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.

  • 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 […]

  • 2014 in review: Top stories with Oklahoma ties

    By Phillip OConnor, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    News headlines from The Oklahoman in 2014.

  • Fort Sill soldier convicted of child porn possession in Oklahoma

    By Phillip O’Connor, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Army Pfc. Jason A Close was convicted of possessing child pornography but was found not guilty of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl several years ago during proceedings this week at Oklahoma’s Fort Sill.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Living with chronic pain, Oklahomans struggle to find a new normal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    More than 76 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and almost half of them receive no treatment.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's overdose death an 'ugly' sight for Oklahoma City man

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    After crawling through a window, Aaron Smoot’s father found him dead in his bedroom, a scene Dwight Smoot described as “ugly” and “devastating.”

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Roland pain clinic attracts patients from far and wide

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, Oklahoma drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's death in cheap motel room haunts, motivates his mother

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Michelle Casson’s son died alone, in a cheap motel room, after he tried unsucessfully to summon paramedics to his room.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Mother blames doctors, pain clinics for daughter%u2019s death

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A back injury six years ago led Carie Marie Simmons into a life of prescription drugs, addiction and, eventually, an early death, her mother says. But Helen Broadbooks, 63, of Lexington, also blames the doctors and pain clinics that treated her daughter, who overdosed and died May 13, 2013.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Profiting from pain

    By Andrew Knittle and Phillip OConnor, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Public officials and experts in the field say allowing non-physician ownership of clinics makes them more difficult to regulate and helps explain why Oklahoma has among the highest prescription drug abuse and overdose death rates in the country.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Disturbances, thefts are common at Oklahoma City clinic

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.