John Hoover

Franchise Writer
Covering the Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys


John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow. You can continue to read John Hoover’s articles focusing on all sports relevant to Oklahomans exclusively at


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