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Tulsa World

The July 27, 2005 front page of the
Tulsa World
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet

Owner World Publishing Company
Publisher Robert E. Lorton, III
Editor Joe Worley
Founded 1905
Headquarters 324 S. Main
Tulsa, OK 74103
United States

Website: tulsaworld.com

The Tulsa World is the daily newspaper for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the second-most widely circulated newspaper in the state, after The Oklahoman. The World is the primary newspaper for the northeastern and eastern portions of Oklahoma. It was founded in 1905 and remains an independent newspaper owned and operated for four generations by the Lorton family of Tulsa. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (469x800, 133 KB) The front page of the Tulsa World (27th July 2005) from Newseum This image is of a scan of a newspaper page or article, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... Nickname: Oil Capital of the World, Americas Most Beautiful City Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country United States State Oklahoma Counties Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area    - City 483. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Nickname: Oil Capital of the World, Americas Most Beautiful City Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country United States State Oklahoma Counties Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area    - City 483. ... The Oklahoman is the statewide newspaper for Oklahoma. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...



The Tulsa World was first published on Sept. 14, 1905. The second Republican newspaper in a town that was predominantly Democratic.

Eugene Lorton was named editor in 1911. He would run the Tulsa World for the next 38 years. In 1917, he became the paper's sole owner. For the first time the words, "Oklahoma's Greatest Newspaper" appeared on the identifying logo at the top of the front page. The phrase remained the paper's unofficial motto for nearly 80 years.

In 1915, in the midst of a highly personal fight over the lack of a clean, safe water source for Tulsa residents, the World advocated an ambitious, yet extremely expensive, proposal to build a reservoir on Spavinaw Creek and pipe the water nearly 90 miles to Tulsa. Charles Page was among those who opposed the Spavinaw plan. He had his own plan to sell water to Tulsa from another source for a much smaller initial outlay. Page started a new publication, the Morning News, with the expressed intention of silencing the World. Charles Page was an important philanthropist in the early history of Oklahoma and Tulsa. ...

For three years the papers fired broadsides at one another. The World called Page a tax cheat who used his philanthropy to hide assets and camouflage predatory business practices. The Morning News called Lorton a "hound from hell" and suggested he be lynched or at least chased out of town. In 1919, Lorton wrote, "It is the duty of a newspaper to expose evil, sham and graft; to arraign at the bar of public opinion, and eventually bring to justice, the officials of the city, state or national government who have betrayed their trust. It is not its duty or privilege to print untrue or libelous stories."

The Spavinaw plan eventually prevailed, and the creek remains Tulsa's primary water source. Page closed the Morning News in 1919 and sold its companion paper, The Democrat, to Richard Lloyd Jones, who renamed it The Tulsa Tribune in 1920.

Eugene Lorton died in 1949, leaving majority interest in the newspaper to his wife and smaller shares to four daughters and 20 employees. He intended, he said, for the employees to eventually own the Tulsa World. The widow, Maud Lorton, had other ideas.

In the 1950's she transferred one-fourth of the company to attorney Byron Boone , who became publisher in 1959. Upon her death, she left the rest of her shares to her grandson Robert. In 1964, Robert Lorton became director of the Newspaper Printing Corp -- a joint-operating agreement company that existeed between the Tulsa World and The Tulsa Tribune that combined all non-editorial business operations. In 1968, he became president of the Tulsa World and publisher upon Boone's death in 1988. The Tribune was bought by the World in 1992 and ceased publication. During those years, Robert Lorton reacquired the World's outstanding shares and made the newspaper entirely family-owned once again. In May of 2005, he passed the title of publisher to his son Robert E. Lorton III .


Eugene Lorton's politics defied definition. Conservative on fiscal matters and moderate on social issues, he campaigned endlessly for big-ticket public works projects and opposed women's suffrage. He and his newspaper would feud famously with Charles Page, the millionaire oilman and philanthropist; with most of Oklahoma's early governors; and with Robert S. Kerr, the state's dominant political figure of mid-century. Oil man Robert S. Kerr September 11, 1896 in what is now Ada, Oklahoma January 1, 1963in Washington, D.C., first held elective office when he became Oklahomas governor in 1942. ...

In the '20, Lorton would take on the Ku Klux Klan who had risen to local prominence in the wake of the Tulsa Race Riot in the spring of 1921. The newspaper identified the secret societiy's local leaders and the politicians on its membership rolls. Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The World has long associated itself with Democratic causes in the Tulsa area, though it would be a misnomer to say that the paper has a "liberal" bias, as politically it shares little with other papers with a liberal slant. The World endorsed the Democrats and Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936. But insisted that anything more than two terms amounted to despotism. In 1940, the World endorsed Republican Wendell Wilkie and has not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since. Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of...

The World contributes more than $1 million a year to local charities and events[citation needed]. The Lorton family has also been a major contributor to local education, cultural and religious organizations.


Only about 200 daily newspapers in the United States, out of the more than 1,100 published, are locally owned. Of those, only about a dozen have circulations as large or larger than the Tulsa World [citation needed].

A Scarborgough readership study from 2005 shows that the World reaches over 390,000 daily readers every five weekdays, and over half a million Sunday readers every four weeks[citation needed].

Competing Newspapers

  • Tulsa Tribune (former)
  • Greater Tulsa Reporter
  • Urban Tulsa Weekly

Other Competitors

KOKI (Fox)


Native American Times

External links

  • Tulsa World website

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Since the MBA took up the defense of MBA Member Michael Bates in February there has been no further communication by the Tulsa World with Michael Bates or MBA General Counsel Ronald Coleman of Coleman and Associates in the matter of Tulsa World v.
Since receiving the letter sent by Coleman which categorically rejected the claims against Bates and his blog, Bateline.com, the Tulsa World has taken action to address one of the issues raised in its threat letter.
The Tulsa World had claimed that Bates was improperly linking to material on the Tulsa World web site.
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5723 words)
Tulsa was formerly part of Indian Territory, which was created as part of the relocation of Eastern tribes such as the Creeks, and also the Seminole, Cherokee, Quapaw, Seneca, and Shawnee tribes.
Tulsa is a heavily wooded city split by the Arkansas River, Tulsa has abundant parks and water areas including such local favorites as Woodward Park (where it is a local tradition to kiss one's sweetheart on the bridge), McClure Park, LaFortune Park, Florence Park and Chandler Park.
Tulsa is world renowned for its Art Deco landmarks, including the Philtower, the Mayo Hotel, Boston Avenue Methodist Church (designed by Adah Robinson and Bruce Goff), Christ the King Catholic Church and the Adams building.
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