John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-years of experience in radio news and has served as News Director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas.  He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City, early in his career. He is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa Communications Director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

Durkee has won countless awards for his work as a broadcaster, including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, United Press International, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma and Missouri Association of Broadcasters.

He is a past board member of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, the Kansas Association of News Broadcasters and the former Tulsa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He resides in Bixby with his wife, Carol.

 

 

Ways To Connect

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin responds to low energy prices and the impact on state budgets.
  • A TU experts discusses the Virginia TV shootings.
  • Senator Inhofe pulls no punches in his verbal assault on the Obama Administration.

In the local news:

  • City leaders discuss police and fire overtime expenses.
  • No bond for Christian Costello.
  • A Sand Springs fire leaves one woman dead.

In the local news:

  • The death of Labor Commissioner Costello points up the need for more mental health programs in Oklahoma.
  • The Oklahoma teacher shortage seems to be growing.
  • Another Native American Adoption fight may be brewing.

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma Labor Commissioner is murdered in OKC.
  • The price of oil continues its drop.
  • Water line break closes 41st Street at Sandusky.

In the local news:

  • Owasso State Senator Rick Brinkley admits to stealing $1.8 million. He resigns from the legislature immediately.
  • A cash crisis may be ahead for the Creek Nation.
  • A Tulsa County resident comes down with West Nile.

In the local news:

  • ACT tests will be free for Oklahoma High School Juniors this year.
  • Charges are expected to be announced today against an Owasso State Senator.
  • A gun range guard accidently shoots himself.

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett delivers his state of the city address.
  • Iron Gate is moving to 3rd and Peoria.
  • The oil price decline is making state budgeters nervous.

In the local news:

  • Suspects wanted for the murder of a Sapulpa Police Officer are arrested.
  • The Tulsa Grand Jury hears from the former undersheriff.
  • The Tulsa volley-ball courts will stay in the park.

In the local news:

  • Space is still available in Tulsa Early Childhood Education programs.
  • A Sapulpa Police Lt is shot and killed in Midwest City.
  • A Tulsa Officer is shot in the leg. The suspect commits suicide.
Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Tribal leaders gather in Tahlequah to take the oath of office. Principal Bill John Baker, the Deputy Chief and Tribal Council members were all sworn in today.

Chief Bill John Baker delivered a lengthy address to those gathered for the ceremony. He pledged to work toward better health care for Cherokee citizens. He also talked about expanding business and housing for tribal members. The Chief talked about the education system in the Cherokee Nation and pledged to make improvements there.

This begins Baker's last term as Chief. He is term limited.

Pages