Doug acquired his first camera, a Pentax Spotmatic F, in the
summer of 1973. That school year, his junior year, he joined the
newspaper and yearbook at Northwest Classen. His senior year he
was named Oklahoma Scholastic Press Association Photographer
of the Year.
At Central State University, he was named yearbook photographer
in his freshman year. He then switched to CSU's photographic
services department in the spring, working there during summer
school and the following fall semester too.
In Doug's third semester at CSU, he applied for and was hired as a
part-time staff photographer at The Daily Oklahoman & Times. In
March of 1977, he was promoted to a full-time staff position. Doug
continued to go to CSU while working and received a degree in
photojournalism in spring of 1980.
In 1983 Doug started freelancing for Sports Illustrated magazine
while still on staff at The Oklahoman, eventually being published in
the magazine 20 straight years. Also doing photography work for
Business Week, Time, Working Woman, Entrepreneur, and other
During his his career at The Oklahoman, Doug has covered many
major news assignments, but specialized in fashion and sports.
Doug is currently the Director of Photography at The Oklahoman
and has been with them 37 years.
Doug has always considered photography as just another medium
for art. Having a show and selling his artistic work has always been
a goal, ever since high school.