By: Lucia Moses
For the first time in 85 years, someone other than a Gaylord will hold the top jobs at The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City next month. Edward L. Gaylord, 83, announced on Friday that he is relinquishing his publisher and editor titles after 28 years.
He will turn them over to, respectively, David Thompson, formerly an executive at the Oklahoman and at present the vice president of advertising at The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, and Ed Kelley, now the editorial-page editor at the Oklahoman.
Gaylord, who will remain chairman and CEO of the paper’s parent company, made the announcement in his newspaper a little more than a week after the April 7 groundbreaking for Gaylord Hall, which will be the $17-million home of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.