Constitution Award

Mr. Alex Adwan2001 Honoree

Mr. Alex Adwan
Senior Editor, Tulsa World

Alex Adwan joined the Tulsa World as Washington correspondent in 1967. He became associate editor in 1972 and editor of editorial pages in 1981.

Beginning in the early 1980s, Adwan presided over a number of changes in the editorial operations, including creation of the World’s weekly eight-page Opinion Section. The changes gave readers a greater variety of viewpoints on important issues and a more accessible forum for their own opinions.

On his retirement as editorial page editor in 1994, Adwan was named senior editor of the World. He writes a weekly column, frequently on historical subjects as they relate to current news. The columns often deal with constitutional issues.

 A graduate of Rogers State University’s predecessor institution, the Oklahoma Military Academy (Junior College ’48), and the University of Oklahoma (Bachelor’s of Arts, Journalism ’50), Adwan served as a tank platoon leader with the 45th Infantry Division in Korea in 1951-52. He was awarded the Bronze Star with “V”. He worked as reporter and editor and, later, co-owner and co-publisher of the Seminole Producer. He also worked for the Wewoka Times and Pauls Valley Daily Democrat in the 1950s.

From 1960 to 1967, Adwan was with United Press International, serving as a bureau manager in Tulsa, Houston, and Oklahoma City. He covered Houston’s new space center in the early 1960s, reporting on the last of the one-man orbital space missions and the beginnings of Project Apollo, the program to send men to the moon.

Named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1991, Adwan received the Oklahoma Press Association’s BeachyMusselman Award for “outstanding contribution to newspaper journalism” in 1995. He has been honored as a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism and of Oklahoma Military Academy. In 1996, he was named a Jefferson Fellow of Rogers State University, the institution’s highest honor, for his support of higher education. He received the Oklahoma Education Association’s Marshall Gregory Award for Educational Media Excellence.

Adwan has served on numerous civic, professional, and education boards, including the Oklahoma Heritage Association, the Oklahoma Academy, Light Opera Oklahoma and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum at Seminole. Others include the Board of Visitors of the OU College of Arts and Sciences, the professional advisory committees of the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism and the OU Center for Political Communications, and the former president’s advisory committee at RSU.

Adwan was born in Maud, Oklahoma, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. His wife, Teresa Bradley Adwan, is a retired Tulsa attorney.