Clayton Vaughn was born in Kansas and raised in Cushing, Oklahoma where he began his broadcast career. He moved to Tulsa and KAKC radio in 1958 and joined KOTV in 1964. In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles to work for KABC but returned to KOTV in 1971, where he served as news director. In 1979, he went to work for WNET-TV in New York City and the New Jersey Public Television System. He returned to KOTV in 1981.
During the course of his career he reported from nine national political conventions, traveled to Vietnam to report on area military servicemen and women, anchored from the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing site, presided over scores of political debates, and interviewed people from all walks of life.
His work at KOTV after his return from the west coast included five years as News Director and anchor of Oklahoma’s first and, to date, only 6 pm News Hour, which brought magazine-style reporting and news commentary to Tulsa television.
Clayton Vaughn’s broadcast journalism career spanned nearly half a century. He retired from broadcasting in 1999 and became Executive Director of the Tulsa Historical Society until 2006.
Vaughn is a member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Heartland Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Tulsa People Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Anchor of the 1990s,” and was named among the first “Tulsa Television Icons” by the Tulsa Press Club.
Interview with Clayton Vaughn
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: December 14, 2010
Date Published: April 28, 2020
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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