOAN HENDERSON (1956- ) joined Oklahoma Today magazine in 1994 as general manager and was named publisher in 1997, leading the magazine in winning hundreds of regional and national awards, including best magazine in 2010 by the International Regional Magazine Association, the Great Plains Journalism Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists. A recognized industry leader, she serves on several national and international magazine association boards and is a frequent conference and webinar speaker. An avid photographer, her hand-tinted black and white photography has been featured in magazines, exhibits, and a permanent museum collection in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Oklahoma Today, she worked in the advertising and videodisc production fields in Austin, in multi-image slide production in Boston, and as a media specialist at Vo-Tech in Stillwater. She earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities at OSU in 1979. She was born in Yonkers, N.Y.
MICHAEL R. JONES (1949- ) joined the Tulsa World in 1971 as oil writer for the legendary Riley Wilson. He became reporter and copy editor before moving to the city desk. He was named assistant city editor and in 1979 became city editor, replacing longtime city editor John Gold. In 1985, he joined the World editorial department as layout editor and editorial writer. He was named an associate editor in 1997, writing a Sunday column and daily editorials and adding an opinion blog in 2008. He has championed the rights of immigrants, despite criticism from readers and politicians. A native of Seminole, he attended East Central State University, OSU, and the University of Tulsa. He’s been a grocery clerk, oil-field worker, cow-milker, road-crew worker, pants-maker, postman, janitor, and played in a rock-n-roll band, and he is honorary chief executive officer of his son’s reggae-funk-rock band Sam and the Stylees.
DAVID PAGE (1949- ) joined The Journal Record in Oklahoma City in 1979 as News Editor, becoming Managing Editor in 1988 and Special Projects Editor in 2004. On April 19, 1995, David's desk was by a window facing the Murrah Federal Building. Before 9 a.m., he had gone to get a cup of coffee when the bomb exploded. His injuries, from the window's shattered glass, required about 30 stitches from head to foot. One day later, he helped The Journal Record publish a two-page edition, a first-person account of the bombing. A former AP/ONE president and board member for more than 10 years, he received the AP/ONE Carl Rogan Sweepstakes Award in 2008. A Tennessean, he was editor of Middle Tennessee University's student newspaper Sidelines while earning his degree. He was reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier and Bristol Virginia Tennessean from 1971-1973, and the West Side Story in Knoxville from 1973-1979.
JIM STANDARD (1940-2010) rose from a junior reporter and obit writer for the Oklahoma City Times in 1960 to The Oklahoman’s executive editor during his thirty-five-year career with the newspaper. Covering the assassination of President Kennedy, he witnessed the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald and was named Oklahoma “Newsman of the Year” for his coverage. He was senior reporter, state capitol bureau chief, and columnist before becoming a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and returning to be city editor and assistant managing editor of The Times and The Oklahoman. In 1984 when the papers merged, he became executive editor, and then editorial page editor, and ended his career by writing a column, “Jim Standard’s Oklahoma.” A native of Little Rock, he attended the University of Arkansas and worked as reporter with the Arkansas Gazette in college and reporter at the Borger, Texas, News-Herald. After retirement, he founded churches in Italy and was pastor of the Atwood Baptist Church.
KEITH SWEZEY (1952- ) Born in Enid. Oklahoma, he built the award-winning student broadcast program at the University of Central Oklahoma, which he joined after fifteen years of award-winning radio news experience. He began as state capitol correspondent for KOMA radio in 1975, moving to WKY radio in 1976 as public affairs editor. He was WKY news director from 1983 to 1988. At UCO, he directed Academic Broadcasting Services, served as chairman of the Communication Department, and manages daily student broadcasts on KCSU-TV. A former state president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, he advises the UCO chapter of OBEA. An associate member of The Emmys, he has won numerous state and national awards for teaching and radio news, including RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary. He earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting at UCO and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in mass communication at Oklahoma State University.
LARRY R. WADE (1939-2011) joined the staff of the Elk City Daily News as a cub reporter at age 13. He became co-publisher with his father in 1966 and publisher when his father died in 1972. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism in 1961, where he served as editor of the Oklahoma Daily. He received the school’s Benefactor Award, served on the executive board of the OU Alumni Association, and is a longtime member and current chairman of the OU Board of Regents. He served on many Oklahoma Press Association committees and was OPA President in 1983. He received the OPA’s highest honor, the Milt Phillips Award, in 1995. Active in the community, he’s been city commissioner and mayor, president of the chamber of commerce, United Fund, and Kiwanis Club. He’s the founder of the Elk City Foundation and is a member of the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame.