Robert L. Haught and Mary W. Haught
Robert L. Haught
Editor & Publisher
Robert L. (Bob) Haught has a background of more than 50 years in journalism, government and politics. A former UPI correspondent in Oklahoma City, he was a top aide to two Oklahoma governors – Henry Bellmon and Dewey Bartlett. He went to Washington, D.C. in 1969 after Bellmon was elected to the U.S. Senate. He served as Bellmon’s press secretary and later administrative assistant for his two terms, then headed the staff of Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias of Maryland for eight months before returning to writing.
As founder of Haught Associates, he published two newsletters and provided editorial services to a wide variety of clients. In 1987 he became the first Washington-based editorial writer for The Oklahoman, his home state newspaper. He created “Potomac Junction,” an op-ed page political humor column, in 1989 and continued writing it until December, 2007. His observations of three presidential administrations during that 18-year period provided the material for a timely election year book, “The POTUS Chronicles: Bubba Between the Bushes.”
Haught also is the author of “Now, I’m No Expert on Cats and Other Mysteries of Life” as well as two novels, “Here’s Clare” and “Clare’s New Leaf.”
The retired but still active writer was recognized for his achievements by induction into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001. He served as an officer and member of the board of directors of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and was presented the NSNC Legacy Award recognizing his service in 2016. Haught is a Korean War veteran, a Presbyterian Church elder and a University of Oklahoma football fan. He and his wife Mary live on a farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Mary W. Haught
Co-publisher, Copy Editor & Staff Writer
With a background in corporate communications, Mary W. (Mary) Haught has employed her skills in oral and written communication in various endeavors involving organizational leadership, project development and public relations.
She joined Sun Oil Co. at its Philadelphia headquarters following graduation from Queens College at Charlotte, N.C. During her employment with this international energy corporation, she performed a variety of functions. She wrote articles for the company magazine, worked with photographers and graphic designers and helped prepare annual reports.
During the latter part of her career, Mary held a key staff role in Sun’s government relations office in Washington, D.C. In her role as Washington Representative, she served as coordinator for SUNPAC, the company’s political action committee. In this capacity, she worked closely with a wide number of contacts in congressional offices, national political committees and the White House. She arranged special events and was Sun’s liaison with Ford’s Theatre, which produced “A Christmas Carol” for more than 20 years with the company’s financial support.
In retirement she has maintained an active schedule of garden club and other community activities. She enjoys cooking and entertaining, gardening, travel and many other interests.