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: 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 […]

  • Mind Your Own Business: Health insurance deadline one week away

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    You’ve got one week from today to buy health insurance. You must enroll by the final Feb. 15 deadline for coverage beginning March 1. And that goes for policies bought on healthcare.gov or off the exchange. If you don’t sign up by Feb. 15, the next chance you’ll get to buy health insurance will be next fall, unless you get married, […]

  • Displaced oilfield workers in Oklahoma suffer crude oil crunch

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Cheap prices have sparked painful layoffs for hundreds of Oklahoma workers. While most observers believe the energy industry will see improvements by year’s end, economic development professionals say jobs exist now for displaced workers.

  • Mind Your Own Business/Throwback Thursday: Financial elder abuse remains an issue

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    When packing up her office for The Oklahoman‘s move downtown, a former editor this week unearthed a package from a reader sent in October 2012, which I never received. The sender, a woman in Yuma, Colo., had read an article I wrote on financial elder abuse that was published April 4, 2010. A “deadbeat boyfriend” of her 89-year-old […]

  • Executive Q&A: Oklahoma City credit union chief aspires to legacy of integrity

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Texas native Steve Rasmussen, president chief executive of the FAA Credit Union, was lured here by his wife’s Oklahoma connections. His mother-in-law and her four sisters hail from Chickasha.

  • Data security is everyone's issue, attorney says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area attorney Tom Vincent says businesses should have a plan to be followed in the event of a data breach.

  • Oklahoma Department of Rehabilition Services program chief helps disabled find jobs

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    “People with disabilities are entitled to their piece of that American dream, and work is part of that,” says Jason Price, program manager with the state Department of Rehabilitation Services.

  • It's OK to wear a hoodie, lawyer says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Crowe’s Jenna Rader says pending “hoodie bill” wouldn’t affect the average person. It’s aimed at those who intentionally disguise their identity in public places.

  • Oklahoman learns late of canceled health insurance

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    “It ain’t about me; it’s about a lot of people who may not even know yet that they don’t have insurance.” — Oklahoman reader who learned only recently that his health insurance policy was canceled in December because it wasn’t compliant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • 'Safe harbor' elections necessary for many business expenses, Midwest City tax preparers explains

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Midwest City tax preparer discusses changes to 50-year-old regulations regarding business expenses. Action is necessary this year, he said, to avoid an IRS fee to change accounting methods from expensing to depreciating or from depreciation to expense.

  • Executive Q&A: Dell director inspired by servicemen, colleagues

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Kyle Coke, new co-site director for the Dell Oklahoma City Business Center, delayed college to join the Navy Reserve. Military service, he says, is a common thread among the five men he most admires.

  • New tax penalty for not having health insurance subject only to the honor system this year

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Additional forms are required only for taxpayers who bought insurance on the exchange last year and for those filing exemptions to the new law.

  • Customer service is critical to business success

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Better Business Bureau’s Kitt Letcher shares ways businesses can improve their customer services practices.

  • Annual training necessary to curb workplace harassment, attorney says

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Crowe’s Tanya Bryant discusses the ongoing issue of harassment in the workplace, including virtual harassment such as sexting, inappropriate emails and more.

  • Accident interpretation allows workers' comp claimant to sue in state court

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Crowe’s Christina Cupp believes recent ruling potentially exposes employers to being sued in state court for almost any type of accident that occurs at work, regardless of the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act.

  • Oklahoma staffing firm chief predicts continued growth in 2015

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma jobs in greatest demand include mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, Autocad and Solidworks designers, staff accountants, industrial painters, delivery drivers, benefits specialists, software developers and production planners.

  • Executive Q&A: Keystone Foodservice chief says food industry found him

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Josh Sanders, chief executive of the Stillwater-based, family-owned Keystone Foodservice company, grew up in the food industry. His paternal grandparents had a grocery and steakhouse in Pawnee, while he, from age 10, worked alongside his dad in a family-owned ice business.

  • Ethics personified at unique OK Ethics luncheon

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium’s mock trial exemplifies tough ethical decisions.

  • NCAA ruling affects business of collegiate sports

    Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Crowe’s Molly Tolbert discusses recent cases that address fair competition among college athletic programs.




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