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.

 

 

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In the local news:

  • The Tulsa D.A. wants to cut down meth-making.
  • Philbrook's Director headed to Atlanta.
  • A drug and prostitution sting takes place in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Equality Center will host a Cub Scout Pack.
  • Drilling changes are made in an Oklahoma earthquake zone.
  • 'Boomtown' premiers in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Calls for more earthquake response planning  in Oklahoma.
  • 10-children are hurt in a church bus crash in NE Oklahoma.
  • The State Supreme Court will not reconsider its 10-Commandment ruling.

In the local news:

  • Slicing the "Vision" funding pie.
  • An arrest is made in a triple fatality accident in Tulsa County.
  • An arraignment date is set for a teen accused of killing his Broken Arrow family.

In the local news:

  • Ground is broken for another downtown hotel.
  • City and County leaders squabble over vision funding proposals.
  • More soldiers are headed to Fort Sill.

In the local news:

  • The Governor discusses health care, but not the ACA.
  • Executions, once on hold, are rescheduled.
  • A fire causes damage to a downtown eatery.

In the local news:

  • Heavy rain causes flooding issues in Green Country.
  • Citizens voice concerns over Tulsa County Sheriff's operation.
  • The 10-Commandments  monument stays---- for now.

In the local news:

  • More heavy rain for Green Country.
  • The School board moves to make Community Schools district wide.
  • The city hears from the public on proposed vision spending.

In the Local News:

  • Bridge replacement begins today on Highway 169 at Bird Creek near Owasso.
  • Enrollment starts for fall classes in the Tulsa Public Schools.
  • The Tulsa Ballet breaks ground on a Broken Arrow studio.

In the local news:

  • PSO files for a $172-million rate hike. It blames EPA clean air mandates.
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt files lawsuit against EPA over rules.
  • Tulsa's new superintendent wraps up day number one on the job

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