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:

  • Wildfires burn across western Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma remembers the Murrah bombing.
  • Jury Selection continues in the Bever murder trial.

In the local news:

  • Wildfires continues across portions of Oklahoma.
  • Jury selection continues in the Michael Bever murder trial.
  • State testing begins in the Tulsa Public Schools

In the local news:

  • The new Amazon sales tax collection deal should mean more revenue for Tulsa.
  • School resumes in most of Green Country following the teacher walkout.
  • Wildfires continues to char western Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The teacher walkout is over, but not everyone is happy.
  • The Mayor will sign a zoning spacing requirement for small dollar-stores.
  • Wildfires burn across western Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The teachers walkout enters its 9th day as lawmakers look for more revenue.
  • A Tulsa Police stand-off leaves a man dead.
  • Crime victims advocate for rights at Tulsa gathering.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa education marchers arrive at the state capitol.
  • Bartlesville and Sand Springs will resume school tomorrow. Other districts have yet to announce.
  • Large crowds are expected today, on the first day to file for state office election.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa area education marchers should reach the state capitol today.
  • The Tulsa School Board discusses how to best make up missed days from the teacher walkout.
  • A waste water injection well is ordered to cut its volume following a new swarm of North Central Oklahoma earthquakes.

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma teachers' walkout is now into week number 2.
  • A 4.3 quake rattles Oklahoma on Monday morning.
  • New non-stop flights begin for Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Teacher Walkout Day #5.
  • Measles reported in Tulsa for the first time since the '90s.
  • Brace yourself--- and your garden  ---for some bitter cold weather.

In the local news:

  • Education supporters march from Tulsa to the state capitol.
  • Iron Gate signs a lease for a new location.
  • The family of Terence Crutcher sues the city for wrongful death.

In the local news:

  • This is Day 3 for the teacher walkout.
  • A Broken Arrow area lawmaker says teachers are being disrespectful.
  • Janet Levit is named the new TU Provost.  

In the local news:

  • Most School Districts are closed as teachers continue their walkout.
  • EMSA settles its federal lawsuit over alleged kickbacks.
  • The Tulsa School Board again delays the renaming of the Robert E. Lee Elementary. 

In the local news:

  • As promised state teachers walkout.
  • Three people are dead in a Turley murders-suicide.
  • ODOT wants you to slow down in work zones.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin signs the teacher pay raise, minus the hotel tax component.
  • Tulsa Police was crack down on those running traffic signals.
  • Tulsa marks 'Good Friday'.

In the local news:

  • State Senators vote for tax increases to fund teacher pay raises.
  • Mental Health professionals draft a 10-year plan for Tulsa.
  • The TPD begins bias training. 

In the local news:

  • Educators says house-passed pay raise is not enough.
  • More rain is headed our way.
  • Tulsa man arrested for having almost a ton of marijuana. 

In the local news:

  • The State House approves a tax package to increase salaries.
  • Meet OU's new president.
  • Man is pulled to safety from the Arkansas River at Bixby,

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma teachers and state employee walkout is one week away.
  • OU gets a new President.
  • The ACLU wonders if Oklahoma's next execution method will be legal,

In the local news:

  • A fatality crash involving an 18-wheeler closes the I-44 eastbound ramp at Yale.
  • The state school board is briefed on teacher walkout plans and the student testing impact.
  • The flu takes more lives in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • State lawmakers looking for dollars to avoid a teacher walkout.
  • Two people are killed in separate incidents with area law enforcement.
  • A long police stand-off ends with the suspect behind bars.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council considers tightening truancy laws.
  • Fake IDs flood Tulsa.
  • The monument in front of Robert E. Lee Elementary school is removed.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County Commissioners approve a land lease to Iron Gate.
  • The state supreme court says let the people vote on production tax hikes for education.
  • A retail survey is underway in Tulsa to help shore up business.

In the local news:

  • Major delays begin today on Highway 75
  • A man is arrested in Tulsa, He is suspected of killing his girlfriend.
  • In addition to a payhike, Oklahoma teachers want classroom funding restored to schools.

In the local news:

  • Lunchtime Tulsans rally for education.
  • The Tulsa School School Board hears from the patrons on a proposed name change for Robert E. Lee Elementary.
  • Work at city hall focusing on the 2019 Budget.

The KWGS Morning News

Mar 15, 2018

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma will change its execution method on death row.
  • State Senators fail to pass a teacher pay raise.
  • Students demand safer schools in a Tulsa protest.

In the local news:

  • Social Service prep for the teachers' walkout.
  • New drug court regulations clear the state house.
  • Defense Attorneys want the prosecutor disqualified in the Bixby football case.

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma Senate approves a plan to trim 43,000 from the Medicaid rolls.
  • More school board approve of a teacher walkout.
  • Iron Gate looks at yet another site for its soup kitchen.

In the local news:

  • Teachers begin a work slow-down in Tulsa.
  • State workers will join educators if a walkout takes place next month.
  • A window is shot out at a Tulsa QT following a domestic dispute over child custody.

In the local news:

  • Educators list demands to avoid a walkout.
  • The Salvation Army will offer to help if teachers leave the classroom.
  • Flu deaths are up again this week in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The OEA moves up the date for a teacher's protest.
  • Bixby football players are arraigned on rape charges.
  • Charles McCall gets another term as the Oklahoma House Speaker.

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