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.



Top Stories


  • nDepth: Greed, collusion lead to Osage murders

    BY MELISSA HOWELL | Updated: Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    It's the 1920s and oil production in the Osage Nation is at a peak. The tribe's wealth has become legendary. But along with its bounty, sorrow and fear will paralyze the Osage Nation in the coming years, during an era the tribe now calls “The Reign of Terror.”

  • Mind-body therapies benefit cancer patients

    BY MELISSA HOWELL | Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Mind-body therapy and other complementary approaches to cancer treatment are becoming mainstream.

  • Cherokees' 1885 Thanksgiving proclamation draws questions

    MELISSA HOWELL email@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Nov 28, 2013

    Curious language within an 1885 Cherokee Thanksgiving Day proclamation has led at least one historian to speculate about its underlying intentions.

  • Does your DNA have an appetite for certain foods?

    BY MELISSA HOWELL mhowell@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    In the near future, a balanced diet could involve individually tailoring nutrition based on a person's genetic makeup. Cancer Treatment Centers of America therapies include nutrition evaluation.