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Longtime Arlington columnist, publisher O.K. Carter to retire

ARLINGTON — Longtime Star-Telegram columnist and Arlington community publisher O.K. Carter announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of next week after nearly 40 years in the newspaper business.

Carter, who developed a reputation as an Arlington historian and is known for his rapier wit, especially when directed at local elected officials, said he has loved his job, but it's time for change.

"I'm OK with the Internet, but when you get down to it, I like inky words on paper," he said. "If you're going to be involved in the media, it should be with something that smudges."

Carter joined the Arlington Citizen-Journal in 1972 and has received close to 100 journalism awards during his career.

Through his opinion columns and editorials, he has helped shape city policy and helped guide voters at the polls through endorsements of more than 1,000 candidates throughout the years.

"O.K. Carter has been 'Mr. Arlington' to us at the Star-Telegram and in the community," said Jim Witt, senior vice president and editor. "From working as general manager at the old Citizen-Journal to his current position as columnist and publisher of the Star-Telegram in Arlington, O.K. has been a constant on the media landscape for nearly 40 years. He has been a wonderful journalist and friend to me for more than two decades, and we'll miss his opinionated take on things. Like any columnist, he was both loved and hated – but everybody read him!"