Will Rogers Prints

and own a piece of Oklahoma newspaper history.

Donate $500 or more for a matted, framed print of the
“All I know is what I read in the papers”
portrait of Will Rogers by artist Charles Banks Wilson.
($100 to $499 donations will receive an unframed print.)

Will’s commentary and wit in his syndicated newspaper columns made him a leading journalist of the early 20th century. Display “All I Know is What I Read in the Papers” in your office or home while proudly recognizing your contribution to journalism education and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.


Charles Banks Wilson’s portrait of Will Rogers has had a spectacular history. In the early 1950s the Gerlach-Barklow Co. commissioned the painting and used it as a calendar illustration. NBC then purchased the rights to reproduce the picture and sent out color mats of the portrait. The picture was featured on the covers of the Sunday magazine sections of 72 large metro newspapers across the nation. It has appeared in several exhibitions, including at the New York’s World Fair in 1962 and at the Will Rogers Memorial in 1989.
The portrait was purchased in July 1962 by the Oklahoma Press Association to showcase in the lobby of its new building. Will’s famous quote “All I know is what I read in the papers,” has long been the offi cial emblem of the association. The original portrait is there for you to see whenever you visit OPA headquarters.
The portrait is completely accurate, in the clothing Will wears, his spectacles, his typewriter – even the news columns portrayed depict authentic news stories of Will’s day.

The 16"x20" image is printed on 20"x24" archival-matte paper. When matted & framed it is a beautiful 24"x28" piece.

Your donation helps support
 the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation

The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation was formed in 1959 by members of the Oklahoma Press Association. ONF is a non-profit organization created for educational and charitable purposes and supported by private donations. These generous contributions support the foundation’s efforts to improve the state’s newspaper industry and quality of journalism.
INTERNSHIPS: Approximately 20 college students are hired each summer to work at Oklahoma newspapers and gain valuable hands-on experience. A grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provides funding for student salaries while ONF administers the program and covers most additional costs.
CONVENTION REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS: Students and faculty advisers of college newspaper programs are invited to attend OPA’s annual convention each year. ONF covers all registration costs for students to attend the educational sessions and network at the social events.
NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION: ONF provides materials and tools for NIE coordinators as well as newspaper activities for teachers to use in the classroom. Kid-friendly features are often made available for newspapers to print during important NIE events, such as NIE Week and Constitution Day.
AWARDS: The annual Beachy Musselman Award, named for the late two-term OPA president and editor of the Shawnee News-Star, recognizes an outstanding journalist for his or her contribution to printed journalism and the community. The Ray Lokey Memorial Award for Excellence in Reporting recognizes an outstanding journalist with a plaque and $500 award. The Joseph H. Edwards Outdoor Writer of the Year Award, named for the late publisher of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, recognizes a writer whose work exemplifies a passion for outdoor scenery, abundant wildlife and/or all sports afield. The recipient receives a plaque and $500.