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.

 

 

Ways to Connect

In the local news:

  • More heavy rain is expected today in the Tulsa Metro.
  • Educators discuss consolidation plan.
  • Murder charges are filed in deputy's death

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council and The Tulsa School Board meet in a rare special session to discuss education funding and KWGS News is there.
  • The state house votes to repeal the tax cut trigger.
  • Rain... and lots of it... on the way for Green Country

In the local news:

  • A Logan County Deputy is shot and killed. A suspect is in custody.
  • The NCAA will return to Tulsa in 2019 for the Men's Basketball Playoff.
  • West side residents ask questions about proposed school closings in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Mental Health Pods open at the Tulsa Jail.
  • The Oklahoma House pays tribute to the late David Brumbaugh,
  • New parking meters are being installed in the Brady Arts District.

In the local news:

  • The education funding crisis deepens in Oklahoma.
  • Services are pending for Broken Arrow State Representative David Brumbaugh.
  • The tax filing deadline is rapidly approaching.

Three people are dead following a shooting in Coffeyville. Just after 10 last night Coffeyville Police were called to 208 S. Maple for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers found three people at the home. All three had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased have been identified as Reginald L. Johnson, 50, of Coffeyville; Kimberly K. Bell, 47, of Coffeyville; and a 17-year-old juvenile. The name of the juvenile has not been released.

In the local news:

  • A science bill clears a house committee. Sponsor says it contains nothing "Wacko", other disagree.
  • Tulsa School officials urge patrons to lobby lawmakers for school funding.
  • U.S/Russian expert agrees relations are near an all time low.

In the local news:

  • Legal motions are heard in the Officer Betty Shelby manslaughter case.
  • School budgets across the state are trimmed, again.
  • Tulsa gets a new jail administrator.

In the local news:

  • Allegations of abuse are leveled at Tulsa's Shadow Mountain
  • Tulsa's Congressman is met with jeers and cheers at a town hall meeting.
  • The Margaret Hudson program gets needed cash.

In the local news:

  • ODOT agrees to be part of the Gilcrease Expressway construction.
  • A state email causes an uproar during LGBTQ lobbying at the state capitol
  • All Souls will move to an all new location.

  •  Small Energy Producers call for equal taxation across the industry.
  • Money is raised to buy the Bever Family murder scene and tear it down.
  • The Health industry is worried about state cuts and the impact on care.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma is leaving money on the table rather than food.
  • A Tulsa Judge reprimands Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for discussing her murder case on 60-Minutes.
  • A Silver Alert is issued for an elderly Tulsa County couple with dementia.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board hears plans for closing three west side schools to save money.
  • Tulsa learns about becoming "dementia friendly".
  • Another Tulsa business is closing. This time it is a Payless Shoe store.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board will discuss budget cuts tonight and how the cuts will impact the district.
  • State revenue misses the mark, again.
  • The election results from yesterday's balloting.

In the local news:

  • More school cuts appear likely in Oklahoma.
  • This is an election day in Tulsa County.
  • No charges will be filed against the shooter in a Broken Arrow home invasion.

In the local news:

  • A Sunday liquor sales proposal heads to the state house.
  • Officer Betty Shelby tells her side of the Terence Crutcher shooting on 60 Minutes.
  • Work gets under way on a Highway 75 resurfacing project.

In the local news:

  • New life for the former Dollar-Thrifty Plaza in Tulsa.
  • A Turley minister is arrested for child pornography.
  • The City of Tulsa makes progress turning on .the street lights 

In the local news:

  • Drug overdoses--- both prescription and street drugs--- kill a record number of Oklahomans in 2016.
  • The budget work is underway at Tulsa City Hall.
  • A Highway 75 resurfacing project will clog a busy Tulsa expressway.

In the local news:

  • Storms roll through Oklahoma.
  • Drastic cuts may be ahead for the Tulsa Schools.
  • Plans for expanding the Gilcrease Expressway gets the backing on the Turnpike Authority.

In the local news:

  • Three teenagers are killing in what authorities say was a home invasion attempt at Broken Arrow.
  • Governor Fallin orders flags to half-staff following the shooting death of a Tecumseh Police Officer.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects former Attorney General Scott Pruitt's medical marijuana ballot title as misleading. 

Perry Public Schools

 

A principal and a teacher north of Oklahoma City who are accused of failing to report alleged child abuse may resign.

An agenda shows that the Perry Public School board will meet Monday to consider the resignations and resignation agreements of Upper Elementary School Principal Kenda Miller and math teacher Jeffrey Sullins.

The Oklahoman reports that the educators are charged with failure to promptly report child abuse or neglect.

In the local news:

  • A measure limiting LGTBQ rights fails in the state senate.
  • Tulsa Police release the video of a deadly encounter with a crime spree suspect.
  • Former State Senator Ralph Shortey to be arraigned today

In the local news:

  • A child is dead... care giver abuse is suspected.
  • The Gathering Place gets its playground equipment.
  • Broken Arrow could have three high schools by 2031.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Meals on Wheels readies for federal budget cuts.
  • Wildfires burn across eastern Oklahoma.
  • A pipeline protest is set for this weekend in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A measure allowing people to carry guns on mass transit buses passes the Oklahoma House.
  • Attorney: Ralph Shortey will resign from the Oklahoma Senate.
  • A Tulsa jury awards $10 million in the Elliot Williams wrongful death case.

In the local news:

  • A new report indicates over half of the home rental property is substandard.
  • The investigation continues into a weekend fire at a home in Broken Arrow where five people were murdered in 2015.
  • Over 43,000 people take in the NCAA Basketball tournament in Tulsa over the weekend.

Bever Murder Home Burns

Mar 18, 2017
KWGS News

For the second time in less than two-years, yellow crime scene tape surrounds the Bever home in Broken Arrow. In the summer of 2015, this home was the scene of a mass murder. Two teenager brothers, Robert and Michael Bever, were accused of killing their parents and three siblings. Early Saturday morning, the vacant home at the Indian Springs Country Club burned.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out about 3:30 Saturday morning and gutted the house before the fire was brought under control. There is no word  yet on the cause of the fire.

In the local news:

  • Senator Ralph Shortey is out on bail on prostitution charges with a teenage male.
  • Federal funding elimination for the arts would impact Tulsa's art scene.
  • Tulsa welcomes NCAA basketball fans.

In the local news:

  • The State Senate suspends member Ralph Shortey amid an investigation of prostitution with a teenage boy.
  • 16 state parks could be closed because of budget cuts.
  • The USS Tulsa goes for a test run in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the local news:

  • The GOP Health Plan would hit Oklahoma hard according to a new report.
  • A State Senator is being investigated by Moore Police.
  • Large crowds expected downtown for NCAA tourney and St. Patrick's parties.

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