Nine will be inducted into Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Nine journalists will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame on April 18 at the University of Central Oklahoma.
From Staff Reports Published: March 27, 2013

— 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.

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If you go

Induction ceremony

What: Nine journalists will be recognized during the annual Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

When: 11:45 a.m. April 18.

Where: Nigh University Center, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Tickets: $15.

For information and reservations: Call Sherry Sump at 974-5122 or email ssump@uco.edu. Deadline for reservations is April 12.

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