Skip to main content

Tulsa World - About Us

About the Tulsa World

The first issue of the Tulsa Daily World appeared on the afternoon of Sept. 14, 1905. The banner across the top of the front page declared: "Tulsa, Chosen Home of Prosperity and Opportunity, is a Busy City in a Busy Universe." The paper cost 5 cents per copy.

The Tulsa World was owned by the Lorton family from 1917 to 2013. Three generations served as publishers of the paper during that time: Eugene Lorton, Maud Lorton, Robert E. Lorton and Robert E. Lorton III. It was purchased by BH Media Group in 2013, which is a Berkshire Hathaway Co. The Tulsa World has been Tulsa's only daily newspaper since the afternoon daily, the Tulsa Tribune, closed in 1992. The World is the second-largest newspaper in Oklahoma. 

Located at 315 S. Boulder Ave., the nine-story building extends through the block to Main Street and covers the entire area between Third and Fourth streets. An entrance on the east side is located on Main Street.

Technological Advances

The Tulsa World was the first newspaper in North America to install the state-of-the-art shaftless Wifag presses, capable of churning out 70,000 copies an hour. It also was the first major newspaper to switch to digital photography.

A $60 million expansion included the new presses, a visitors' parking lot and power plant. The Tulsa World updated its computer software to the DTI and InDesign systems and has become a computer-to-plate operation. The Tulsa World is printed on 48-inch-wide paper.

Community Involvement

The newspaper has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the Salvation Army's Neediest Families program.

The newspaper is the founding sponsor of the Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa Run and Free Wheel bicycle tour. It also has sponsored Mayfest and the Fourth of July fireworks display.

In addition, the Roxana and Robert E. Lorton family's generosity has involved their chairmanship of several capital campaigns for the University of Tulsa, which have provided the university and its community with the Reynolds Center and The Lorton Performance Center.


2011 - SPJ Best Newspaper, first; AP/ONE Writing Sweepstakes; Great Plains Journalism Awards Newspaper of the Year; SNPA Best Use of Multimedia, first, "The Questions That Remain."

2010 - SPJ Best Newspaper, first; Great Plains Best Website, first.

2009 - SPJ Best Newspaper, first; AP/ONE General excellence, first; TABJ Best newspaper, first; AP/ONEBest website, first; Great Plains Journalism Awards Best website, first.

2008 - SPJ Best Newspaper, first; AP General Excellence, first; Sweepstakes Award for Photography, Mike Simons.

2007 - AP Division A Sweepstakes awards; General Excellence, first; Website:, first; SPJ Best Website:; SPJ Best Newspaper; SNPA Best Use of Multimedia, first, "Lost Lives: A Decade of Tulsa Homicides."

2006 - AP/Oklahoma News Executives Division A Sweepstakes award, General Excellence, first; SPJ Best Newspaper, first.

2005 - AP Division A Sweepstakes; General Excellence, first.

2004 - AP Division A Sweepstakes; SPJ Best Newspaper, first; Sweepstakes Award for Photography, Michael Wyke.

2003 - AP Division A Sweepstakes.

2002 - AP Sweepstakes in Photography.

2001 - AP Division A Sweepstakes; General Excellence, first.

2000 - AP Division A Sweepstakes in Writing.

1999 - AP Division A Sweepstakes; AP Sweepstakes in Photography.

1998 - AP Division A Sweepstakes; AP Sweepstakes in Photography, General Excellence, first.

1996 - AP Sweepstakes in Photography.

For the past 15 years, the Tulsa World has won 14 Sweepstakes awards from the Associated Press, which is selected as the best from each year's group of first place winners.

The Tulsa World Earned first place in General Excellence by the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives. Named Best Newspaper by the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Named Best newspaper by the Tulsa Association of Black Journalists Named Best Website by the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives. Named Best Website by the Great Plains Journalism Awards.

Community Awards Earned the Mental Health Association in Tulsa's 2009 Communication Award for the series "Suicide: Hidden Epidemic."

Earned the 2007 Genesis Award for investigative reporting by the Humane Society of the United States for the series "Puppy Profits: An investigation into Oklahoma's dog-breeding industry."

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News