Years in media: 48

Why I got into this business: My step-father had been a newspaperman, and we read the newspaper every day. I was an avid sports fan. I thought it might be fun to be a sportswriter, and it was.

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Journalism, especially through newspapers, is a critical pathway to an informed public.

What three words describe you: Fair, laid-back, grateful

What issue fires you up: Politicians who spend all of their time doing everything except legislating for the common good.

Who is a Tulsan you admire: The late Wayman Tisdale

What is your favorite local hangout: Cellar Dweller

Favorite movie: "It Happened One Night"

Favorite book: "Semi-Tough"

Favorite quote: "The food was terrible, and there wasn't enough of it." — Anonymous caller to the Tulsa World