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UCO Confirms More Award-Winning Speakers For Media Ethics Conference

Oct. 3, 2012

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103,


Former NFL player and Oklahoma native J.D. Runnels and Oklahoma City television news anchors Kelly Ogle and Wendell Edwards have joined a prestigious roster of speakers for the University of Central Oklahoma’s Media Ethics Conference Oct. 17-18.           

The theme of this year’s conference is “Sports, Politics and News: The Ethics of Covering America’s Favorite Pastimes.”

Runnels played for the Chicago Bears and was later signed to the practice squads for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals. He played in college for the University of Oklahoma Sooners and in high school at Carl Albert in Midwest City.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Ogle anchors the weeknight news for KWTV News 9. During his career, he has been honored by the National Academy of Television Journalists and with an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, among other awards.

Edwards anchors the weekday morning newscasts for KOCO 5, and has been honored for his work by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.             

The new speakers join reporter John Sutter, the Poynter journalism institute’s Kelly McBride, and veteran journalist Linda Jones on the conference roster.

Farai Chideya, journalist, professor, lecturer and also a Spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, will deliver the luncheon keynote address on why rock star journalists sometimes fail in sticking to a media code of ethics.

Sponsored by Central’s Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 17, and 8:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18, at the Nigh University Center. Registration is open to the public for $25, and the conference is free for Central students, faculty and staff. Lunch is included.           

“The 24/7 focus on sports and political news, and how we respond to it, is a critical one for media professionals today – especially with the presidential elections mere weeks away, and with football and, later, basketball season upon us,” said Yvette Walker, Central’s Edith Gaylord Kinney Endowed Chair for Journalism Ethics and The Oklahoman’s director of custom publications/night news director.           

“Everyone who attends this conference will take away a profound understanding of the importance of ethics in today’s multimedia world.”           

To register for the conference, visit           

For more information, contact Walker at 405-974-5924 or