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:

  • House members will elect a new speaker today.
  • The tornado clean-up gets underway tomorrow in Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa School Board will consider laying off teachers tonight.

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett presents a $762 million budget proposal to the City Council.
  • Educators discuss state budget cuts and the impact on classrooms.
  • the man suspected of starting the Mannford 2012 wildfire is now in custody.
KWGS News

The National Weather Service says Tulsa was not alone in sustaining tornado damage on Tuesday night. The NWS has confirmed four more tornado tracks across the eastern half of the state.

The Weather Service says it was a tornado that hit the main business district at Bixby. The storm was an EF-1 with winds to 110-miles per hour. It cause roof damage at the Spartan Shopping Center at 151st and South Memorial as well as in the downtown business district, just a few blocks away.

In the local news:

  • A jury finds former Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates guilty of manslaughter.
  • The Tulsa School Superintendent lays out plans to trim over 140 teachers to save money.
  • The clean-up continues from Tuesday night's tornado in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • High winds cause scattered damage across the Tulsa Metro.
  • PSO is making progress in restoring power following last night's storms.
  • The hardest hit area seems to be near 49th and South Boston (I-44 and Riverside area)

In the local news:

  • Severe storms, including tornadoes, are expected in Oklahoma today.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes to cut 102 positions to save money.
  • It is the defense's turn in the Robert Bates trial.

In the local news:

  • Forecasters are concerned about a severe weather outbreak tomorrow.
  • The Robert Bates trial resumes this morning.
  • Mayor Bartlett is putting the finishing touches on his city budget.

In the local news:

  • A small plane turns Memorial Drive into a Rush Hour landing strip.
  • Petitions are turned in calling for a Education Sales Tax Vote.
  • The Robert Bates Manslaughter trial continues in Tulsa District Court.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Remembers: The Murrah Building Bombing.
  • Jury selection continues in the Robert Bates trial.
  • Tulsa's Teacher of the Year is announced.

In the local news:

  • The Robert Bates trial gets underway with enhanced security.
  • Today marks the 21st anniversary of the OKC bombing.
  • New donors are announced for the Gathering Place.

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