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 member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Durkee was named the Tulsa Press Club's 2016 Tulsa Media Icon.

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:

  • Tulsa doesn't make the Amazon cut; Mayor Bynum reacts to the news.
  • The multi-county Grand Jury wraps up monthly work with no indictments.
  • Congressman Bridenstine's NASA nomination moves forward.

In the local news:

  • The DHS requests over $2 Billion in budget funding.
  • 2 Bartlesville Police Officers and a woman are injured in an exchange of gun fire.
  • A contractor is being called in to help with Tulsa's rash of waterline breaks. 

In the local news:

  • The bitter cold hangs with us at least one more day.
  • The DOC officially asks for a $1.5 billion budget.
  • A waterline break causes the street to buckle near Woodward Park.

In the local news:

  • Bitter cold closes many school districts.
  • An arrest is made in the QT murder.
  • Tulsa honors Dr. King.

Tulsa's Monday News

Jan 15, 2018

In the local news:

  • Snow and bitter cold weather moves into Green Country.
  • Tulsa honors Martin Luther King with an annual parade.
  • A woman is shot and killed at a Tulsa Quik-Trip.

In the local news:

  • Business leaders adopt a plan to solve Oklahoma's fiscal issues.
  • The flu hits the state hard.
  • A counterfeit operation is busted at Tahlequah.

In the local news:

  • Ice and snow may be on the way to Tulsa.
  • Tulsa records its first homicide of 2018.
  • The Mayor wants to take it slow on Tulsa parking changes.

  

In the local news:

  • Despite state budget cuts, the DHS is given credit for progress on implementing foster care revisions.
  • An infant is killed in an overnight house fire in Tulsa.
  • The investigation moves forward into reports of sexual abuse on a Bixby football player.

In the local news:

  • Discouraging stats on the mental health of Oklahomans.
  • A train derails in northeast Tulsa.
  • The White House Renominates Congress Bridenstine head NASA.

In the local news:

  • Propane prices are inching up in Oklahoma.
  • Cancer rates among women are up in Oklahoma.
  • State lawmakers must still balance the current year's budget.

Rose Bowl tickets were pricey and scarce for common football fans, but not for several Georgia politicians.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that organizations affiliated with the University of Georgia gave free tickets to several state lawmakers and officials.

The Georgia Legislature passed a bill in 2014 that prohibited public officials from accepting free tickets, golf games and anything of value over $75 from lobbyists.

However, colleges and universities don't have to register as lobbyists.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa could get another stadium downtown. This one for soccer and other outdoor events.
  • A man is dead after falling through ice on a Catoosa pond.
  • Still no sign of a missing Oklahoma City metro airplane and pilot.

In the local news:

  • Contractors expect a good 2018.
  • An Oklahoma plane is missing over the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Tulsa American Airlines workers are each getting a $1,000 bonus.

Tulsa's Top Stories

Jan 3, 2018

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma Economy is slowly improving according to a new report.
  • We will get above freezing this afternoon.
  • A fire in Muskogee County kills a mother and two children.

In the local news:

  • The bitter cold has street people in Tulsa scurrying for shelter.
  • The cold has closed some schools.
  • National Championship dreams are dashed for the OU Sooners.

In the local news:

  • The bitter cold has street people in Tulsa scurrying for shelter.
  • The cold has closed some schools.
  • National Championship dreams are dashed for the OU Sooners.

In the local news:

  • Freezing rain, sleet and snow are in the forecast for the next 24 hours.
  • A bioterrorism drill is called off after a public outcry.
  • Embattled OU Regent Kirk Humphreys will step down after all.

In the local news:

  • The State Senate okays a spending plan.
  • Still no firm figure on next year's budget hole.
  • Bixby Schools and the Rogers County DA are squabling.

In the local news:

  • New information regarding the State Health Department's fiscal mess.
  • Bixby's School Superintendent is out.
  • Progress reported on a state budget fix.

In the local news:

  • The 2nd Special Legislative Session of the year is now underway.
  • The Bixby School Superintendent is expected to resign tonight.
  • Kettle donations are off. the Tulsa Salvation Army is coming up short.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers begins Special Session II.
  • Power problems at Atlanta's airport are causing issues in Tulsa.
  • Contraband seized at the Mable Bassett women's prison.

In the local news:

  • County leaders hear ideas to limit inmate incarceration in Tulsa.
  • The state auditor testifies regarding the health department's fiscal mismanagement.
  • Only one person addresses the Bixby School Board regarding allegations of a sexual assault cover-up.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council and the Mayor start to work on next year's budget.
  • A former Tulsa Cop, caught-up in a corruption scandal, will be staying behind bars.
  • Philbrook shows off its newest collection piece.

In the local news:

  • The plight of Tulsa growing homeless population.
  • The City Council puts a redevelopment project with sales tax rebates on hold.
  • The Tulsa street lights are slowly coming back on along the expressways.

In the local news:

  • A state house committee will continue its review of the state health department.
  • Tulsa County offices will be relocated.
  • Another new hotel is coming to downtown Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma child advocates ponder that fate of CHIP.
  • Red Flag Fire Warning Issued for Tulsa.
  • The State House begins its review of the state health department.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin sets a December 18th date for another Special Session.
  • The Bixby School Board meets for 7 hours discussing a sexual assault allegation.
  • A decade later: The 2007 Ice Storm is revisited.

In the news:

  • City leaders discuss a possible rebate in exchange for renovation of an old movie house.
  • Bixby Schools releases a report on a sexual assault allegation.
  • Broken Arrow's recycling program will be not start immediately. 

In the local news:

  • A new year will bring new turnpike tolls in Oklahoma.
  • Broken Arrow's City Council approves a recycling program trial.
  • A special committee continues reviewing Tulsa school names.

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