Joe Hight is a journalist, writer, and educator. His nonfiction book, Unnecessary Sorrow, was released in the fall of 2019, and Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of our state’s journalists and their role in furthering the legacy of Oklahoma.

Hight helped found the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, now based at Columbia University. He has led and been involved in projects that have won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. He is the endowed chair of journalism ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma and director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, in which he is also a member. He writes a weekly column called “Oklahoma Joe” and his family owns Best of Books in Edmond, Oklahoma.