Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame Induction

Thu, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 11:45 a.m.

University of Central Oklahoma's 
Nigh University Center


Twelve outstanding journalists will be honored at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday, April 30, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Honorees this year are Julie DelCour, associate editor at Tulsa World; Edward L. Goodwin, former publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle in Tulsa; James O. Goodwin, publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle; Ron Hagler, television cameraman for CBS; John and Tinker Hruby, former publishers of The Marlow Review; Rose Lane, GM and editor at OKC Friday; Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of The City Sentinel in Oklahoma City; Gary Reid, publisher emeritus of The Kingfisher Times & Free Press; Jenifer Reynolds, television host of Discover Oklahoma; Judy Gibbs Robinson, editorial adviser to The Oklahoma Daily and journalism faculty at the University of Oklahoma; and Robby Trammell, news editor at The Oklahoman.

The luncheon program will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the third floor of the university center. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association. Luncheon reservations at $15 each may be made by contacting tclark@uco.edu, or calling 405-974-5122, by Thursday, April 23. We urge you to reserve your tickets soon as a larger-than-usual crowd is expected.

DIRECTIONS: From 2nd Street (Hwy  77) enter campus by turning north onto Garland Godfrey Drive. Drive north and turn right onto E. Main St. A large parking lot is on the north side of Main St.; the entrance is where the red marker is on the map above (756 E. Main Street, Edmond). Take a ticket when you enter the lot; when you leave later tell the parking attendant you were at the Hall of Fame luncheon and you won't have to pay any fees. The Nigh University Center is on the west side of the parking lot. The ballroom is on the 2nd floor.

More than 250 journalists, friends and families are expected for the Hall of Fame, said Dr. Terry M. Clark, director of the Journalism Hall of Fame. “The event has become sort of homecoming celebration for members of the Hall of Fame to come together and recognize each year’s honorees,” he said.

Honorees are selected by a committee composed of members of the working press and the Hall of Fame. The committee sifts through all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years, before selecting the nine honorees. Nomination forms are available at any time from the sponsoring UCO Department of Mass Communication.

Framed citations are on display in a Hall of Fame display in the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma. The UCO Department of Mass Communication is host and administrator of the Hall. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation helps underwrite expenses for the ceremony.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 by former Journalism Chairman Dr. Ray Tassin. This year’s inductees make 410 total members. The Hall is supported with funding from UCO.

This year’s inductees:

JULIE DELCOUR (1951- ), an associate editor of the Tulsa World, came to Oklahoma in 1977 after graduating from the University of Missouri and working four years at Springfield newspapers. She has covered higher education, county and city government, state and federal courts. Her coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials earned national attention, and Newsmaker of the Year from the Association of Women in Communications. After joining the Editorial Board in 1998, she was part of an editorial team honored by APONE for work leading to a buyout of endangered residents in the Tar Creek superfund site. In 2014, the Tulsa YWCA named her one of 100 Women With Moxie on its 100th birthday.

EDWARD L. ‘ED’ GOODWIN, JR. (1935-2014), editor and publisher of the historic Oklahoma Eagle in Tulsa, began working at his father’s paper as a paper carrier. He earned a journalism degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and worked at other newspapers in Tulsa and Kansas City. “Born with a torch in his hand and heart,” he was active in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Well known for efforts in preserving and promotion of the historic Greenwood District, he spent tireless hours fighting for just causes. He was a pillar in the North Tulsa community, putting himself on the front line for economic, political, and social justice in the city.

JAMES O. GOODWIN (1939- ), publisher and editor of the historic Oklahoma Eagle in Tulsa since 1979, and attorney at law, serves on a multitude of civic boards and is a recipient of a multitude of awards, including Tulsa Press Club Print Icon Award and The University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame. In 2003, he received the Lifetime Excellence Award with the East Regional Health Center in Tulsa being renamed The James O. Goodwin Health Center. A graduate of the University of Tulsa and Notre Dame, he successfully challenged before the U. S. Supreme Court the constitutionality of a state statute and before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals the constitutionality of a Tulsa city ordinance prohibiting freedom of speech and was co-counsel in the matter of reparation for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race riot.

RON HAGLER (1940- ) began his career as news film cameraman at KSWO-TV in Lawton during his senior year. He was chief photographer for KOTV in Tulsa from 1963 to 1967. He was co-owner of Hagler-Callaway Productions for 17 years, producing commercial and industrial films that won numerous ADDY and National awards. In 1983, he joined CBS as a freelance technician out of the Dallas Bureau. For 23 years, he covered major news events around the world, including the Oklahoma City bombing, and was part of an Emmy award winning team covering the Mexico City earthquake in 1985.

