Melissa Howell
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.




  • Outlook 2014: Savvy charities embrace new media

    By MELISSA HOWELL, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Savvy charities are moving from 20th century marketing techniques – direct mail and telemarketing – to new media with push notifications, crowdfunding capabilities and motivational social networking to communicate more efficiently with potential volunteers and donors.

  • Outlook 2014: New app brings Norman United Way closer to patrons

    BY MELISSA HOWELL, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    People who use the services of United Way of Norman or donate to the organization will have an easier way of getting information thanks to a newly launched app.

  • Outlook 2014: Healthcare networks use 'telehealth' technology to better care for patients

    By MELISSA HOWELL, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Healthcare networks have found ways to utilize new communications technologies to improve patient care.

  • Mayo Clinic pairs with tech firm to launch 'Better' app

    Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Better, a consumer health start-up, and Mayo Clinic last week launched a new mobile application that provides tailored Mayo Clinic health information, 24/7 access to the clinic's skilled nurses and a Better personal health assistant who helps simplify and manage people's care.

  • Outlook 2014: Researchers encourage wellness with activity, specialized data

    By MELISSA HOWELL, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Researchers are integrating highly technical monitoring and diagnostic equipment with not-so-technical gaming devices to encourage wellness in children and adolescents, especially those at risk for diabetes.

  • Outlook 2014: Get fit with tech

    By MELISSA HOWELL, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Technology has changed the way we manage our fitness. From providing motivation to measuring progress, social media, wearable tech and high-tech workout devices help keep fitness goals within reach.