Tuttle Named Small Business Journalist of the Year

The Tulsa Metro Chamber named Ray Tuttle, senior editor of the Tulsa Business Journal, the Small Business Journalist of the Year this week.
We have known all along he is tops in his field.
Tuttle has been a business writer for 29 years, and his expertise in his field can be seen in every article and commentary he writes. It is clear that he not only knows and understands business writing, but also how to write to give his readers the information they want and need, right now.
Tuttle became a pacesetter as the Tulsa Business Journal headed in a new direction following the purchase of the publication by Community Publishers, Inc. in late 2005. In early 2006 he helped transition the paper into an innovative and leading-edge business-to-business journal.
He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he worked in the Athletic Department while majoring in journalism. He worked one semester for the Oklahoma Daily where Chuck House, faculty representative on the newspaper, made it pretty plain Tuttle should chose another major.
Maybe House should have reconsidered that advice — or, at least the way he delivered it. Rather than discourage Tuttle from pursuing a career in journalism, House compelled him. Tuttle made up his mind to prove the Chuck Houses of the world wrong.
Upon graduation, he took a job in Chickasha at The Daily Express, where he worked in a one-man sports department.
After two years in Chickasha, Tuttle took a job at the morning paper in Pittsburg, Kan., where he worked as the assistant editor for one year before moving to the sports desk.
He covered sports for five years before chasing his dreams to Tulsa. Tuttle started on the news desk at the Tulsa World and had moved to the business desk by 1988. There, he worked to produce the daily section, nurse a customized system to produce the stock pages, and produce the Sunday business section.
When Tuttle found his niche as the energy writer in 1993, his service in the business section proved very valuable. When he began writing on energy, the paper hired three other people to the jobs he had been handling at the business desk.
Tuttle entered the telecommunications field in 1998 when he joined the Williams Cos. A year later he went to work for WorldCom, where he worked as an engineer until April 2002, when WorldCom invited him to rejoin the labor market..
During this time, Tuttle was a Dale Carnegie graduate assistant, and received the highest Award for Achievement.
In April 2003, Tuttle started as a business editor for the Tulsa Business Journal. He had missed business writing and knew he could make a difference in the Tulsa business community by providing readers with in-depth business coverage relevant to the current business climate. His passion for uncovering real business news launched him into his current position as senior editor.
When he isn’t chasing leads, Tuttle dedicates time to mentor new members of the editorial staff, lending his expertise to help them become effective business writers.
Though he tends to work long hours, Tuttle finds time to volunteer in his community. He serves as a deacon in his church, South Tulsa Baptist Church. He is also a volunteer in the business community. Tuttle has spent the past three years as a member of the Breakfast Network Committee for the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber honored area small and emerging business award-winners at the 2007 Small Business Awards May 15 at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel.

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