Christy Everest, Chairman and CEO of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. announced Monday that Kelly Dyer Fry will assume duties as Editor of The Oklahoman in addition to serving as Vice President of News for OPUBCO Communications Group. Fry has been with the company for 17 years. She started as Features Editor before moving to the digital side of the operation in 1997. In 2001 she led the team that launched NewsOK.com, serving as general manager of NewsOK. The site has grown to become Oklahoma's most trafficked local news site. Fry and her team introduced video to NewsOK in 2007 after constructing a state-of-the-art studio on the OPUBCO campus. Later that same year, she led the reorganization of OPUBCO’s news operation by merging the digital side with The Oklahoman’s News and Information Center. “Kelly has worn many hats and has led many of our digital initiatives including NewsOK,” said Everest. “Her strong journalistic background in print and digital is a good combination for the editor’s role. I look forward to her continued efforts in making all our products the best they can be." Chris Reen, who will assume duties Sept. 1 as Publisher of The Oklahoman and President of OPUBCO Communications Group, said he believes Fry is uniquely qualified for this role. "Kelly has served on our executive team since 2000. She has a keen business sense combined with strong journalistic principles and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our industry is undergoing great changes, I am confident Kelly's adaptability and gentle strength will serve us well." Fry is a third-generation Oklahoma journalist. Her family owns the El Reno Tribune. Her grandfather, Ray Dyer, and aunt, Kay Dyer, also worked for OPUBCO earlier in their careers. “This is a thrilling and humbling opportunity for me,” said Fry. “I have deep respect for this institution and Oklahoma is my home. I am dedicated to connecting with our readers and fulfilling our First Amendment obligation. We play a vital role in the community and I look forward to many years of great journalism. I hope to beef up our watchdog efforts and enhance our local coverage.” David Thompson, current publisher of The Oklahoman and president of OPUBCO Communications Group said Fry is a seasoned veteran in the news business and a solid journalist. “She will uphold our journalistic standards,” Thompson said. “Kelly is just the fourth person in our company’s history to hold this title, and I’m 100-percent confident she will build upon the great journalistic legacy of this company.” Fry, 52, graduated in 1981 from Oklahoma State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism education. She lives in Edmond with her husband, Chris Fry. They have four children.
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