Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Wayne Greene

Years in media: 31 years

Why I got into this business: I got into journalism as a lark in college, a way to pick up some spare change as I pursued other careers. I stayed with it because I loved being in the know and asking important people embarrassing questions.

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Journalism scrutinizes those in power for those who are not.

What three words describe you: Lovably neurotic (usually)

What issue fires you up: I love to get buried in projects whose results will make a difference.

Who is a Tulsan you admire: Former Tulsa World Executive Editor Joe Worley taught me how to think beyond tomorrow’s front page, take pleasure in other people’s successes and use newsprint as a hammer when the time is right.

What is your favorite local hangout: The kitchen.

Favorite movie: “Edward Scissorhands”

Favorite book: "Brideshead Revisited"

Favorite quote: “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” — George Bernard Shaw

Editorial Pages Editor Wayne Greene has been honored with a first-place award for Editorial Excellence for a body of work. Greene also was named the “Conscience of the Community” by the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. See his column archive at tulsaworld.com/waynegreene.