Wilbert Wiggs, a Daily Ardmoreite reporter for the past 11 years who used to joke that he was “the oldest cub reporter in Oklahoma,” has announced his retirement after 58 years as a journalist.


Wilbert Wiggs, a Daily Ardmoreite reporter for the past 11 years who used to joke that he was “the oldest cub reporter in Oklahoma,” has announced his retirement after 58 years as a journalist.


Wiggs, 80, worked his last day for the newspaper Thursday. But he’s not hanging up his computer keyboard. He will still be doing some freelance work for the paper. His plans for retirement include “Absolutely nothing and enjoying every minute of it,” Wiggs said with a laugh. “I will be doing part-time work with The Ardmoreite.”


Kim Benedict, Ardmoreite publisher, said, “Wilbert has been a valued part of the Ardmoreite landscape for a lot of years. His dedication to quality journalism and his ability to tell a story have resulted in a loyal reader base. I’m appreciative of the work he’s done for us and know that both our staff, and our readership, will miss him.”


Managing Editor Jeff Hall said Wiggs has had a career “that few journalists can ever hope to equal.


“He has done outstanding work for us in the past, and I am happy he has agreed to still do some part-time work for The Ardmoreite,” Hall said. “He will be missed.”


Wiggs began his 58-year newspaper career in Holdenville. He also worked for newspapers in Muskogee, Wewoka, Duncan, Madill and Abilene, Texas. He spent time as reporter and editor in Okmulgee and was managing editor in Mustang.


He moved to Lone Grove in 1987 and started working for The Daily Ardmoreite in 1996. He still lives in Lone Grove with his daughter.