JOHN A. HRUBY (1964-2014), co-publisher of the Marlow Review and Comanche County Chronicle, was a third-generation Oklahoma journalist, following his father Al Hruby and grandfather Harrington Wimberly. He graduated from Duncan High School, from Schreiner University in Texas and from the University of Oklahoma with a MBA. He became publisher of the Duncan Banner in 1997 when his father retired. John bought the Review in 2007, and was active in the Oklahoma Press Association. He was vice president of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation’s board of trustees. An Eagle Scout, he worked with the Boy and Cub Scouts. A homicide victim along with his wife and daughter Katherine, he is remembered for being active in both Marlow and Duncan.

JOY ‘TINKER’ HRUBY (1966-2014), co-publisher of the Marlow Review and co-owner of the Comanche County Chronicle, was born in Kerrville, Texas. She and John Hruby were married there in 1989. She earned degrees from Schreiner University and an education degree from Cameron University. She taught second grade in Duncan and also worked in real estate, banking and as a private investigator. A Girl Scout, she was a scout leader, a member of the Jaycee Janes and supported the Stephens County Humane Society. A homicide victim along with her husband and daughter Katherine, she worked with her husband to produce a quality newspaper and was active in both Marlow and Duncan.

ROSE LANE (1962- ), managing editor, general manager and deputy publisher of OKC Friday, started there in 2002 as news and society editor. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Missouri in 1984. She was assistant news director for KRMS/KYLC radio in Osage Beach, Mo., in 1985-86 before joining the daily Reveille/ Lake Sun Leader as a reporter. In 15 years she served as associate editor and special sections editor. In 1996, she helped start the weekly, Lake Week. In 1998 she became editor and sales executive for Vacation News. She’s worked with the Oklahoma Press Association. Awards include the OPA’s Quarter Century Club.

PATRICK B. MCGUIGAN (1954- ) covered sports for the Bishop McGuinness High School newspaper, and wrote for The O’Collegian when earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oklahoma State University. He is editor and publisher of The City Sentinel in Oklahoma City, and in 2009 founded CapitolBeatOK.com, an online news service. He writes for Perspective Magazine, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs publication. He was editor of The Initiative and Referendum Report in Washington for 10 years and in 1988 was elected to the National Press Club. He directed The Oklahoman editorial page from 1990-2002. McGuigan is state secretary-treasurer for SPJ, a member of the OKC Gridiron Club, and has written three books and edited seven.

GARY REID (1936- ), publisher emeritus of the Kingfisher Times & Free Press, is an Altus native and graduated from Oklahoma State University. His first newspaper job was working for his brother, Ken, and Ed Burchfiel at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. He was editor of the Wewoka Daily News before buying the Hollis News. In 1979, he purchased Kingfisher and still works full time, writing his column, View from Behind the Plow. A staunch defender of the public’s right to know, he fought against a corrupt city administration, resulting in the ouster of city officials. He received the Oklahoma Press Association’s Beachy Musselman Award, SPJ’s First Amendment Award and was Kingfisher Citizen of the Year, all in 2002.

JENIFER REYNOLDS (1958-  ), co-host of the television show Discover Oklahoma since 2002, was born in Miami, Okla. While at Oklahoma State University, she won the DuPont-Columbia Award, the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. She worked six years in radio news at KOSU-FM and WKY-AM, followed by 14 years at KWTV-TV, where her reports led to reform of state charity bingo laws, management changes at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, new EMS service in Oklahoma City and closure of a DEA storefront selling precursor chemicals for illegal drugs. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television in 2001.

JUDY GIBBS ROBINSON (1956- ), assistant director of Student Media and editorial adviser to The Oklahoma Daily at the University of Oklahoma, began her career at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before joining The Associated Press, working in Utah, New York, West Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s from the OU Gaylord College. She spent four years as minority affairs reporter at The Oklahoman, returning to OU in 2007. Along with reporting and writing awards, she was named a College Media Association Honor Roll Adviser in 2012. She’s a member of CMA, the FOI-OK board and SPJ.

ROBBY TRAMMELL (1952- ), news director for The Oklahoman and News-OK.com, was editor of the paper at Seminole High School and Seminole Junior College. Earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, he worked full time covering Edmond for The Oklahoman. He was reporter and managing editor of the Seminole Producer for 15 years and led The Oklahoman’s Tulsa bureau in 1987-1990. As an award-winning investigative reporter, he exposed Seminole County’s county commissioners bid-rigging, opening a statewide federal inquiry and public corruption scandal; the secret indictment of an Oklahoma governor; also probing the Oklahoma City bombing. He has a master’s from the University of Oklahoma. He is on the Oklahoma Press Association board.