The Oklahoma Publishing Company
The home office of The Oklahoman, The Oklahoma Publishing Company
and NewsOK.com in Oklahoma City.

bug_camera.gifTake a panoramic tour of our facilities and studio.


It was rumored that over a cheeseburger in a local restaurant, E.K. Gaylord II, (then) president of The Oklahoman and David Griffin, president of NEWS 9, met to discuss one business proposition – to merge Web sites.

Near the Millennium and in the mist of the dot-com crash, the online news business continued to grow stronger. This growth gave birth to a business merger between The Oklahoman’s Oklahoman.com and KWTV NEWS 9’s 9online.com. Together, both family owned companies would continue to operate independently but share one Web site – NewsOK.com.

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From left to right, Christy Gaylord Everest, Chairman and CEO of The Oklahoman and The Oklahoma Publishing Company. Ranger 9 picks up an Oklahoman photographer on its way to breaking news.

Under the leadership of its general manager, Kelly Dyer Fry, NewsOK quickly became an instant success. With The Oklahoman’s six million monthly page views and NEWS 9’s one million, NewsOK quickly jumped to nearly eleven million over night. The public loved it!

Unlike other newspapers from around the nation, NewsOK was early in the game. From around the country, others followed. In San Antonio, Texas, the Express-News Web site (expressnews.com) and the KENS-5 TV Web site (kens-tv.com) folded into the new MySanAntonio.com. The Arizona Republic newspaper joined with KPNX-TV Channel 12 in the Web convergence of AZcentral.com.

The industry would soon coin the phrase “media convergence.” The goal of convergence was to combine two organizations’ resources and provide even more comprehensive news coverage. This online information powerhouse would benefit the user with a larger pool of news reporters, columnists, video clips, current weather forecasts, extensive news stories and photos, and other community service information.

icon_newspaper.gifRead more about the beginning of the partnership in my blog.
News media see growth in merger. By Brian Brus, The Daily Oklahoman, August 26, 2001.

In Early November 2006, our NewsOK partners began using a brand-new, state-of-the-art news set, specially designed for HD broadcasting.

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From left, sports director Dean Blevins, anchors Kelly Ogle, Amanda Taylor and chief meteorologist Gary England on the new NEWS 9 set. This photo was taken during a rehearsal at their studio in Oklahoma City, Thursday, October 26, 2006.

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Capturing in HD, SkyNews 9 is the newest member of the Griffin Communication’s team. It is also one of the fastest and first HD helicopters in the country. Pictured are both choppers from KOTV Channel 6, Tulsa, and the KWTV NEWS 9, Oklahoma City. The former Ranger 9 helicopter, now repainted and called SkyNews 6, was assigned to Tulsa’s KOTV, Saturday, April 1, 2006.


In June of 2006, The Oklahoman created a multimedia department by merging the resources of NewsOK.com, its Editorial Art Department and a division of its Sales and Marketing Department.

Scott Horton Podcast Studio

As its creative director, my first goal was to not only re-design our site for the ninth time in eleven years, but to conceptualize and launch four podcast studios on the seventh floor of The Oklahoma Publishing Company.

Although the process of producing video newscasts and radio shows are far from being anything new to the TV and radio news industry, it’s new to newspapers around the country. For us, the most exciting thing is we’re writing the rules as we deliver news and information in ways we’ve never done before.

icon_newspaper.gifRead more about the beginning of the Multimedia Department in my blog.
Oklahoman creates multimedia department, By Randy Ellis, The Oklahoman, Sunday, June 4, 2006.

NewsOK is nearly seven years old today, and its pace has stayed strong…

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Today, NewsOK boasts more than 1.8 million unique users per month.


David Thompson, publisher of The OklahomanSix years after the convergence of Oklahoman.com and 9online.com, The Oklahoma Publishing Company purchased the ownership interest of NewsOK.com from Griffin Communications.

icon_newspaper.gifRead more about the The Oklahoman’s buy out and ownership interest of NewsOK.com in my blog.
The Oklahoma Publishing Company buys out Griffin’s interest in NewsOK.com, The Oklahoman, Friday, March 30, 2007.


Twelve years ago, on April 14th, 1996 and nearly one year after the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Oklahoma Publishing Company launched an electronic version of The Oklahoman onto the vast computer network known as the Internet. At the time, no one knew much about the Internet, what it could be used for, or if it had a real future. I found the prospect too exciting to pass up and joined the nine member team assigned to the monumental task.

Scott Horton, Matt Jones, Betty Jane Harvey Here’s a picture of me (seated) twelve years ago with two other original team members, Matt Jones, promotions manager and Betty Jane Harvey, electronic media editor.

Under the leadership of Oklahoman Online general manager, Sue Hale, our team worked around the clock for several months prior to the launch. For me, graphics had to be tested for compatibility and file sizes had to be dramatically reduced to allow for download on a 14.4k modem. Looking back, I find this to be somewhat humors – considering where we are today. Everything had to look like a beveled button with the words “click here” next to it.

Our first big feature on the site was the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. We launched Oklahoman.com, then we posted archived stories and photo galleries just one week before the anniversary. Here’s a link the recent Oklahoma City Bombing 10th Anniversary site I designed and produced with our team two years ago.

After a successful month of publishing The Oklahoman online, ConnectOK.com was launched. This company’s mission was to focused on designing corporate Web sites our sale team brought in. Dynamic designs were created for Kerr McGee, The Broadmoor Hotel, Devon Energy, several local hospitals, the UCLA Conference Center, The Oklahoma City Chamber, and many others Oklahoman based companies. Included were over 100 Oklahoma non-profit Web sites. As creative director and senior designer, you could imagine. My plate was full most of the time. However, I loved it, and it was a great way for us to bring in revenue until The Oklahoman Online could maintain itself with its own advertising dollars. In the twelve years I’ve been with The Oklahoma Publishing Company, I have redesigned our news site nine times.

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Another page has been turned in the long history of The Oklahoma Publishing Co. The Daily Oklahoman, April 14, 1996.

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