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.