Phone: 918-443-2428
Street Address: 109 S. Maple Street, Downtown Oologah
Mailing Address: PO Box 1175, Oologah OK 74053-1175
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The Oologah Lake Leader is Oklahoma’s most honored community newspaper. It has been named the best midsize weekly newspaper 16 times in the past 28 years by the Oklahoma Press Association. The Leader was founded in 1982 by J. R. Haney and shortly thereafter sold to John and Faith Wylie who owned it since 1984. Dr. Maria Laubach has owned and operated The Leader since 2017. The newspaper covers Oologah, Talala and northwest Rogers County.




Maria Laubach Noble, Ph.D has been a manager and publisher of small community newspapers since 2013. In 2014 she was ap­pointed a trustee to Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and last year was elected to be the vice president of the Founda­tion. Noble served on Education and Advertising Commit­tees with the Oklahoma Press Association. She became the publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader in 2017. She oversees newspaper layout and design and fills in as needed in other daily operations.


Carolyn EstesLeader marketing director, is a national expert in using newspapers in schools. She created the award-winning feature “For the Kid in You” for the Leader’s NIE program. The feature is now nationally syndicated. She has also written three serials children’s stories for the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation. She was the Leader’s news editor before taking over advertising and marketing duties, where she has set new records for advertising sales.
Phone 918-443-2428
Cell 918-559-9556


Tim Carman, has been with the Oologah Lake Leader since 1998. Carman started out as a distribution manager and soon thereafter developed interests to photography. Carman has shot for the Leader for years taking pictures of accidents, fires, nature, local events and sports. In the past two years Carman’s main focus has been on sports photography. His skills have been recognized by a number of Oklahoma Press Association pho­tography awards including first place in Oklahoma Better Newspaper Contest in 2015. Carman has been a long-term Oologah resident and a graduate of Oologah-Talala schools.


Tom Fink, Leader editor and reporter, brings his over 20 years of experience covering news in Rogers County to the Oologah Lake Leader. Fink joined the Oologah Lake Leader staff last year.

“I’m very happy to be a part of the Oologah Lake Leader,” said Fink. He’s since covered much of the community, people, Oologah-Talala Schools, businesses and other stories. Fink graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, with a B.A. in Jour­nalism, and prior to joining Oologah Lake Leader team was senior staff writer with the Claremore Daily Progress.

Cell 918-344-3389 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays & Tuesdays)


Oologah Lake Leader


109 S. Maple Street, Downtown Oologah
PO Box 1175, Oologah OK 74053-1175
Phone: 918-443-2428
Fax: 918-443-2429