John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 40-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.

 

 

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In the local news:

  • A proposal clears a state senate committee to relocate an Oklahoma Veterans' Home.
  • The state school board is briefed on the revenue shortage.
  • A gas well explosion injures four in Wagoner County.

KWGS News

Tulsa elementary students crowd into the auditorium at Will Rogers College High School. They are there to learn and show off their skills in a partnership with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

For more than 30 years, Carnegie Hall Link Up has paired orchestras with students in grades 3-5 to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. Tulsa Symphony became a Link Up partner in the 2015-16 season.

In the local news:

  • A senate committee approves REAL ID.
  • Pruitt's emails show a cozy relationship with fossil fuel.
  • Repeal of the ACA is making low income health care providers nervous.

In the local news:

  • The latest on the Oklahoma Budget.
  • The Tulsa School Board welcomes a new member.
  • A Helmerich Park vote is delayed by the City Council.

KWGS News File Photo

Here are the first two parts of our special news series:  

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council considers what to do with Helmerich Park.
  • Mike Hunter will replace Scott Pruitt as Oklahoma's Attorney General.
  • Another revenue failure is expected for Oklahoma.

This is part one of a three part series looking at the craft of journalism.

In the local news:

  • The fate of an Oklahoma Veterans' home is uncertain.
  • Workers dismissed for taking off without notification for a 'Day Without Immigrants' are hired by another restaurant.
  • Tax hike proposals may be in trouble in the legislature.

In the local news:

  • Republican Party Split: The Lt-Governor resigns from the Governor's Cabinet Over Taxes Dispute.
  • The State House approves 'Read ID'.
  • A Tulsa non-profit finds a work-around 'A Day Without Immigrants'.

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  Authorities say one person was injured in an explosion at a gas well in south east Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the explosion happened near Quinton in Pittsburg County, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa.

The Pittsburg County Emergency Management Office says multiple volunteer fire departments are at the gas well site.  Emergency management crews and the county sheriff's office also are on the scene.

 

 

In the local news:

  • City workers will be allowed paid time-off to volunteer to help students learn to read.
  • Stanley Majors will go with an insanity defense in the murder of his neighbor.
  • A grim discovery near the Okmulgee Wal-Mart.

In the local news:

In the local news:

  • A proposed measure to protect students may violate due process.
  • A water leak floods the Warren Clinic Tower in Tulsa.
  • The Kepler re-trial moves forward.

In the local news:

  • Rain tonight and tomorrow could bring relief from Oklahoma wildfires.
  • USS Tulsa ready to sail.
  • Protests are planned against the Diamond Pipeline.

In the news:

  • A Red Flag Fire Warning is issued for the Tulsa area today.
  • The Shannon Kepler murder retrial resumes with jury selection.
  • Flu deaths double in one week in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • A new program will help provide food to hungry senior citizens.
  • A Tulsa murder trial is placed on hold after evidence goes missing.
  • An abortion bill stalls in a state house committee.

In the local news:

  • A state representative wants to make transportation funding untouchable.
  • The Tulsa School District looks for teachers.
  • The state wants to join the Texas/EMSA Federal Court case.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin calls for an end to the state tax on groceries and the Oklahoma Corporate Tax.
  • This is day two of the Shannon Kepler retrial.
  • Tulsa will get an African-American Affairs Commission.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin is set to deliver her 'State of the State Address' today. Live Coverage of KWGS about 12:45 this afternoon.
  • The 2nd trial for former Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler is set to begin today.
  • A man is murdered at a Tulsa Super Bowl party.

In the local news:

  • A state house committee recommends Tulsa representative Dan Kirby be removed from office.
  • Amazon will begin collecting Oklahoma Sales Tax.
  • Tulsa School Board Member Wilbert Collins withdraws from re-election bid.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Bus Rapid Transit is discussed at City Hall.
  • No U.S. Senate Committee vote for Scott Pruitt as Democrats boycott meeting.
  • A trial date is set for Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's child welfare scores are improving.
  • Tulsa's faith-based community shows support for Muslims.
  • Tulsa hosts a health-care form.

In the local news:

  • Anti Trump protests at OU.
  • Organizations criticize lawmakers for pending anti-LGBT legislation.
  • Body cams ahead for Tulsa County deputies.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma cattlemen express concern about the President's trade policies.
  • Oklahoma universities fear President Trump's immigration ban will impact students.
  • Bricks of cocaine are found tucked away in the landing gear of an American Airlines jet brought here for routine maintenance.

In the local news:

  • Unless things change, Oklahoma will have $2 Billion budget shortfalls by 2030.
  • Jenks students talk to the International Space Station.
  • Dan Kirby changes his mind and will now talk with the panel investigating sexual harassment allegation against him.

In the local news:

  • The Corporation Commission says it needs more money for earthquake prevention.
  • The Commerce Department wants TIF Districts expanded.
  • A Tulsa Hispanic leader says President Trump should build bridges and not walls.

In the local news:

  • The state lottery wants its contributions to education trimmed.
  • Kirby suspended from committee chairmanship.
  • French-fries used as bait in possible abduction attempt.

In the local news:

  • There is a RED FLAG FIRE WARNING for the Tulsa area.
  • An arrest is made in a Sapulpa double homicide.
  • Kick Back allegations are leveled at EMSA and its CEO.

In the Local News:

  • The DHS says it needs over $42-million in additional funding.
  • Two people are killed at a Sapulpa gas station.
  • Rallies are held for women's rights in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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