Oklahoma City woman wins lifetime achievement award from Rehabilitation Services Department

Disability advocate, broadcaster Pam Henry earns Lifetime Achievement Award at state Capitol.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 12, 2014

Longtime disability advocate and broadcast journalist Pam Henry recently accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the state Rehabilitation Services Department.

The award was presented April 2 during People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the state Capitol.

A native of Oklahoma City, Henry was a national March of Dimes poster child.

She chaired the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns for nine years, and is the chair emeritus and an active member.

Henry advocates for Oklahomans with disabilities on the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Regional Transit Dialogue Steering Committee.

As a broadcast journalist, she worked for nearly 31 years at KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KSWO and OETA, where she was manager of news and public affairs.

Henry was the first woman to work in two TV newsrooms and was elected to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004.

More than 577,000 Oklahomans — almost 1 in 6 — have disabilities, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

For more information about the state Rehabilitation Services Department, go to www.okdrs.gov or call (800) 845-8476.