John Hamill, free-lance writer and consultant, was director of public information for Tulsa Public Schools from 1999 to 2006. Prior to that, he was editor of TulsaPeople magazine for six years. His journalism and media background includes television and newspaper reporting with KTUL-TV and the Tulsa Tribune respectively, hosting the morning classical music morning show and Saturday night jazz program on KCMA, radio talk show host on AM1430, and news director and headline anchor for “41 Live!”
Additional experience in communications includes serving as a press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, public relations manager with The Williams Companies, and community/investor relations director with Facet Enterprises/Purolator Products.
His writing credits include numerous industrial documentary films/videos ranging from drilling on Alaska’s North Slope to pipeline construction in Northern Peru, articles on Tulsa for various publications, and he is author of “Tulsa—The Great American City” and “A Cigar Box, The Story of Tulsa Teachers Credit Union.” In addition to serving on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma and the advisory board of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, he teaches Writing for Public Relations, and Organizations and Their Publics at the University of Tulsa.
Education and Degrees Earned
BS in Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. 1968 MS in Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1969.
Areas of Academic Specialty
Previous Teaching Experience
Oral Roberts University, Adjunct, Writing for the Mass Media, 1998. Previously taught Writing for the Mass Media at TU.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
Reporter at the Tulsa Tribune, Intern at the Miami Herald and Philadelphia Bulletin, Reporter at KTUL-TV (Tulsa), News Director at KGCT-TV (Tulsa). Radio talk show host AM1430 with additional radio experience including news at KCMA, Press Secretary to a U.S. Congressman, Public Relations Manager, The Williams Companies; Vice President, Schnake and Associates; Investor Relations and Community Relations Director, Facet/Purolator; Editor, TulsaPeople Magazine; Director of Public Information, Tulsa Public Schools.
Relevant Pro Bono Work
Former or Current Board of directors Junior Achievement, Theatre Tulsa, American Theatre Company, Downtown Tulsa Unlimited, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (advisory board); American Lung Association of Oklahoma and Green Country Affiliate; Public Relations Society of America (Tulsa Chapter).
Member, Public Relations Society of America, Honorary Member, Executive Women International (former judge for EWI Scholarship Program at the local, regional and international levels, currently an advisor to the Tulsa Chapter’s scholarship program).