Eric Dabney

For over two decades, Eric Dabney worked as a longtime researcher and editor for Bob Burke. During this time, he rediscovered Oklahoma during interviews with Gary England, Abe Lemons, Jane Jayroe, and George Nigh. Dabney has co-authored several books and was an adjunct professor in education at the University Of Central Oklahoma. Eric began his career in public school education as a first-grade teacher in 2014, then he moved to Central Middle School where he taught 7th-grade English and Literacy. In 2019, he became the librarian of Orvis Risner Elementary School. He and his wife, Shelley, have been married for 30 years, and now live on a farm northeast of Edmond, where they raised three daughters and are happy grandparents.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Eric Dabney
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Gentleman Jurist

Judge Thompson is a highly respected federal judge and public servant who is known for his commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law. He is renowned for his even-tempered and courteous treatment of all those who appear before him. This is why the title of his biography is aptly named "Gentleman Jurist".

Fearless Flight

Wiley Post was an aviation risk taker and a renowned and innovative pilot. He set records and made discoveries and inventions that remain unparalleled in the world of aviation. Bob Burke wrote an award-winning biography about Post, which was adapted for young readers, allowing them to explore his remarkable accomplishments.

Willie of the Valley: The Life of Bill Paul

Bill Paul has achieved success in many areas of his life, from his family's dairy farm to the board room of Phillips Petroleum Company. He is one of only two Oklahomans to ever serve as president of the American Bar Association and is recognized as one of America's premier lawyers. He has given back to his community and state, and has worked to assist the Chickasaw Nation move into the 21st century.