Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently about the military and has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Israel and several other countries.

Top Stories

  • Oklahoma war hero facing murder charge released from jail

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Oklahoma Bronze Star-winner Maxx Robinson is accused in the April 1 shooting death of his uncle, Bill J. Cline Jr., during an altercation at Cline’s home in Porter.

  • War hero from Oklahoma faces first-degree murder charge

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Maxx Robinson, 22, a decorated Oklahoma National Guard veteran, is accused of killing Bill J. Cline Jr., 58, during an April 1 altercation at Cline’s home in Porter.

  • Decorated Oklahoma National Guard soldier charged in uncle's shooting death

    By Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    An Oklahoma National Guard soldier decorated for valor in Afghanistan now sits in the Wagoner County jail facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the April shooting death of his uncle. Maxx Robinson, 22, is accused of killing, Bill J. Cline Jr., 58, during an April 1 altercation at Cline’s home in Porter. Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris filed the charges late Monday afternoon in Wagoner County and Robinson was booked into the jail about 10:30 p.m. Monday night on a no-bail warrant. A jail spokesman said Robinson is expected to make an initial court appearance this afternoon.

  • Prescription drugs bill dies in committee

    By Phillip O’Connor and Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Despite an intensive last-minute push by supporters, including Gov. Mary Fallin, who lobbied lawmakers in person and by telephone, a bill intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse failed to win legislative approval Friday. Backers of the measure, which would have required doctors to check an online database before writing narcotic prescriptions, needed the support of nine of the House Public Safety Committee’s 17 members to keep the bill alive. They never got more than six, killing the measure’s chance for passage this year. “I am disappointed the House Public Safety Committee would not even let their colleagues in the Legislature get to vote on a prescription drug monitoring bill,” Fallin said late Friday.

  • Fort Sill soldier convicted of child sexual assault

    By Phil O’Connor, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    LAWTON — Another Fort Sill soldier has been convicted of sexual misconduct with a child, the latest in a spate of such incidents involving personnel at the state’s largest military installation. Authorities accused Pfc. H. Cohen Baker of committing a sex act on a girl between the ages of 12 and 16, sending and soliciting lewd pictures and possessing child pornography. He also was charged with wrongfully using two over-the-counter medications: Coricidin and Dramamine. The incidents occurred in August and September, 2012. Baker, who entered the service in September 2011, served with Headquarters Support Battery, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

  • New Oklahoma law targets prescription drug overdose epidemic

    by Phillip O’Connor, Oklahoman Staff Writer, and Warren Vieth, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    A new requirement will require the Oklahoma medical examiner to report the names of prescription drug overdose victims to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

  • Fort Sill soldier to be confined, discharged for beating girlfriend

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Soldier found guilty after two-day trial.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic


    While much of Oklahoma's enforcement efforts are aimed at drug-seekers, far less effort is dedicated to identifying, investigating and pursuing the problem providers — the doctors who supply the sometimes deadly dosages.

  • Fort Sill soldier convicted in case involving sexual assault of two ex-wives

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Military judge Lt. Col. Patricia H Lewis ordered that Staff Sgt. Jesse J. Solis Jr. be reduced one rank to sergeant and forfeit $3,000 pay.

  • Fort Sill soldier convicted in case involving sexual assault of two ex-wives

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    A Fort Sill soldier was convicted Wednesday of assault consummated by battery in a case in which the alleged victims were his two ex-wives.

  • New commanding general at Fort Sill

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    The Army has announced a new leader for the state’s largest military installation.

  • AP investigation finds inconsistent judgments in military sex crime cases. One involves Oklahoma resident

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    An investigation by the Associated Press finds a wide variance in how the military handles sex crime cases involving U.S.

  • Altus airmen convicted for drinking romp with underage girls

    BY PHILLIP O'CONNOR Enterprise Editor | Updated: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Altus _ Three airmen were convicted in separate courts-martial at Altus Air Force Base last week for supplying underage girls with alcohol, sneaking them onto the base and later lying about it. The charges involved a Sept. 7, 2013 incident in which the airmen, all members of the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, went to an off-base party with girls younger than 18, bought them alcohol and then brought two of the girls back to their base dormitory, where they were later discovered by security forces making routine checks, a base spokeswoman said. Airman 1st Class Franklyn J. Frias, was charged with dereliction of duty for providing alcohol to a minor and bringing the girls into the dormitory against regulations.

  • Oklahoma National Guard soldiers being investigated in nationwide fraud scandal

    Phillip O'Connor | Published: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A program designed to help bolster recruiting efforts by providing financial incentives to National Guard members, retirees and civilians who helped convince people to join the Guard is coming under fire after investigators found that $29 million may have been lost nationwide due to fraud.

  • Is the time of the tank past? Military and industry consider future of battlefield behemoths

    Phillip O'Connor | Published: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    A story from the Washington Post points to a possible tug-of-war between the military and industry over the future of tanks.

  • Bartenders charged for overserving Oklahoma National Guard pilot who was later struck and killed

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    Two vehicles struck Sammy Ford as he walked home from a Tulsa-area bar in September.

  • Venue change for former Fort Sill soldier accused of 2005 murder

    Phillip O'Connor | Published: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    Justin Wayne Green, 32, is on trial in Texas accused of killing fellow soldier Spc.

  • Government opens education benefit complaint line for veterans

    Phillip O'Connor | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    The Feds are looking to help veterans who encounter red tape trying to use their GI Bill benefits.

  • Nuclear missile force cheating scandal widens

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    From the Associated Press  

  • Disgusting accusation involving trailers used to temporarily store soldier remains

    Phillip O'Connor | Published: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    From the Army Times