John E. Hoover
writer, broadcaster, photographer


Sooner Spectator magazine

Lindy's Sports Annuals magazines

Tulsa World newspaper

John was an award-winning sports writer for 24 years at "Oklahoma's Greatest Newspaper" from 1992-2016. He edited copy, was the lead designer, covered Arkansas, ORU, the NFL, OSU and OU football before he was promoted to the World's lead sports columnist. Among the dozens of awards John received: national beat writer of the year, Oklahoma's best sports column and excellence in sports medicine reporting.

John has been lead feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine since 2004. Sooner Spectator publishes 10 times a year and offers the most complete coverage of all University of Oklahoma sports. Owned and operated by Redzone Publishing and edited by long-time Sooners insider Jay Upchurch, Sooner Spectator is the comprehensive publication for Sooner football.

Since 2006, John has previewed the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University football teams for Lindy's Sports Annuals, and since 2012 has anchored the magazine's national Big 12 coverage. Founded and published by Lindy Davis, Lindy's Sports Annuals entered the summer preview magazine scene in 1982 and quickly became a leading authority on college football.

John covers Big 12 Conference fooball and basketball for Sporting News, America's oldest sports publication. Find John's Sporting News library at


John also is Featured Columnist for VYPE High School Sports Magazine, Oklahoma's leading authority on high school sports.

Sporting News


After 30 years in the newspaper business, John shifted to a career in radio, and wrote sports columns at, focusing on the Oklahoma Sooners, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also writing about the Big 12 Conference, the NFL, high school athletes, Olympians and more. John continued his respected journalism career by shedding unique insights and biting opinions at .


John also co-hosted sports radio talk shows -- "Further Review with Hoover and Rew" every weekday in Tulsa and later co-hosted "The Franchise Drive with John Hoover and Colby Powell" each weekday in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. 


John also has fulfilled a lifelong dream by writing for Sporting News, where he covers the Big 12 Conference.

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