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. She is head of Harding Charter Prep High School, an inner city charter school that she helped open in 2003. Ed and Carole have three children including two sons, John and Mike who now reside in Washington with their wives; and daughter Maureen LeBlanc who is recently married and works at the United Way of Central Oklahoma. David Thompson, publisher of The Oklahoman and president of OPUBCO Communications Group, said Kelley has been the consummate professional. “Ed’s work and influence runs deep within our company and this state. He is a man of character and integrity and will be greatly missed by our company and the state of Oklahoma. We wish nothing but the best for him and Carole.” The Washington Times publishes a newspaper five days a week and has an award-winning website, www.washingtontimes.com, that is updated 24/7 for national and international audiences. The Times also has partnerships with broadcast outlets across the country. Since its founding in 1982 it has specialized in coverage of politics, international affairs, national security, culture and sports. Its editorial/opinion sections, both print and online, are conservative in nature.
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