Joe Hight

Joe Hight is a journalist, writer, and educator. His nonfiction book, Unnecessary Sorrow, was released in the fall of 2019, and Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of our state’s journalists and their role in furthering the legacy of Oklahoma.

Hight helped found the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, now based at Columbia University. He has led and been involved in projects that have won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. He is the endowed chair of journalism ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma and director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, in which he is also a member. He writes a weekly column called “Oklahoma Joe” and his family owns Best of Books in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Joe Hight
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Our Greatest Journalists

The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes men and women of diverse backgrounds who have devoted themselves to spreading the word. Its members have had many defining moments in their careers, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. They embody the pioneering spirit and have been chosen for Oklahoma's highest journalistic honor.