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:

  • The Robert Bates trial gets underway with enhanced security.
  • Today marks the 21st anniversary of the OKC bombing.
  • New donors are announced for the Gathering Place.

In the local news:

  • Crashes close two Tulsa expressways.
  • The Governor gets a frosty reception to her bond proposal.
  • Jury selection begins in the Robert Bates trial.

In the local news:

  • A delegation, including the Governor, heads to New York in an effort to save Tulsa jobs.
  • Water and sewer bills could be headed up.
  • The Tulsa Jail prepares to better care for mentally ill inmates.

In the local news:

  • The Governor releases her ideas to plug the budget gap.
  • Gilbert, America and Lakin are back on the Tulsa Council,  as they drew no challengers by the filing deadline.
  • A former Tulsa dentist is headed to prison on fraud charges.

In the local news:

  • Survey says 1,000 school jobs could be lost because of state budget crunch.
  • No delay in the Robert Bates trial.
  • The state corrections director warns of prison problems ahead.

In the local news:

  • A new sheriff takes over Tulsa County.
  • The filing period is underway for city office.
  • TU shows off its new health education complex.

In the local news:

  • Medicaid provider cuts may force rural hospitals to close.
  • Overnight storms pack strong winds but cause no real damage.
  • The mayor works on Tulsa's next budget.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Transit begins work on expanding service.
  • The Tulsa Public Facilities Authority extends talks with REI on park location.
  • Wildfires continue to burn in northwest Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • BMX will move its HQ to Tulsa.
  • Wildfires continue to burn in northwest Oklahoma.
  • New report details the sad shape of our roads and highways
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa based Williams Co. is going to court in Dallas and in the state of Delaware over a merger deal with ETE.  Williams  is suing Energy Transfer Equity and that company’s CEO in connection with the merger of the two companies.  The lawsuit claims ETE and CEO Kelcy Warren made private stock offerings in violation of the merger agreement announced last fall.

Last month, ETE announced, in Security and Exchange Commission filings, that it would close Williams operations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. In Tulsa, that would mean the loss of 1,000 jobs.

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