Ed Kelley was named dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in March 2016 after serving nearly eight months as interim dean. He is a veteran news executive, coming to OU from Salt Lake City, where he was senior contributing editor at the Deseret News. He also has served as editor of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and The Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City. He has held a variety of other news positions in his career, including that of Washington bureau chief, managing editor and editorial page editor. He was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman's coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He served as a juror to the Pulitzer Prizes in 1998 and was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003.
Kelley has served on the board of directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, is a member of the board of directors of Oklahoma Watch and is a consultant to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Until his appointment as interim dean he was a member of the Board of Visitors of the Gaylord College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OU, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was a recipient of OU’s Regents Alumni Award in 2011 and the journalism program’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. He was presented an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2013 from Oklahoma City University, where he served as commencement speaker. He has traveled twice to Bangladesh as part of a State Department program through the Gaylord College, as well as to Myanmar where he represented a media working group at American University, in Washington. He is a member of the National Press Club and the American Society of News Editors.