Bob Burke has written more historical non-fiction books (129) than anyone else in history. He was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and now practices law and writes books in Oklahoma City. All his books are about Oklahoma’s incredible history. Four have won the Oklahoma Book Award and three have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Burke graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He was Secretary of Commerce in the administration of Governor David Boren and managed Boren’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1978. As an attorney, Burke is a nationally-recognized expert on workers’ compensation.
Burke’s community service is extensive. He has served on the governing boards of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Historical Society, Native American Cultural Center, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence (founding member), the Jim Thorpe Association (founding member), Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Kiamichi Owa-Chito (founding member), Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Chesapeake Center Oversight Committee (founding member), the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society, Red Earth, the Wiley Post Commission, the Oklahoma Bar Association Judicial Elections Committee, and presidential committees at Oklahoma City University and at the University of Oklahoma where he is an adjunct professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
In 2004, he received the Governor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Arts in Oklahoma. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus at Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma, and was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Regents’ Award at the University of Oklahoma. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Oklahoma City University.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame, and the National College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.
He lives with his wife, Chimene, in Oklahoma City where he practices law and writes books…both fulltime. He also spends substantial time with his six children and ten grandchildren.