Paula Burkes
Business Reporter

A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes
has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Boston. Since February 2001, she’s worked as a business writer for The Oklahoman state newspaper, specializing in personal finance and workplace enterprise stories that have far-reaching effects for readers’ lives. Paula and her teenage daughter, Jessica, live in Edmond, Okla.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Taxing the wealthy won't solve U.S. revenue problems, expert says

    Paula Burkes | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A Washington national tax expert with McGladrey public accounting firm dispelled the still commonly-held belief that millionaires are paying a lower share of taxes than middle class families at an Oklahoma City conference the national firm hosted here last week. Don Susswein shared 2012 tax data showing that married, joint filers with incomes of $200,000 […]

  • Executive Q&A: Edmond architect finds niche in church design, historic preservation work

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Edmond architect Thomas Small went out on his own with the rebuilding of the demolished Journal Record building. His Edmond firm not only specializes in historic preservation work across the state, but also church designs nationwide.

  • Tax experts, others dispel myths, share economic growth at McGladrey summit

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    McGladrey national experts and local development execs share podium at Thursday tax and economics summit.

  • Laptop losses, misdirected faxes and phishing scams can lead to health information breaches

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Phillips Murrah’s Mary Holloway Richard provides medical providers tips for minimizing risk and damages related to health information breaches.

  • Could marijuana grow like casinos in Oklahoma?

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Crowe’s Gerald Jackson discusses a recent Justice Department policy announcement that treats tribal governments as true sovereigns, extending its policy for state marijuana legalization to lands within tribal governments’ jurisdiction, including in Oklahoma.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Are workplaces to blame for our bulging waistlines?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    While Hudiburg Auto Group recently gifted some 350 employees with Fitbit activity trackers to encourage healthier lifestyles, the EEOC this month ruled employers, who are facing skyrocketing health insurance and medical costs, can levy penalties of up to 30 percent of the total contributions for employee-only coverage — to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing […]

  • Scores sleep in the rain Monday night vying for a year of free Mexican food

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Taco Bueno at 2004 S Service Road in Moore promised to gift a dated punch card for 52 weeks of complimentary combo meals to the first 50 customers in line for its grand opening Tuesday morning. Eighty people showed up.

  • Daily Q&A: Oklahoma's financial literacy mandate spurs success stories

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Daily Q&A: Amy Lee, executive director of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, talks about April’s financial literacy month, the state’s financial literacy mandate for high school graduates, and more.

  • Executive Q&A: Gaillardia Country Club general manager is one of youngest in industry

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Christopher R. Watkins has overseen $2 million in capital improvements at Gaillardia Country Club. The club has 700 members, 65 percent of whom are residents of the Gaillardia housing addition. During its spring-summer season, the club employs 120.

  • Oklahoma employers dangle carrots, swing sticks in workplace wellness programs

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    While Midwest City-based Hudiburg Auto Group recently gave Fitbit bracelets to employees to encourage more active lifestyles, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently ruled employers can continue to use financial penalties — of up to 30 percent of the total contributions for employee-only coverage — to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing wellness programs.

  • Air Combat commander visits Tinker's 552nd Air Control Wing in Oklahoma

    BY PAULA BURKES, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, sat down with The Oklahoman on Wednesday to discuss his operations, which include the the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base.

  • Business Q&A with Julianna Deligans

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Hall Estill intellectual property attorney Julianna Deligans discusses the right of publicity.

  • Oklahoma lawsuit seeks to strike down workers' compensation act

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    PartnerSource’s Bill Minick explains why the “Oklahoma Option” is important.

  • Take your kid to work day is everyday for telecommuting columnist

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Business writer Paula Burkes touts Thursday’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” which she considers a funny phenomenon for someone who’s worked from home since her teenage daughter was born.

  • Daily Q&A with Vic Albert: New Oklahoma law allows employers to give preference to veterans

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Conner & Winters’ Vic Albert discusses a new law that gives hiring, promotion and retention preferences to veterans who served on active duty, and the possibility of an unintended, but inevitable, disadvantage to women applicants and employees.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Take Your Kid to Work on Thursday!

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

      Thursday’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is such a funny phenomenon for me, since my eighth-grade daughter basically has been on top of me at work her entire life. I worked a mere five months full-time in The Oklahoman newsroom before adopting Jessica from birth in July 2001. At 42, I […]

  • Executive Q&A: Oklahoma Internet startup executive boasts home-grown work ethic

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Robin Smith, founder and chief operating officer of the Internet sales verification company, made and peddled yarn belts in grammar school, cleaned houses in middle school, worked for fastfood restaurants in high school and later sold radio and cable TV ads and more.

  • Oklahoma-based Green family shares faith foundation for Hobby Lobby success

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    With some 650 Hobby Lobby and affiliated stores across 46 states and 28,000 employees, the Oklahoma-based company last year had more than $3.65 billion in sales.The retailer, in keeping with the strong Christian values of the founding family, is well known for closing on Sundays, offering a minimum wage of now $15.24 per hour and winning at the U.S. Supreme Court a campaign against the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for employers to provide access to the so-called morning-after pill.

  • 'Blurred Lines' case sets possible precedent in music industry

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Crowe’s Tynia Watson says the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” case moves the line of copyright infringement closer to covering the feel, style and rhythm of a song and not just the melody.

  • Weather plan, shelter kits essential during Oklahoma's storm season

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Richard Newberry discusses storm season precautions.