J.E. McReynolds, chief editorial writer for The Oklahoman, has been named Opinion Page Editor effective July 1.
“I'm excited to see J.E. bring his passion, experience and leadership to his new role as Opinion Page Editor,” said Christy Everest, Chairman and CEO of the Oklahoma Publishing Co.
“I am very proud of J.E.,” said David Thompson, current publisher and president of OPUBCO Communications Group. “As Opinion Page Editor, he will continue to be The Oklahoman’s conservative voice.”
Owen Canfield III will become chief editorial writer.
McReynolds, 57, is a 1975 graduate of Oklahoma State University and worked at the Daily Ardmoreite and the Journal Record, where he was managing editor. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and also worked as a general assignment reporter before joining the Opinion Page staff in 1995. He was named chief editorial writer in 1998. McReynolds lives with his wife Mary, a novelist, near Arcadia.
Canfield, 51, joined the Opinion Page as an editorial writer in 2003. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has worked at the Duncan Banner and for the Associated Press. Canfield and his wife Lori have four children and live in Oklahoma City.
McReynolds and Canfield have won numerous awards in state and regional journalism competitions. McReynolds was the 1977 recipient of the Otis K. Sullivant Award for Outstanding Political Writing by a young journalist. He was a member of Class III (1984-85) of Leadership Oklahoma City.