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Gamble, Jane Jayroe | 2007

  • Birth and Death Year | 1946 – Present
  • Induction Year | 2007
  • Profession | Journalist
  • Oklahoma Connection | Gamble was born and raised in Laverne, Oklahoma


Many Oklahomans know Jane Jayroe as both a former Miss America and a television news anchor in Oklahoma City. During Jayroe’s year as Miss America in 1967, she was the first Miss America to visit a combat zone and started the Miss America tradition of providing entertainment to our military every year. A graduate of Oklahoma City University with a master’s degree from the University of Tulsa, Jayroe enjoyed a 16-year career in broadcast journalism. She served as a prime time news anchor in Oklahoma City and in Dallas/Ft.Worth. Representing KOCO news, she received several journalism awards for her work on education issues. Jayroe was also the first female named “Outstanding News Personality” in the Dallas/Ft.Worth television market. A third generation Oklahoman, Jayroe has been appointed to leadership positions by four Oklahoma governors and served as Cabinet Secretary of Tourism for the state of Oklahoma and Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. Jayroe was the first woman to chair the Oklahoma Academy. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at UMC Church of the Servant and served Oklahoma City University as a trustee for many years. She has served on the boards of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Centennial Commission. Jayroe is a former trustee of the Sarkeys Foundation. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, she was on the initial board that developed Leadership Oklahoma. A much sought after speaker, Jayroe produced a set of audio devotionals and created seminars for women titled Living Grace-fully and Esther Women: created for such a time as this. Jayroe’s autobiography, More Grace than Glamour, with Bob Burke, was released in 2006. She also authored Devote 40 Days, released in 2011, and the essay for David Fitzgerald’s book, Oklahoma III.

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