Two of The Oklahoman’s top investigative journalists, Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis, received recent honors from the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Amongst the newest crop of inductees, the reporters were honored at the 46th annual induction ceremony, which took place on April 28th at the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond.
Clay and Ellis have a combined total of over 63 years of experience in investigative reporting for The Oklahoman, with Clay joining team in 1985 and Ellis in 1982.
Clay has distinguished himself amongst his fellow reporters by garnering more than 100 state, regional and national awards for excellence. Professional highlights include his superior work on the Oklahoma City bombing trials and Timothy McVeigh’s execution in 2001. Clay’s reporting has helped build a better Oklahoma by exposing corrupt government officials, inept businesses and poorly ran state programs.
Ellis, long known for being a tenacious and insightful reporter, has spent more than 30 years exposing Oklahoma corruption in higher education, campaign funding and local and statewide government. Career highlights include his discerning coverage of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and several deadly tornadoes. Ellis’ efforts have earned him the respect of his peers and more than 110 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence.
The Master of ceremonies for the event was Mark Thomas, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association.