It was a proud day for America and a proud day for publisher E.K. Gaylord. He continued to bring Oklahomans their news. Every day.
Oklahoma stood still at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. It seemed as if the world did, too. As the office windows of The Oklahoman at Britton and Broadway rattled, we could see the cloud of smoke rising from the downtown skyline. Our skyline. Our city. The headline on April 20, 1995, said starkly, “Morning of Terror: City Struggles With Shock of Deadly Bombing.” We cried with you. Publisher Edward L. Gaylord added pages to the paper to document the unimaginable pain of our city. But the presses kept rolling. Every day.
As Americans watched in horror as New York City's twin towers came crashing down, a new way of delivering news was in full swing at The Oklahoman. The newly launched website NewsOK.com served up continuous headlines and streaming video. The digital era ushered a new way to reach our readers. The Oklahoman headline on Sept. 12, 2001, read “Our Nation Saw Evil.” Edward L. Gaylord was publisher and terrorism cannot stop a free press in our nation. We delivered. Every day.
As the ownership of The Oklahoman changes, Publisher Chris Reen and I want to tell you we will still bring you the news. As a third-generation Oklahoma journalist, this is my home. My colleagues at 9000 N Broadway number more than 650. We are Oklahomans and we are dedicated to continuing the Gaylord legacy. We have true appreciation in our hearts for Christy Everest and her family. But, we embrace change and will continue the conversation with our readers of The Oklahoman, NewsOK.com and on Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to evolve with technology. But we will be with you. Every day.