Presented annually by the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, the Beachy Musselman Award recognizes a journalist for his or her contribution to the field of printed journalism or its related field.
The recipient of the award, who is selected by the ONF Board of Trustees, receives a plaque and recognition at the annual OPA Convention.
The award, established in 1969 to recognize and encourage quality journalism in practice, education and research, is named after the late Norman Beachy Musselman, former editor and general manager of the Shawnee News-Star. Musselman also served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1961.
Any professional journalist is eligible for nomination. Extra consideration is given on the basis of service to the community, initiative in reporting, photographing or interpreting the news. Nominations for reporters and editors are encouraged.
Norman Beachy Musselman was born July 17, 1897, in Falls City, Neb., graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1918 and did graduate work at the University of Kansas in 1920 and 1921. From 1922-23, he was city editor of the Arkansas City Daily News in Kansas and, from 1924 to 1942, served as advertising manager of the Arkansas City Traveler.
He was editor and general manager of the Shawnee News-Star from 1945 until his death on Aug. 6, 1963. A few months after his death, his widow, the late Ruth Musselman, asked OPA to administer a Norman Beachy Musselman Memorial Fund. The memorial contribution proved to be the catalyst needed to establish the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation (ONF). The first contribution to the foundation was the Norman Beachy Musselman Memorial Fund. ONF was established to serve as a trust for donations of money, securities or other property.
Musselman was a consistent winner of editorial writing awards and his columns, "Beachnuts and Newsbeams," also won many awards. He was a founding member of the American Legion, joining other veterans to form the new organization after serving as a signal corps aviator in World War I.
Musselman served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 1961, which coincided with building and moving into the OPA office building at 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION
Nominations, which may be made by anyone, must include biographical information showing work in the newspaper industry or related field and reasons you believe the person is deserving of the award. Additional information may be requested by the ONF Board of Trustees.
Send nominations and accompanying information to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the information to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, c/o Oklahoma Press Association, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5499 or fax to (405) 499-0048.
Nominations for 2016 are due by February 13, 2017.
The award will be presented at the Annual Convention, June 9-10, 2017.
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2016 Andy Rieger, The Norman Transcript
2015 Julie DelCour, Tulsa World
2014 Gloria Trotter, The Countywide & Sun
2013 Ed Darling, Publisher, The Duncan Banner
2012 Joan Gilmore, Columnist, The Journal Record
2010 Nolan Clay, Reporter, The Oklahoman
2009 Joe Worley, Executive Editor, Tulsa World
2008 Steve Booher, Publisher, Cherokee Messenger & Republican
2007 Ray Lokey, Publisher, Johnston County Capital-Democrat
2006 Louise Abercrombie, Business Editor, Ponca City News
2005 Barbara A. Walter, Publisher, Hennessey Clipper
2004 Dr. Terry M. Clark, Director, Department of Mass Communications,
University of Central Oklahoma
2003 J.B. Blosser Bittner, Managing Editor, Woodward News
2002 Gary Reid, Publisher, Kingfisher Times & Free Press
2001 Jim & Becky Mayo, Publishers, Sequoyah County Times
2000 Wayne Trotter, Publisher, Shawnee Sun
1999 Jack Lancaster, Newsroom Adviser, OSU Daily O’Collegian
1998 David Fallis, Investigative Reporter, Tulsa World
1997 J. Leland Gourley, Publisher, OKC Friday
1996 Terry Hoggatt, Managing Editor, Cushing Daily Citizen
1995 Alex Adwan, Senior Editor, Tulsa World
1994 Dave Story, Publisher, Claremore Progress
1993 John & Faith Wylie, Publishers, Oologah Lake Leader
1992 Bob Lobsinger, Publisher, Newkirk Herald-Journal
1991 Ed Montgomery, Editorial Page Editor, Norman Transcript
1990 Mary Goddard, Assistant City Editor, The Daily Oklahoman
1989 Carter Bradley, OPA Capitol News Bureau
1988 O.B. Campbell, Publisher, Vinita Journal
1987 Ralph Sewell, OPA Capitol News Bureau
1986 Sharon Wright, Political Reporter, Stillwater NewsPress
1985 Beth Macklin, Religion Editor, Tulsa World
1984 Patricia Miller, Journalism Teacher, Putnam City West High School (OKC)
1983 Ed Burchfiel, Publisher, Cordell Beacon
1982 Joseph E. Howell, Reporter, Tulsa Tribune
1981 Dr. Harry Heath, Director, School of Journalism, Oklahoma State University
1980 Dr. Ernest F. Larkin, Professor of Journalism, University of Oklahoma
1979 Callaway Buckley, Executive Editor, Duncan Banner
1978 John Young, Executive Editor, Sapulpa Herald
1977 Jane Glenn, Reporter, Norman Transcript
1976 Robby Trammell, Editor, Seminole Producer
1975 Pete Crow, Publisher, Grove Sun
1974 Jack A. Reese, Executive Editor, Norman Transcript
1973 Jack Stone, Managing Editor, Anadarko News
1972 Jack Taylor, Investigative Reporter, Daily Oklahoman
1971 Travis Walsh, Managing Editor, Tulsa World
1970 Harry Culver, Chief Reporter, United Press International
1969 Dr. Walt Ward, Associate Professor of Journalism, Oklahoma State University