Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman, is leaving Oklahoma City to become editor of The Washington Times in Washington D.C.
Edward L. Gaylord named Kelley editor in 2003. “There couldn’t have been a better choice,” said Christy Everest, chairman and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company. “Ed followed my father and grandfather and embodies the best of both men. For more than 35 years, he has served with integrity, professionalism and the highest journalistic principles.”
Kelley first came to OPUBCO in May 1974 as a summer intern. He started full time after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. He held a variety of positions in his early years: state roving reporter, city editor of both The Oklahoman and the afternoon paper, the Oklahoma City Times, and business editor.
In 1986, Kelley went to Washington as Al Cromley was nearing retirement, and worked there four years, the last three as bureau chief. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1990 to be managing editor, the top newsroom position at the time. In 1999 he went to the editorial page staff and was editorial page editor until he took over as editor in 2003.
Kelley was named editor of the year by the National Press Foundation in 1996 for his leadership of The Oklahoman's coverage of the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
“I have been fortunate to work with him over the last eight years. He has truly been the face of The Oklahoman. He and his wife, Carole, will be missed by the company and the Gaylord family,” said Everest.
Carole Kelley will remain in Oklahoma City for the time being.