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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A private investigator has been told to avoid criticizing the service of jurors who convicted a former Tulsa County reserve deputy in the shooting death of an unarmed man and to stop contacting jurors who don't want to be interviewed.

The investigator contacted jurors who convicted Robert Bates of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris and recommended a four-year prison sentence.

Judge William Musseman said in a May 18 order that the court received calls from three jurors concerned that an investigator was contacting them.

Comanche County

The trial of a Lawton man charged in the shooting deaths of his father and brother is to begin.

The trial of 20-year-old Thorsten Rushing on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy is to begin Tuesday in Comanche County District Court.

Rushing has pleaded not guilty. The Lawton Constitution reports that the state is seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Rushing killed Uwe Rushing and 14-year-old Stefan Rushing in January 2014.

In the local news:

  • A fiery crash on the Turner Turnpike at Tulsa leaves a truck driver dead.
  • State House members must approve the new budget today or face a special session.
  • A new dispute at the Tulsa Jail.

In the local news:

  • Senate approves the state budget.
  • Damage at Bristow was caused by an EF 1 tornado.
  • The Bike Share program moves forward in Tulsa.

in the local news:

  • A budget deal is reached, but not yet approved.
  • Storms cause wide spread damage in Creek County.
  • The Unemployment rate is up again in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The latest from the state capitol as the legislative session winds down.
  • Tulsans apparently 'can get some Satisfaction' from City Government.
  • Funding needed levee work

In the local news:

  • The legislature enters its final week with still no budget.
  • 345K attend Mayfest.
  • An intruder is shot at an east Tulsa home.

In the local news:

  • A grand jury releases its report on Oklahoma's execution mix-ups.
  • A bill making abortion illegal in Oklahoma is sent to the Governor.
  • The Tulsa City Council reviews the proposed city budget.

In the local news:

  • 62% of Tulsa School Children could go hungry this summer.
  • Lawmakers kills the cigarette tax hike.
  • Mayfest Begins

In the local news:

  • A new report points up the need for more "pre-crime" programs for women.
  • Jenks Schools draft plans for a flood event.
  • Teacher pay bill released yesterday was not real.

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