“We’ve all known those women that have done everything,” she said.
Oklahoma City native Vivian Vahlberg worked in The Daily Oklahoman and Times Washington Bureau. In the early days she said some men underestimated women’s work.
“They had kind of a sense that you weren’t a serious journalist. It took a long time to see women in that light,” said Vahlberg was the first woman president of the National Press Club, her election coming only a few years after women were even allowed to join. She later was executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists.
She met Gaylord in Washington early in her career at the bureau where she worked with legendary bureau chief Al Cromley.
“It was very clear she was different in spirit than the other Gaylords and in her political views,” Vahlberg said.
Hale said Gaylord was an amazing advocate for the First Amendment and journalism education.
“I think today she would be really proud of what the Foundation has accomplished,” she said.
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