Skip Navigation


Betty Boyd

Betty Boyd 1996 Inductee

Betty Boyd was born in 1924 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa Central High School. She has attended college at Iowa State and at the University of Tulsa.

Considered a pioneer in the field of journalism, Boyd made her first television appearance on KOTV in 1955. At this time, there were not many women involved in broadcasting. She continued to broadcast for the next 25 years, becoming a known TV personality in Tulsa.

Boyd left television in 1980 to become the Director of Information Services for Tulsa County Area Vocational-Technical School District, where she stayed for 10 years. Betty wrote the only book in existence about Tulsa television, radio, and print personalities, If I Could Sing, I'd Be Dangerous, in 1983.

Boyd was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 1990 and served until 2000. Beginning her term at age 65, Boyd was the first great-grandmother to serve in the House of Representatives.

She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the American Women in Radio and Television Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. She has received a number of other awards, as well, in journalism and for her legislative work. 

She currently works as a consultant and serves on a number of boards and organizations.

Boyd was married to the late William W. Boyd, Jr.; they have a daughter, Bevelie, and a son, Barry, as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

See also the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project collection.

(Bio current as of 2008)