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.

  • Q&A with Brian Maughan: Students for SHINE in Oklahoma County is growing by 25% annually

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    SHINE founder Brian Maughan discusses the huge success of the 5-year-old cleanup program for neighborhoods.

  • Mind Your Own Business: And the Oscar goes to ... equal pay for women!

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    “Boyhood” didn’t live up to its touting for me, when I saw it on Netflix several weeks ago. But Patricia Arquette’s bit about equal pay for women in America, in her Oscar acceptance speech last night, was a hit. Though, we live in 2015, pay inequality still very much exists. A full-time working woman in […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: Watch out for Caller ID 'spoofing' scams

    Paula Burkes | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    There’s a Caller ID scam called ‘spoofing’ that apparently has been growing in Oklahoma over the past year. Unscrupulous telemarketers and bill collectors, even identity thieves, are deliberately falsifying their Caller ID information, to increase the likelihood that the people being called will answer. If your own phone number, or one similar to it, shows […]

  • Oklahoma Legal Aid attorney warns of 'spoofing' caller ID scam

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Oklahoma Legal Aid attorney Richard Goralewicz discusses a form of identity theft called “spoofing.” To disguise their identities, unscrupulous telemarketers can deliberately falsify their caller ID information, stealing the names and numbers of innocent consumers.

  • Analysis crucial when hiring workers with criminal records

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Crowe’s Mary Snyder discusses anti-discriminatory and other guidelines for hiring employees with past convictions.

  • Employee feedback must be timely, honest and respectful, Edmond expert says.

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Edmond business coach Tim Hast discusses how to offer effective feedback to employees.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Coopetition? That's a new one for me

    Paula Burkes | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

      My former colleague Jim Stafford, a regular Oklahoman contributor, on Facebook this morning posted a new list of 30 business buzzwords we all should stop using. “Coopetition” was a new one for me. Guess it means cooperative competition, which is sort of an oxymoron isn’t it? The writer justly commented that working with other […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: If you're using this Snow Day to do your tax return, avoid these 8 mistakes

    Paula Burkes | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    If you’re home-bound with the weather today and plan to tackle your taxes, watch out for these eight mistakes. They’re the most common, according to a report last tax season by the IRS. * wrong or missing Social Security numbers; * names wrong or misspelled; * filing status errors; * math mistakes; * errors in […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: Today last chance to buy health insurance

    Paula Burkes | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Today is the final deadline to buy health insurance this year. You must enroll by 11:59 p.m. for coverage beginning March 1. And that goes for policies bought on or off — the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare exchange. If you don’t sign up for health insurance by Sunday, the next chance you’ll […]

  • Oklahoma City Dunkin' Donuts employee celebrates 45-year work anniversary

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Pam Gibson, 66, celebrated 45 years with Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday. She started as a doughnut finisher and progressed to management.

  • Switch manufacturer predicts more 'rockin' rocket' products

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    A 1977 University of Oklahoma electrical engineering graduate, David Posey today is leading the reed switch manufacturing company his parents started from their home in Chickasha 47 years ago. Today, HSI Sensing employs 200 and weekly ships 50,000 to 100,000 custom-made parts worldwide.

  • Certain assessments are inappropriate for hiring, succession planning, expert says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Human relations professional Gayla Sherry discusses the various uses of assessments, from prescreening aids to leadership development.

  • Oklahomans have until Sunday to buy insurance for this year

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Sunday is the final deadline for Oklahomans to buy health insurance for this year, including policies bought on or off

  • Mind Your Own Business: 'Microsoft technician' scammers are at it again

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    I just got a call on my home phone in southeast Edmond  from “Michelle,” who sounded Middle Eastern and identified herself as a “Microsoft certified technician” — before I hung up on her. I already know from a BBB alert issued in August that it’s a scam. She’s a swindler who would have offered to […]

  • Companies may need debt restructuring with oil and gas downturn

    By PAULA BURKES, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Will Hoch, director of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Oklahoma City office, discusses when companies need to consider some sort of debt restructuring.

  • Some women want life insurance for Valentine's Day

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    This Valentine’s Day, 40 percent of women wish their sweetheart had life insurance, according to a survey by the Life Insurance and Market Research Association. John Wiscaver, of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, explains why life insurance is a good idea.

  • Mind Your Own Business: This Valentine's Day, think twice about dating a co-worker

    Paula Burkes | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

      According to the results of a Harris Poll online survey released last year about this time, the office may be a good place to find one’s valentine. Of 3,008 adults who work full time at various types and sizes of private companies nationwide, 38 percent reported dated someone who works for the same company. Of those, […]

  • Free service alerts beneficiaries to life insurance money in Oklahoma

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak discusses the Lost Life Policy Locator Service.

  • Executive Q&A: Oil patch veteran to lead new SandRidge spinoff

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Kevin Clement, who’s worked with Koch Industries and SemGroup Corp., is leading the effort to turn SandRidge Energy’s saltwater gathering operations into its own publicly-traded company.

  • Mind Your Own Business/Attention federal employees: Don't overpay your Oklahoma taxes

    Paula Burkes | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Some retired federal employees of Tinker Air Force Base, the U.S. Postal Service or the Veterans Health Administration who paid into the old Civil Service Retirement System inadvertently could be paying state taxes that they don’t owe. Since the 2011 tax year, Oklahoma excludes from state taxes 100 percent of what those federal retirees paid […]