EDMOND — Nine journalists will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame on April 18 at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are:
Joe Hight, who became editor of The Colorado Springs Gazette in 2012 after a 27-year career with The Oklahoman. He worked at the Guthrie Daily Leader, The Lawton Constitution and Shawnee News-Star before joining The Oklahoman in 1985 as a reporter. He became a managing editor in 1999 and director of information and development in 2007.
James Coburn, who has served as reporter and photographer for The Edmond Sun since 1986. He has served as photographer and feature writer as well as a reporter on city and state politics beats. He was on the scene of the Edmond Post Office massacre and was one of the first at the Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing.
Joe Hancock, publisher of the Hobart Democrat-Chief, who began working in newspapers at age 9, five years before his father bought the Democrat-Chief. He became publisher in 1974 when his father died.
John Klein, senior sports columnist since 2005 for the Tulsa World, who began his career in high school as a sports writer for the Perry Daily Journal. He was Oklahoma sports writer of the year in 2000, the top national wrestling writer for seven straight years and the top college baseball writer in the country in the 1980s.
Jerry Laizure, photographer of The Norman Transcript who died last year. He co-founded the Cleveland County Record in Noble in 1984. His photos won many awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Oklahoma Press Association.
Mike McCarville, who has built a national following in political coverage with his online report. He worked at KTOK Radio as investigative reporter, talk show host and program director from 1991-2005.
Mary Melon, president and publisher of The Journal Record. She is a member of the senior management corporate team for The Journal Record's parent company, the Dolan Co., and serves as group publisher of daily group operations for five additional markets.
Tom Muchmore, the third-generation publisher of The Ponca City News and The Tonkawa News. He also is owner and manager of WBBZ Radio and president of poncacity.net, an Internet provider. He graduated from Ponca City Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree from OU.
Oliver Murray, who joined the newsroom at WKY-TV (now KFOR) in 1968 after serving in the Army, becoming the first black photojournalist in the city. He held many positions including chief news photographer and production/operations manager in a 38-year career.
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