Virginia Bradshaw, 26-year veteran of The Shawnee News-Star, will be among nine outstanding Oklahoma journalists who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame during its 46th anniversary celebration April 28 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond.
Bradshaw (1929- ) was a Chandler High School senior when a feature she wrote won her a Chandler News-Publicist job. Between freshman and sophomore years at OU, she worked brief periods at the Woodward Daily Press, Alva Review-Courier and Anadarko Daily News. She was the Oklahoma Daily society editor, hosted a women’s program on OU’s KUVY and after earning a BA in journalism, became St. Gregory’s College public information director/journalism teacher.
She worked at the Norman Transcript; and 26 years as a Shawnee News-Star public affairs/general news reporter; and The Oklahoman covering Pottawatomie County. She met her late husband of 55 years, Jim Bradshaw (Hall of Fame, 1995) at The Shawnee News-Star when she asked him if he knew of any summer jobs. He didn’t, but asked her for a date.
Since retirement in 2012, Bradshaw's worked as a reporter for The Countywide & Sun in Tecumseh. The author of two books, she is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association’s Quarter and Half Century clubs.
Other honorees are Louise Abercrombie of the Ponca City News; the late Bob Barry Jr., of KFOR-TV; Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman; Randy Ellis of The Oklahoman; Janet Pearson, retired from the Tulsa World; Bill Perry of OETA; Kenneth O. Reid of Weatherford; and Rita Sherrow of the Tulsa World.
The luncheon program will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the third floor of the Nigh University Center. Master of ceremonies will be Mark Thomas, executive vice-president of the Oklahoma Press Association.
Dr. Don Betz, UCO president, will welcome the 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.
Invitations will soon be in the mail to Hall of Fame members. Luncheon reservations at $15 each may be made by contacting Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 405-974-5122, by Thursday, April 21.
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 honorees. Nomination forms are available at any time from the sponsoring UCO Department of Mass Communication. Framed citations are in the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame display in the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 by former Central State Journalism Chairman Dr. Ray Tassin. This year’s inductees make 419 total members. The Hall is supported with funding from UCO and the UCO Department of Mass Communication is host.