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.


  • Executive Q&A: Specialty pharmacy chief driven by people development

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Jeff Wills, who is president of OptionOne in Oklahoma City, sees a growing need for pharmacies to provide infusion services.

  • UnitedHealth Group may exit Obamacare market in 2017

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    UnitedHealth Group, one of two insurers in Oklahoma’s healthcare.gov marketplace for 2016, said Thursday it may exit the program's exchanges in 2017.

  • Q&A with Jeff Couch: Persons nearing retirement need to have some cash in hand

    Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Jeff Couch, executive vice president of Mariner Wealth, says it would be wise for people to have two to five years' worth of cash on hand before they retire.

  • Q&A with Karen S. Rieger

    Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The Bipartisan Budget Act will affect hospital reimbursements in Oklahoma. Medicare outpatient payment services won't be permitted to bill beginning Jan. 1, but it will instead be reimbursed under other Medicare payment categories.

  • Q&A with Wayne Pettigrew

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

    The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report information.

  • Time to make choices for 2016 health flexible spending plan

    Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Oklahoma business Q&A: Employees can use a type of medical reimbursement plan called a health flexible spending arrangement (FSA). It is a way employees can use tax-free dollars to pay for certain expenses not covered by an employers' health plan -- co-pays, deductibles, dental, prescriptions, hearing aids and glasses.

  • Executive Q&A: Federal judge left bench to position Oklahoma City University in city's renaissance

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Robert Harlan Henry is president of Oklahoma City University and former Oklahoma attorney general.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Many state companies have zero female board members

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Just in time for a breakfast forum on Thursday in Oklahoma City on the topic, a Boston-based non-profit last week released a report showing gains by women on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies. Women now hold slightly fewer than 19 percent of board seats, according to the 2015 Gender Diversity Index (GDI) released Thursday by 2020 Women on Boards, which aims to increase the percentage of women on boards to 20 percent by the year 2020. Of 17 Oklahoma companies listed on 2020's gender diversity directory, four already have hit or surpassed the 20 percent goal, while six have zero women on their boards. Females represent 31 percent of the board of Williams Companies Inc.

  • Q&A with Mary P. Snyder

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    This year is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and some employers find it hard to understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to employees with disabilities, especially those with mental disabilities.

  • Fate of Obama’s immigration order is left up to Supreme Court

    Published: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Vance Winningham, an immigration attorney with Winningham, Stein & Basey, talks about President Obama's executive order, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.

  • Some rewards cards carry high interest rates

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Q&A with Becky Franklin

  • Mind Your Own Business: Survey shows more employers recruiting vets

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    While federal labor reports show unemployment is higher than national rates for some veterans (especially those 25 and younger), more employers are recruiting vets than last year, surveys show. According to Chicago-based CareerBuilder, 38 percent of employers are recruiting vets, up from 33 percent in 2014. Moreover, 47 percent of employers report hiring a veteran in the past year, compared with 44 percent in 2014. And, 69 percent said they'd choose a vet over a civilian candidate if they were equally qualified. Despite the growth in hiring, veterans are considerably less content with their jobs than last year, CareerBuilder found.

  • Employers stepping up efforts to recruit veterans, survey shows

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    While federal labor reports show unemployment is higher than national rates for some veterans (especially those 25 and younger), more employers are recruiting vets now than last year, surveys show.

  • Q&A with Donna Miller

    PAULA BURKES BUSINESS WRITER | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Donna Miller is president of the Oklahoma chapter of Women Presidents' Organization and owner and principal of Executive Resource Center LLC.

  • Executive Q&A: EOG Resources manager in OKC empowers people

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Tony Maranto, general manger of EOG Resources' Oklahoma City offices, discusses ways he likes to empower his employees to make working at EOG Resources fun and rewarding.

  • BOK chief credits diversification for top 10 showing

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Ranked No. 10 on this year’s Oklahoma Inc. list, BOK Financial, parent company of Bank of Oklahoma and six other regional banks, generates half of its revenue through fee-based services. President and CEO Steven G. Bradshaw credits that diversification for much of the financial company’s success.

  • Publicly-traded banks surge to chart's top third

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    The state’s three publicly-traded financial companies advanced 12 to 26 notches to the top third of this year’s Oklahoma Inc. chart of the state’s 40 publicly-traded companies.

  • Q&A with Brandon Long

    PAULA BURKES BUSINESS WRITER | Updated: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    Federal budget deal repeals controversial piece of Obamacare

  • Event aims to increase number of women on corporate boards

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    Several Oklahoma City women executives are hosting a breakfast and forum 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, to dovetail with 2020 Women on Boards’ fourth annual national conversation on board diversity.

  • Q&A with Kitt Letcher

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma is warning Oklahomans to be cautions about Rancher’s Pride, a food manufacturer and distributor specializing in meat.





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