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 national Edward R. Murrow 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 has been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and is one of the Tulsa Press Club's Tulsa Media Icons.

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 could benefit from a Supreme Court ruling on internet sales tax collections.
  • Early voting is underway.
  • Lay-offs at PennWell

In the local news:

  • Law enforcement cracks down on gun violence.
  • Tulsa may get make spray paint illegal for minors to purchase.
  • A roadside bomb is found in southern Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma child advocate speaks out about America's border crisis.
  • Report: GOP Candidate Kevin Stitt wants to be Governor, but has never voted in an Oklahoma Governor's election.
  • A suspect is arrested in a fatal Tulsa home invasion.

In the local news:

  • The school board will again consider changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary.
  • The City of Bixby will fight the PSO Windcatcher project.
  • The Governor will call a special session if medical marijuana is approved next week.

Monday's News on KWGS

Jun 18, 2018

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Health Outcomes are better, but still not great.
  • A Tulsa highway patrol shooting is under review.
  • Bixby residents voice concern over PSO's Wind Catcher project.

In the local news:

  • A new law could benefit tribal residents and Oklahoma schools.
  • A gas line explosion sends five people to the hospital.
  • You could be voting on where you can get your next eye exam.

The Local News

Jun 14, 2018

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council is briefed on the Amazon deal.
  • Verizon service is restored in Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa brewery gets a top award... but not for its beer.

In the local news:

  • The lack of Medicaid expansion may hurt some Oklahoma poor.
  • A school bus wreck in northeast Tulsa leaves one person dead.
  • Two people are arrested in Tulsa County for kidnapping their Washington state son.

In the local news:

  • The High Court takes up taxes increases to pay for teacher raises.
  • Riverside Drive will reopen after Labor Day.
  • Broken Arrow gets a top national award.

In the local news:

  • Retailers prepare for the modernization of Oklahoma's law laws.
  • Tulsa Tough wraps up another year.
  • A man is shot to death in a 51st and Sheridan home invasion. 

In the Local News:

  • Tulsa looks for replacement teachers.
  • The opening date will be announced today for the Gathering Place.
  • The first case of West Nile this year, is found in a Oklahoma mosquito.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police say sex-offenders are faking homelessness.
  • A replica of the Vietnam Memorial goes on display at the former Oklahoma Military Academy--- now RSU in Claremore.
  • A federal judge tells DHS to move the kids out of the Larua Dester Shelter by the end of the month

In the local news:

  • A plan to make Tulsa as better place to live is announced at City Hall.
  • A pre-schooler is rescued from a Tulsa swimming pool.
  • A grand opening date for the Gathering Place will be announced later this week.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce will oppose Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma.
  • Two women are dead in a west Tulsa house fire.
  • The Tulsa School Board delays renaming Chouteau and Columbus Elementary Schools

In the local news:

  • Health Care Providers express frustration with the State Health Department's financial mismanagement.
  • A man and woman are found dead in Owasso home.
  • A Tulsa man dies in a Oologah Lake drowning.

  • Enactment of new drug laws are debated.
  • The NAACP wants more Tulsa Police transparency.
  • This is the last day to register for the June 26th primary.  

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa church wants to convert an old motel into a homeless outreach program.
  • An unruly passengers leads to a Delta flight being diverted to Tulsa.
  • The Bever property will be transformed into a memorial garden in Broken Arrow.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Sobering Center opens.
  • Storms cause damage in Green Country.
  • Tulsa is still in the running for an Amazon fulfillment center.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets an economic health check-up.
  • A police shooting at Ponca City is investigated.
  • What happens IF Medical Marijuana is approved for Oklahoma?

In the local news;

  • State education leaders debate school security.
  • A gunman shoots two people in OKC before being killed by a person with a concealed weapon permit.
  • Lake level are up, but no campground flooding this Memorial Day.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa slips in the national park rankings.
  • Storms cause some Tulsa metro damage.
  • Gas prices take a hike

In the local news:

  • Some Tulsa School Board members voice regret over the Robert E. Lee school name change.
  • TU gets a new Board of Trustees Chairman.
  • Last week's Amber Alert mother goes to court via TV.

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court takes up an appeal that could change the legal landscape of Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa Ozone Alert Season is off to a rough start. Officials are concerned what a hot, dry summer could bring.
  • A Tulsa "non-stop" flight takes two days to make it to San Diego.

In the local news:

  • Mental Health will get more state funding.
  • A former Tulsa eatery could become an office complex.
  • Higher energy prices mean more Oklahoms hiring.

In the local news:

  • No indictments in the State Health Department probe.
  • It is Mayfest weekend in Tulsa.
  • Henryetta glass plant expected to reopen soon.

In the local news:

  • The Medical Marijuana ballot question gets organized opposition.
  • An explosion and fire rocks the Henryetta glass plant.
  • The 'Stepping Up' Program turns 3.

In the local news:

  • A lawsuit is filed against the sheriff's office over a Tulsa Muslim's hijab.
  • Earthquakes continue to rattle north central Oklahoma.
  • New information regarding this week's Amber Alert in Tulsa.

  

In the local news:

  • An Amber Alert is issued for a 7 year-old reportedly abducted by her mother.
  • The ACLU and CAIR plan to sue the Sheriff's Office over courthouse security and a Muslim Hijab.
  • A six year-old is hospitalized after a snake bite.

In the local news:

  • Earthquakes rattle central Oklahoma.
  • Immigrants say they are fearful of the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • Gasoline is costing 57-cents per gallon more than a year ago in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma tribes are upset over new proposed Trump regulations.
  • A Broken Arrow state lawmaker is accused of embellishing his military service.
  • Higher gasoline prices are in your future becuse of reimposed Iranian sanctions.

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