Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Desk 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.

  • Big names scheduled for new Dallas music-fest on OU-Texas weekend

    Phillip OConnor,news ,local,arts and entertainment | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Food, drinks, fireworks and Weezer will all be part of a music festival announced today that will be held on the Friday night before Oklahoma and Texas square off in the annual tussle in the Cotton Bowl. To learn more about the evening's events, which will be held on the former site of Reunion Arena, check out this story from The Dallas Morning News. http://www.guidelive.

  • See where China is spying in Oklahoma (map)

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NBC News is reporting this morning that it has obtained a secret National Security Agency map identifying more than 600 cyber assaults launched by the Chinese government against U.S. targets, including Google, the government, the military and major defense contractors.

  • Where will the new jail sales tax money go?

    Phillip OConnor,Todd Pendleton | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    An advisory committee recently recommended building a new facility to replace the problem-plagued Oklahoma County jail and paying for it with a county sales tax. The committee recommended that the sales tax not exceed one penny and last not more than five years.

  • Where most of us live in Oklahoma

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Spreading out far and wide?  Not so much in Oklahoma. In fact, we rub shoulders like nobody's business. Almost half of of the state's population resides in just five counties.  See the map below.

  • Earthquake safety tips

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Pick a safe place in each room. Find a place under a piece of sturdy furniture Find a place away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could potentially fall on you. Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs. Hang heavy items, like pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit. Stay indoors during an earthquake until the shaking stops and you are sure that it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs with caution in case there are aftershocks. Do not use elevators. If you are away from your home when an earthquake hits, do not return to your home until authorities say it is safe to do so.

  • Oklahoma teachers accused of sex with students

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Former Edmond Memorial High School band director Cameron Kyle Kedy is just the latest Oklahoma teacher to be accused of having sex with a student.

  • Gov. Fallin declares disaster emergency

    By Phil O' Connor | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday morning issued an executive order declaring a disaster emergency following Wednesday’s storms that caused widespread damage in the Oklahoma City area and elsewhere. The counties included in the declaration are Alfalfa, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Dewey, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Major, McClain and Oklahoma. Other counties may be added as warranted. Under the order, state agencies responding to the disaster can make emergency acquisitions without going through the usual bid procedures. The declaration is also the first step necessary should the state seek federal assistance.

  • Judge convicts Fort Sill soldier of illegally wearing military decorations

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    A high-ranking enlisted soldier at Fort Sill has been convicted of wrongfully wearing a Ranger tab and Pathfinder badge, military awards he had not earned.

  • Seattle balks at elephants' move to OKC

    Phillip O'Connor | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A plan to transfer two endangered elephants from a Seattle zoo to the Oklahoma City Zoo is drawing protests from animal rights activists, the Seattle city council and that city’s leading newspaper. The Woodland Park Zoo announced last month that it would send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City […]