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.

  • The next ice bucket challenge? Video

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has challenged people to record themselves dancing to help raise money for kids and families dealing with pediatric cancer. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority recently took up the challenge and produced a memorable video. The health care authority then called out the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to show their stuff.

  • Oklahoma Counties with highest and lowest median-household incomes

    Phillip OConnor | Yesterday

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  • Former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips charged with killing cellmate

    Phillip OConnor | Yesterday

    Former Nebraska and NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged in California with the April death of his prison cellmate.

  • Marco Rubio coming to OKC Wednesday

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will be in Oklahoma City Wednesday to speak to energy industry executives, his campaign announced. Rubio will speak at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association at 500 NE 4 Street. The latest survey of Republican primary voters showed Rubio trails frontrunner Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the GOP nod, according to Public Policy Polling.  In Oklahoma City, Rubio plans to discuss his energy policy. On his campaign website, Rubio calls for "eliminating government-imposed barriers to energy production and economic growth.

  • Sen. McCain expresses concern about KC-46 tanker delays

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Defense News is reporting that Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter last week to the Pentagon's top official expressing worries that the Air Force's next generation aerial refueling tanker might not be delivered on time. The new KC-46 Pegasus will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base and flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force Base. Boeing is scheduled to deliver the first planes to Altus in 2017, but the project has suffered flight test delays and other setbacks.

  • Watch Syrian fighters assault a village

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The Washington Post offers up a video that shows Syrian rebels assaulting Syrian Army positions in Idlib province, Syria, offering a glimpse of modern warfare in this conflict-torn country.

  • Air Force reviewing production schedule for troubled tanker

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The secretary of the Air Force wants to review the testing schedule of the KC-46 aerial tanker to make sure the first of the aircraft remain on track for an August 2017 delivery. DefenseNews reports that Secretary Deborah Lee James said earlier this week that "the margin in the schedule is all but gone at this point." Test problems and other delays, have slowed progress on the project, but Boeing officials continue to express confidence that the first 18 combat-ready aircraft will be delivered on time. Altus Air Force Base will serve as the formal training unit for the KC-46A, known as the Pegasus. Plans call for 18 of the aircraft to eventually be housed at the base.

  • The McWhopper: Burger King asks McDonald's to team up

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Burger King ran full-page ads in The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday asking rival McDonald's to team up for one day to operate one restaurant where they would serve a combination of the two chains' best-selling burgers _ the Whopper and the Big Mac. No word on whose fries will be served.

  • 4-year-old shows off epic bat flip

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Sure, Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig might have nearly cold-cocked our hometown baseball hero, Matt Kemp, last year with his toss of the bat. But for sheer style, check out this video posted by United Baseball Parents of America and the way this 4-year-old disposes of the lumber.

  • See a view of OKC from space

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Kjell Lindgren, an astronaut currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station, posted this photograph of Oklahoma City today on his Twitter page. To see Kjell's Twitter page go here: https://twitter.

  • Man to remove patio made from military headstones

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    An Ozark County, Mo., man who made a patio and staircase out of what appeared to be the headstones of military veterans has said he will remove them. The handiwork caused outrage when a Navy veteran posted photographs of the arranged pavers on a Facebook page last week. According to a report in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the man said he retrieved the discarded military headstones from a landfill.

  • Meet the first two women to graduate Army Ranger School

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver are the first two women to complete what many consider one of the toughest combat training courses in the world, the United States Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. Read more about them and their accomplishment in this Washington Post Story: https://www.washingtonpost.

  • The cost of 14 years of military operations? Report offers chilling numbers on American casualties.

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    A recently released report by the Congressional Research Service offers extensive details on American casualty figures, both civilian and military, from the period of 2000 to July, 2015. The report also includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and amputations. Here are some of the numbers: [pagebreak] Number of dead: 6,855 [pagebreak] Number of wounded: 52,251 [pagebreak]   Cases of post-traumatic stress disorder: 177,461* *Covers period from 2000(no month given) to June, 2015. [pagebreak]   Cases of  traumatic brain injury: 327,299* *Covers period from 2000(no month given) to June, 2015.

  • Veterans' headstones used as patio pavers?

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting on an Ozark County, Mo., property where what appear to be the headstones of military veterans were used to make a patio and staircase, a move that outraged many.

  • Pentagon: Setbacks shouldn't delay new Air Force tanker's Oklahoma arrival

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Despite testing mishaps, parts failures and missed target dates, the Pentagon' top procurement official  still believes Boeing can deliver, on time, the next generation of aerial-refueling planes, some of which will be based at Altus Air Force Base and all of which will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base. Aviation Week quoted procurement chief Frank Kendall saying at a recent press conference that he still expected the company to deliver 18 combat-ready KC-46A Pegasus aircraft by August 2017 as required by the contract.  The program calls for delivery of 179 tankers by 2027. http://aviationweek.

  • Seven Oklahoma politicians who ran afoul of the law

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    No doubt, the history of political shenanigans in Oklahoma is long and colorful. A 2014 study by researchers at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong ranked Oklahoma the 11th most corrupt state in America. Even in pre-statehood days, corruption was evident in the mistreatment of Indians, according to state historian Arrell Morgan Gibson, who wrote that the process by which they were "ruthlessly uprooted to make way for the white settlers, ranks with the tragedies of the ages." The state's first governor, Charles Haskell, got caught up in scandal and had to resign as treasurer of the national Democratic Party for mishandling funds and collusion with the Standard Oil Company.

  • Where most of us live in Oklahoma

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 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.

  • Ted Cruz coming to OKC

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be stopping in Oklahoma City Thursday as part of his #CruzCountry Bus Tour. Cruz will be joined by Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, for the "Boots and BBQ Lunch" which is scheduled for noon Thursday at the COHBA Events Center, 430 E Britton Road. For more details, go to: More stories about Cruz and Bridenstine: http://newsok.

  • Suspended former anchor Brian Williams getting back on air

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    CNN Money is reporting that Brian Williams, the former "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor who was suspended without pay after he admitted embellishing his overseas exploits, will be working at MSNBC. See the full CNN Money story here: http://money.cnn.

  • Five highest-paid Oklahoma City school district Administrators

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    As head of the 46,500-student Oklahoma City school district, Superintendent Rob Neu is paid on a par with Oklahoma City City Manager Jim Couch. Neu oversees 5,083 employees and a budget that exceeds $600 million. Couch manages 4,743 city employees and a $1.2 billion municipal budget. For their service, school board members receive $25 per meeting, not to exceed $100 per month. Here are the top five Oklahoma City school district salaries:   No.