EDMOND — Ten Oklahoma journalists will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The 2012 inductees are Jim Ellis, sports editor of the Miami News-Record; Christy Everest, former chief executive officer of OPUBCO; Gerald C. Green, editor of the Clinton Daily News; Neal Kennedy, Tulsa radio newsman; William “Bill” Morgan, publisher of The Weleetkan and the Hughes County Times, who died this year; Stan Stamper, publisher of the Hugo Daily News; Oklahoma City native Anthony Shadid, Middle East correspondent for The New York Times who died this year; James Watts, Jr., of the Tulsa World; and Faith L Wylie and John M. Wylie II, publishers of the Oologah Lake Leader.
The ceremony will include the award of the first Brian J. Walke scholarship in journalism ethics to a student at UCO.
The scholarship was established last year by Walke's family.
Ellis (1953- ), sports editor of the Miami News-Record since 1977, also covered sports for the Sequoyah County Times in 1975-77. Ellis covers more than six high schools plus Northeastern A&M and also assists with page design, photography and feature stories, as well as news coverage, including the Joplin tornado.
Everest (1951- ) became chairman and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company in 2003, the third generation of the Gaylord family to lead The Oklahoman, until its sale in 2012. A director of OPUBCO since 1975, she was named president in 2002, having served as corporate secretary and vice president. She is a past chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and past trustee and chairman of Casady School. Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2004, she is a past recipient of the Governor's Arts Award, and the Casady School Distinguished Graduate Award.
Gerald C. Green
Green (1939- ), has been the news editor and employee of the Clinton Daily News since 1982. His career began at the Austin American-Statesman as a sports deskman while attending the University of Texas, where he graduated in 1961. In 1968 he became editor of The Ord Quiz in Nebraska, and in 1977 became a copy editor for the Dallas Morning News. He started The Leader at Clinton in 1978.
William “Bill” C. Morgan
Morgan (1930-2012) began his 62-year career in journalism at Oklahoma A&M University at the Daily O'Collegian. In the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army Press Corps as regional editor for the Stars and Stripes in Tokyo. In 1954, Morgan joined the Henryetta Daily Freelance. In 1957, he bought the Wetumka Gazette, renaming it The Hughes County Times. Morgan published The Calvin Chronicle and Oklahoma Peanut and eventually acquired The Weleetkan. Morgan also wrote a column, “In Our Times.”
Kennedy (1949-) began his radio news reporting as a student at KCSC-FM in 1969 at then Central State University, graduating in 1971. He also worked at The Oklahoma Journal, at night in 1969-70, and at WKY radio until 1974. Kennedy worked for KRMC News in Oklahoma City in 1974-75 and at KVOO News in Tulsa in 1975-1999. He reported for KRMG News in Tulsa from 1999-2008. He taught broadcasting at Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University.
Shadid (1968-2012) was foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Beirut. Shadid won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2004 and 2010 for coverage of the Iraq War. From 2003 to 2009, Shadid was Islamic affairs correspondent for The Washington Post. Shadid was Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press in Cairo, news editor of the AP Los Angeles bureau, and worked for The Boston Globe. His 2005 book, “Night Draws Near,” told of war's effects on Iraqi people. Shadid received an honorary Doctorate from the American University of Beirut. Born in Oklahoma City and graduate of Heritage Hall High School, Shadid was a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-
Stamper (1953-) began his journalism career at age 11 as sports photographer for the family-owned Hugo Daily News, becoming printer's devil the next year. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Stamper returned to Hugo as advertising manager in 1975. In 1980, Stamper and his wife Judy bought the paper, becoming the youngest daily newspaper publisher in America. Stamper also publishes the Choctaw County Times, and he has written two aviation
James D. Watts Jr.
Watts (1961- ) has covered the arts for the Tulsa World since 1992, winning awards in arts criticism from the AP and the Society of Professional Journalists, the Governor's Arts Award for media in 2001, and a 2008 Pulitzer nomination in criticism. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he was valedictorian of the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism in 1983. He began his career at the Broken Arrow Ledger in 1983 as reporter and wire editor. From 1984-1986 he was editor of Lost Treasure Magazine and joined the Continental Heritage Press in 1986 as editor of three magazines. From 1987 to 1992 he was fine arts report and critic for the Tulsa Tribune. He won the Harwelden Award in 2006 for contributions to the arts in 2006, and was a participant in a national institute in classical music and opera in 2004 in New York City.
Faith L. Wylie
Wylie (1953- ) and husband John Wylie II purchased the Oologah Lake Leader in 1984. OPA presented her and John the Beachy Musselman Award in 1993. She earned a BFA in graphic design from the University of Kansas; was production artist at Sun Publications in Johnson County; Kansas; graphic designer for BR Johnson Studio in 1976-1978; and was art director at Old American Insurance Company in 1979-1984.
John M. Wylie II
Wylie (1953- ) has been co-publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader since 1984. His career began in 1972 as correspondent for the Des Moines Register and UPI and news director of KDIC-FM while a student at Grinnell College. He joined the Kansas City Star in 1974, becoming its first full-time energy and environment writer. He was part of the Star team that won a Pulitzer for coverage of the Hyatt disaster in 1982. At Oologah, his investigations for the Leader and national and international publications of McGraw-Hill have concentrated on energy regulation. OPA presented both him and his wife, Faith, with the Beachy Musselman Award in 1993.
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