Melissa Howell
News Presentation Custom Publishing Editor

Melissa Howell is a 1987 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Following graduation she moved to Kansas City and began working for The Lenexa News, a small suburban weekly. In 1988, she went at the Kansas City Star as a reporter and news clerk.

From 1990 to 1992, she lived in Munich, Germany where she freelanced for an English-language magazine and served as assistant to the dean of the University of Maryland, Munich Campus.

In 1993, she returned to the U.S. and bought a small weekly newspaper in Sterling, Kan. The newspaper was sold in 1997. She was public relations director for The Aegis Companies, St. Gregory’s University and Feed The Children from 1997 to 2005 when she joined The Oklahoman and currently serves as niche publications editor.

  • Prairie gardens are growing on Oklahomans

    By Melissa Howell Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2016

    “Landscapers want to bring in foreign plants and adapt our soil to what (these plants) need. Why?” said Bill Farris, owner and operator of Prairie Wind Nursery in Norman, who was one of four experts recently at the Myriad Botanical Garden’s Oklahoma Gardening School. The annual event focused on “The New Prairie Garden.”

  • Alzheimer's care center opens in south Oklahoma City, uses seal robot to help patients

    By Melissa Howell Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 1, 2016

    Staff at a newly opened Legend at Rivendell Memory Care in Oklahoma City say they hope a therapeutic robot named Molly will significantly reduce the amount of depression and anxiety medication their patients will have to take. Molly, a 6-pound baby Harp seal automaton, is a Food and Drug Administration-approved biofeedback device and the first of her kind in Oklahoma.

  • A little old, a little new and a lot of feminine texture make up 2016’s bridal trends

    By Melissa Howell Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Bridal trends for this year offer both new looks and a return to nostalgic designs, say Oklahoma City bridal boutique owners Jane Kelly of JJ Kelly, 12325 N May Ave., and designer Meg Guess of Meg Guess Couture Bridal & Boutique, 7941 N May Ave.

  • Crossings Christian School students' assignment bridges generation gap in Oklahoma City

    By Melissa Howell Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Randy Baker, an English teacher at Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City, is helping his students bridge the generation gap by putting a face and a life story to history’s account of the mid-20th century. As an assignment, Baker asked his senior class to partner with residents of Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City to write their life histories.