March 2, 2021

Christine Reid is senior editor at the Kingfisher Times & Free Press, the oldest continuously published newspaper in Oklahoma. Reid, who has a law degree, has been with the paper off and on since 1986, not counting time off in practice as an attorney, and back with the paper full time since 2007.

Her family’s been involved in running the paper, including owning it, since 1979. They’ve weathered the economic upheaval brought by the pandemic by taking voluntary pay cuts and working from home.

“We feel a huge responsibility obviously to not be the family that sees this newspaper go under or even diminish its service to the local community,” she said.

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Will Mari is an assistant professor of media law and media history at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He studies…
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