About The Author
John A. Small is the Managing Editor and (with Publishers Tom and Mary Lokey) co-founder of the Johnston County Sentinel, a weekly newspaper headquartered in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He came to Tishomingo (his mother’s birthplace) in 1991 and spent the next three and a half years as reporter and columnist for the Johnston County Capital-Democrat. Following a two-year stint as News Editor at the Durant Daily Democrat, he returned to the C-D as News Editor in 1997 and remained there until January of 2018, when the Sentinel was founded. To date his work as a journalist has earned him more than 220 awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the National Newspaper Association, and the Oklahoma Education Association.