Former KOTV News On 6 Anchor, Hall-Of-Fame Journalist Clayton Vaughn Dies

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, 4:40 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Long-time KOTV News On 6 anchor Clayton Vaughn died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 86.

Vaughn was born in Kansas but raised in Cushing. He started his hall-of-fame career at KWHP (now KUSH) in Cushing, in 1953, when he was still a senior in high school. In 1958, Vaughn came to Tulsa to join KAKC News, where he became news director.

Vaughn joined KOTV as an anchor and reporter in 1964 and was with the station until 1999, but with two key stops in other locales: in the late 1960s at KABC in Los Angeles and in 1978, when he founded one of the most respected television newscasts on the East Coast, the New Jersey Nightly News.

Vaughn ultimately wanted to be in Tulsa.

He retired as anchor in 1997 but stayed on as managing editor before retiring in 1999. Vaughn spent the next several years as executive director for the Tulsa Historical Society, retiring from that in 2006.

Vaughn is a member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

He leaves behind his wife Nancy, four children and seven grandchildren.