Ponca City native to be honored in Journalism Hall of Fame

Ponca City Now - February 3, 2020 11:00 am

A Ponca City native who made his career in journalism will be honored posthumously during the Journalism Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary gala in April.

Don Gammill (1952-2017), spent his career at the Enid News & Eagle and The Oklahoman. He graduated from Ponca City High School in 1971 and graduated from Central State University in 1975 after attending Northern Oklahoma College.

During his journalism career, he was recognized and given many awards for his work. At The Oklahoman, he taught News Room 101, and enjoyed working with high school students to further develop their skills. He also kept a weekly column in the paper.

Others being recognized in the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary class are:

  • Clytie Bunyan, The Oklahoman
  • Al Eschbach, Norman Transcript, Oklahoma Journal, KTOK and the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College
  • Rusty Ferguson, The Cleveland American, The Hominy News-Progress and The Pawnee Chief
  • Lori Fullbright, KOTV
  • Rochelle Hines, The Associated Press
  • Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman
  • Michael Sims, Network News Service
  • Tony Stizza, KTVY/KFOR
  • Scott Thompson, KOTV, KJRH
  • Yvette Walker, The Oklahoman, OU Gaylord College

50th anniversary posthumous class

  • B.A. Bridgewater (1894-1964), Tulsa World
  • Tim Chavez (1958-2009), The Oklahoman
  • Charles Cagle (1937-2015), Clinton Daily News, Neighbor News (CNHI).
  • John A. Ferguson Jr. (1925-2000), Tulsa World
  • Don Gammill (1952-2017), Enid News & Eagle, The Oklahoman.
  • Helen Holmes (1915-1997), journalist and journalism teacher
  • William E. Lehmann (1928-2016), Guthrie Daily Leader
  • Marjorie Paxson (1923-2017), Muskogee Phoenix, United Press, Associated Press, Houston Post, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times
  • Andrew J. Smitherman (1883-1961), Tulsa Star, Buffalo Star
  • William Russell Moore (1910-1950), The Oklahoman, Associated Press

2020 Lifetime Achievement Honorees

  • Bob Blackburn, author and Oklahoma  Historical Society executive director
  • Robert K. Goodwin, former Oklahoma Eagle publisher

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