About On the Record

In On the Record, Dick Pryor discusses current events and journalism with leading journalists from around the nation.  On the Record provides insight into the role of the media in American society and how journalism impacts public policy and popular culture.

Dick Pryor, Host

Dick PryorDick Pryor is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who serves as Deputy Director and Managing Editor for OETA-The Oklahoma Network. He began anchoring the Oklahoma News Report in 1990 and served as OETA News and Public Affairs Manager from 2002 to 2007. Dick was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame on April 3, 2009.

During his tenure at OETA, Dick has anchored OETA's statewide election coverage every two years, served as legislative reporter, and has been on-camera and voice-over talent for numerous OETA productions including the Western Heritage Awards and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Awards and Banquet. He has also hosted or moderated a variety of public affairs programs, including Oklahoma Forum, Legislative Week, Oklahomans Against Fraud, The State Question Debate, A Conversation With..., Prescriptions for Healthcare Reform, The People's Business, Ask a Lawyer, and debates involving candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

He has also narrated documentaries, "Oklahoma's Carl Albert" and "Oklahoma Newsreel Photographer," and was producer/reporter of the highly-acclaimed 14-part series and documentary, Oklahoma World War II Stories in 2007. The Oklahoma World War II Stories documentary was the highest-rated prime-time program in the entire PBS system on December 6, 2007, and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Dick received an Emmy Award in 2008 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Heartland Regional Chapter for his work on OETA's World War II Veterans project. In his role as talen,t he hosted two pre-screening events of Ken Burns' documentary, "The War," hosted an interview program about the project, reported and produced the Oklahoma World War II Stories news series and documentary, covered the dedication of the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2007, and hosted a live educational webcast from Pearl Harbor for more than 200 Oklahoma schools.

Dick with Jim Lehrer of PBS's NewsHour with Jim LehrerDick received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio-TV Journalism and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Oklahoma. A native of Norman, he worked as Sports Director at KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas, and sports anchor/reporter at KJRH-TV in Tulsa and KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City prior to joining OETA. He also served as Public Relations Director and play-by-play announcer for the Oklahoma City 89ers Baseball Club for two seasons and served as sports play-by-play announcer and talk show host for radio stations in Oklahoma and Texas. He has received awards for his work from the Associated Press, United Press International, Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

Dick is active in a variety of community and professional organizations, including the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and is a past-President of the Norman Sooner Rotary Club, the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the University of Oklahoma College of Journalism Alumni Association. In 1997, he traveled to Russia to advise Russian radio and television broadcasters about American journalism.

He was a member of Leadership Norman in 1997 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FOI, Oklahoma, Inc., the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, the Advisory Council for the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma, and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Communications Committee and Law Day Committee.

Dick's wife, Lisa, is a former public school teacher who serves as Assistant Superintendent for Innovation, Support, and Alternative Education at the State Department of Education.