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Okla. Television newsman & Journalism Hall of Fame member Jan Lovell dies

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OKLAHOMA – The Sooner State lost of its journalism greats this week.

Television newsman and Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame member Jan Lovell died early Wednesday morning due to lymphoma.

Lovell died at age 79.

Jan Lovell frame shot from OETA storyHe began his career when he was only 15-years-old as KVSO radio in his hometown of Ardmore.

He later worked in television news in Louisiana and South Carolina, as well as in his native Oklahoma, including NewsChannel 4.

As news of Lovell’s death began spreading on social media, friends, former colleagues and those who worked in politics, from both parties, all echoed the same sentiment—Jan was one of the “good guys.”

Lovell’s work in broadcast journalism spanned more than half a century.

Upon his retirement in 2001, OETA aired an interview with the man many at the Capitol referred to as the Dean of the broadcast press.

Reflecting on his career, Lovell said as a young man from a small town in Oklahoma, reporting was a ticket to a world he never otherwise would have been able to access.

“I’ve seen things that were exciting, that were frightening, depressing, joyous.  It’s been a very special kind of life, and I can’t say that I’ve regretted one minute of it.”

No services will be held, but those who would like to honor Jan Lovell are welcome to make contributions to the American Cancer Society in his memory.