Bill Haisten

Bill Haisten (left) and coworker Barry Lewis are writing during the Tournament of Champions at the Mabee Center between Booker T Washington and Carl Albert boys in the semifinals. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World

Years in media: I've been employed by newspapers since my junior year of high school. First published work was a Texas high school football game story. Phillips vs. White Deer.

Why I got into this business: I knew as an elementary school student that I was destined to become a sports writer. I had an ability to write and a passion for sports. I was a voracious reader of newspaper sports sections and magazines.

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Because the end result is information/enlightenment.

What three words describe you: Consistent, connected, informed.

What issue fires you up: Most recently, Oklahoma's terrible performance on compensating and supporting teachers.

Who is a Tulsan you admire: Wayman Tisdale. One of the more interesting, good-hearted and talented people I ever knew.

What is your favorite local hangout: ONEOK Field.

Favorite movie: "Lonesome Dove."

Favorite book: "Bootlegger's Boy."

Favorite quote: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop