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:

  • Cuts are ahead for the giant Oklahoma DHS.
  • A small plane crashes near Grove.
  • The search continues for a drowning victim at Claremore Lake.

In the local news:

  • Reaction to the U.S. Senate's version of health care reform.
  • OK-POP gets bond approval.
  • Bridge repair work slows traffic on the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Today's News from KWGS

Jun 22, 2017

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma U.S. Senator warns of more Russian hacks ahead.
  • The city council considers cracking down on panhandling with a new ordinance.
  • More Blue-Green Algae is found at Grand Lake.

In the local news:

  • 51 Oklahoma Counties and the the State Health Department are in the middle of a billing feud.
  • Tulsa remembers TV's  'Lee and Lionel'.
  • Tulsa Police looking into another murder.

In the local news:

  • The internet's Airbnb will be the latest to start collecting sales taxes .
  • School Board gives initial approval to a $561-Million budget.
  • Drugs are seized in Tulsa and at Tinker.

In the local news:

  • Saving the Heartland Flyer.
  • The school board takes up a new education partnership program tonight.
  • Dangerous Blue-Green Algae is back at Grand Lake.

In the local news:

  • Police release video from north Tulsa shooting.
  • BMX will not be at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.
  • The Tulsa Zoo readies for 'Waltz on the Wild Side'.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma Congressman reacts to yesterday's shooting.
  • Only one of the four escapees from Lincoln County are still on the run.
  • Blight and crime could be connected according to a Tulsa study.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma moves up in Kids Count ratings.
  • A judge declines to toss out a lawsuit over the sale of a portion of Helmerich Park.
  • Ground is broken for a new Tulsa hotel in the Blue Dome District. 

In the local news;

  • The elderly frail poor may be hit by DHS budget cuts.
  • A Tulsa girl is injured in an apartment fire.
  • Thousands are in Tulsa to play soccer this week.

Our Top Local Stories

Jun 9, 2017

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford is among those taking part in the questioning of former FBI Director James Comey.
  • Tobacco companies sue the state over the cigarette tax hike. The action puts the new state budget in jeopardy.
  • Enrollment is up over 1,000 at Tulsa Tech.

In the local news:

  • Senator Lankford wants clarity from today's Senate Intelligence Committee meeting with former FBI Director James Comey.
  • The Tulsa City Council approves the new $800-million budget.
  • Bob Stoops resigns as OU's Football Coach.

In the local news:

  • A Korean firm donates money to Tulsa STEM education projects.
  • State Senator Dan Newberry will leave the legislature.
  • Coweta's City Manager is fired and two city councilors there resign in protest.

In the local news:

  • Transportation officials express frustration with on going state budget issues.
  • A woman is struck and  killed while walking along South Harvard.
  • Our gas prices are among the nation's lowest.

In the local news:

  • A quick check of the Oklahoma economy.
  • The new pedestrian bridge design will be announced today.
  • Will Oklahoma lawmakers be called to a Special Session.

In the local news:

  • Mileage restrictions are lifted for State Troopers.
  • Three people are being questioned about a rash of Tulsa arson fires.
  • A Tulsa County Commissioner likes the idea of Sunday liquor sales.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin signs the new state budget.
  • The Tulsa Zoo's Lost Kingdom is dedicated.
  • A food program is announced to feed hungry children.

In the local news:

  • A study will look at Tulsa's racial disparity.
  • The PGA will return to Tulsa.
  • One man is dead in Catoosa workplace shooting.

In the local news:

  • A beauty school opens behind Oklahoma prison walls.
  • President Trump remembers a fallen Oklahoman.
  • Tulsa's park ranking improves.

In the local news:

  • It is the last day of the legislative session and still NO budget.
  • A Sapulpa teacher facing drug charges has her teaching certificate suspended.
  • Tulsa County settles a sexual assault case from the county jail.

In the local news:

  • The State Senate approves a state budget.
  • Expert says President's Trump's proposed budget would hurt those getting SNAP benefits.
  • Suspect is arrested in yesterday's fatal wrong way chase on Highway 75.

In the local news:

  • A joint House/Senate Committee approves a $6.9 Billion state budget. However, details are very unclear.
  • Two bombs are planted in a car at Sapulpa. Two people are in custody.
  • Acquitted Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby will receive back pay while she was awaiting trial.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police Chief pledges his department will work with the District Attorney's office following the Officer Betty Shelby case.
  • Tulsa's BOK Center is managed by the same firm as the Manchester, U.K. facility was was bombed last night.
  • High water will dampen upcoming holiday weekend activities.

NWS-Graphic

We are getting more information on last Thursday night’s tornadoes. There were two twisters at Muskogee and Wagoner.

The first tornado at Muskogee was an EF 1. The second was an EF2. An EF1 has winds around 100 miles and hour.  EF2 has about 125-mile an hour winds.

Both tornadoes near Wagoner were EF1.

Another tornado at Peggs, near the Cherokee, Mayes and Wagoner County lines,  will be assessed today.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers struggle to come up with a budget.
  • An Oklahoma U.S. Senator likes the idea of a Special Counsel to handle the Russian Investigation.
  • 'Hop Jam 2017' touted as a success. 

In the local news:

  • Storms cause damage at Muskogee and Wagoner overnight.
  • The Police Chief speaks out following Officer Shelby verdict.
  • The legislature looks for a budget plan.

In the Local News:

This morning's newscast focuses exclusively on the Betty Shelby acquittal, while the news capsule looks at some of the other top local stories.

In the local news:

  • Betty Shelby trial should go to the jury today.
  • A tornado leaves one person dead at Elk City..
  • Lawmakers attempt a "Hail Mary Revenue Plan" but come up short.

In the local news:

  • Officer Betty Shelby takes the stand in her own defense.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes for a consolidation plan.
  • The cigarette tax hike fails in the legislature.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board takes up school consolidation.
  • Week 2 of the Betty Shelby trial begins.
  • Lawmakers resume working on a new state budget.

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