OAB Hall of Fame
Clayton Vaughn has the innate ability to see the heart of a story. To separate the meaningless from the important. The ability to communicate with the right people and get the right information. Clayton, an outstanding journalist and writer, is well-respected by newsmakers for his knowledge, and his directness and fairness in the treatment of the issues. Often, his stories and comments were news outside the news, bringing a thought-provoking process to the viewer.
While a senior in High School, Clayton started broadcasting at KWHP ( now KUSH) in Cushing when the station signed on in 1953. In 1958, he moved to KAKC in Tulsa as a full-time mobile news man and later news director. His long association with KOTV began when he joined their news department in 1964. He was named news director and anchor in 1965. An offer from KABC-TV Los Angeles in 1969 took him West for two years as an anchor/reporter. He returned to KOTV in 1971 as news director / anchor and began Oklahoma's first hour-long Local News at 6 p.m. in 1976 he relinquished his news director responsibilities to become a full-time anchor at 6 and 10 p.m. In early 1978, he left the station to become a founding co-anchor of the New Jersey Nightly News, a joint venture of a WNET, New York, and New Jersey public television. But once again, in 1979, Tulsa called and Clayton returned to KOTV. He was named managing editor in 1980, a position he retained until 1998 when he took early retirement.
Often recognized for his journalistic efforts, Clayton received the Heartland Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Lifetime Award in 1999.
No Oklahoma broadcast newsperson has covered more major stories than Clayton Vaughn during his 40-year career as a broadcast journalist.