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.


  • Proliferation of mobile devices complicates overtime pay issues

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

    Cori H. Loomis of Christensen Law Group discusses the consequences of employees' use of technology outside of work.

  • Executive Q&A: No obstacle too high for lifelong disability advocate now helping others in Oklahoma

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The son of Spanish-speaking farmhands, Joe Cordova, chief of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, overcame much more than inherited blindness to build a career in helping disabled individuals work and live independently.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Respecting the civil rights of our nation's largest minority

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    I have a good friend in Boston who was hit by a car while jogging, spent four months in a coma and has walked with a crutch since she awoke, rehabbed and rejoined the living. Deborah, a former Boston Marathoner and mother of two, once ranted about able-bodied persons' disgraceful use of the often sole wheelchair-accessible stalls in bathrooms. Her words have stuck with me but, I admit, I've cheated over the years -- sashaying too many times into the roomier restrooms. No longer! The temporary inaccessibility of accessible facilities was a common refrain among the Oklahomans I interviewed for the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Q&A with Tim Hast: Expert listeners grasp four skills

    By PAULA BURKES Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Tim Hast, principal of Edmond-based Encore Life Skills, offers four skills that separate experts from novices when it comes to listening.

  • Half of Americans can’t qualify for affordable loan rates

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

    Half of Americans can’t qualify for affordable loan rates Gary Myles of Arvest Bank tells how consumers can begin to change their credit history, and ultimately raise their credit scores.

  • New rule further limits health plan's out-of-pocket expenses

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    McAfee's Jim Prince talks about the federal government's recent clarification regarding how out-of-pocket maximums should be calculated, beginning in 2016, for health plans.

  • Q&A with Richard Newberry

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    More than $56M lost in burglaries in 2013 across Oklahoma, OSBI says  Q: How common are burglaries in Oklahoma? A: Residential burglaries accounted for 79 percent of burglaries in 2013 with a total loss of more than $56 million, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice says the majority of home break-ins occur during the popular vacation months of July and August. Perhaps the most important tip to remember in our digital age is to resist the temptation to post your vacation plans and activities on social media, since broadcasting your absence can make your house a target.

  • Mind Your Own Business: A callback for breast cancer

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    If you missed my earlier blog and column on three-dimensional mammography, I want to make sure you know about the latest technology for detecting breast cancer and Monday's deadline to lobby your insurance company to cover it. Doctors agree that 3D mammograms are superior to 2D mammograms. Studies show they reduce unnecessary, and stressful, callbacks by 40 percent and, more importantly, detect 41 percent more invasive cancers. If radiologists find cancers when they're micro calcifications, cure rates rise significantly. The medical director of Mercy Women's Health Center says this:  "Of all the improvements in mammography over the years, this is the first time that there has been a measurable

  • Q&A with Robin L. Byford

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Certified public accountant discusses the benefits of using their services, particularly in light of recent economic conditions.

  • Court ruling in California could affect Uber drivers in Oklahoma

    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Crowe's Adam Childers discusses case in which Uber driver was classified as an employee.

  • Marriage equality means changes for employee benefit plans

    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Last week's Supreme Court ruling determined there will be standardization across the nation for how employers treat employees for spousal benefits. Same-sex spouses now will receive the same benefits.

  • What is a stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement and why is it subject to the penalty?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Q&A with Blaine M. Peterson: What is a stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement and why is it subject to the penalty?

  • Executive Q&A: Entrepreneur dredges up a treasure trove of opportunity

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Hunter Magness owns Edmond-based Junk Boss, which hauls away customers’ unwanted stuff, and donates, recycles or disposes of it.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Would you give up regular showers for a little extra cash?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    What would you give up for a little extra cash? A survey released last week found 25 percent in the South are willing to give up air conditioning, while 30 percent would sacrifice their smartphone for six months. Almost two-thirds said they'd give up the Internet for a month in exchange for an extra $1,000 to their savings account, and one-fourth even said they'd give up regular showers for an increase in savings. The results are based on an online survey of 2,000 adult Americans conducted May 29 through June 3 by Toluna’s Multimind for McLean, Va.-based Capitol One. While 54 percent of Americans report they feel happy when they save money, 28 percent said they always or very often spend their savings.

  • Proposed rules could extend overtime to millions of workers

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    McAfee's Paul Ross discusses Department of Labor's proposal to increase overtime.

  • Finance expert compares Greece's economy to that of Oklahoma

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Troy E. Jones, a certified public planner and chief executive of Access Financial Resources Inc., discusses why we should care about the financial crisis in Greece.

  • Women need latest technology for prevention of breast cancer

    By Paula Burkes Business Writerpburkes@oklahoman.com   | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Studies show 3-D mammograms can find 41 percent more invasive cancers and significantly improve cure rates through earlier detection. But most private insurers have yet to cover it.

  • Q&A with Vic Albert

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The right to religious expression is at the crux of recent court rulings, says expert Vic Albert, partner-attorney with Conner & Winter.

  • Moore jeweler displays multifaceted skills in more than 21 years of service as mayor

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    When President Bill Clinton’s staff phoned Moore mayor and jeweler Glenn Lewis after the May 3, 1999, tornado, Lewis hung up on him — twice.

  • Many observers think Obamacare ruling will prove to be detrimental to business

    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Both the Oklahoma State and Greater Oklahoma City chambers chose not to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to allow federal tax subsidies to stand for lower-income families who buy health insurance through healthcare.gov. Meanwhile, a Stilwell businessman and Oklahoma City insurance broker said the decision is bad news for businesses.





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