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:

  • Oklahoma responds to Harvey.
  • A Sand Springs student is arrested for bringing a gun to school.
  • A Silver Alert is issued for a missing Broken Arrow woman with dementia.

In the local news:

  • Cut funding returning to some education programs in the state.
  • Oklahoma Volunteers head to help Texas flood victims.
  • A toddler dies in an area swimming pool.

In the local news:

  • Broken Arrow's Mayor praises the tribal police raid on Embers Grille.
  • Two bank robberies keep police busy in Tulsa and Cushing.
  • The first two cases of humans with West Nile this season are confirmed in Tulsa County.

The KWGS Morning News

Aug 17, 2017

In the local news:

  • Tulsa is back in the jail business.
  • Creek Nation law enforcers stage raid on the new Embers Grille in Broken Arrow.
  • The Governor wants a special session, but stops short of calling one.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Airport addresses economic growth.
  • The Tulsa City Council will discuss housing inmates at the Okmulgee County Jail.
  • The power is back on after thunderstorms cause outages in Tulsa.
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In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School District will consider renaming some of its schools.
  • Lawmakers debate if to call a Special Legislative Session to address the budget.
  • A man is arrested for attempting to duplicate the Oklahoma City bombing.

In the local news:

  • Tulsans rally against hate.
  • Flooding may have caused an eastern Oklahoma train to derail.
  • Tulsa's green waste pick-up begins today.

In the local news:

  • A special session of the legislature appears likely following a supreme court ruling against a cigarette tax.
  • Engineers will decide the fate of tornado damaged Remington Tower.
  • Betty Shelby joins the Rogers County Sheriff's Office.

In the local news:

  • The State Supreme Court hears challenges to last minute legislative revenue generating bills.
  • Governor Fallin tours Tulsa's tornado damage.
  • Ross Ford will face Chris Vanlandingham in November for the District 76 state house seat.

In the local news:

  • County Commissioners charge a $69 a day inmate rate.
  • Tornado clean-up continues in Tulsa.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court takes up revenue fees today. 

In the local news:

  • City Councilors discuss discount stores and north Tulsa.
  • An earthquake causes minor damage at Edmond.
  • A small plane makes an emergency crash landing at Skiatook.

In the local news:

  • Campaign fraud charges are dropped against Oklahoma School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and four others.
  • The Broken Arrow City Council approves a resolution opposing gaming at the new Embers Grille.
  • Programs aimed at lowering the inmate population are discussed in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • County leaders want an agreement on jail inmate expenses.
  • We remember former University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham.
  • The Oklahoma Health Care Authority braces for more potential cuts from the state.

In the local news:

  • A fire guts a section of downtown Wagoner.
  • A man's body is found in the woods near downtown.
  • A Tulsa woman drowns in Spring Creek.

In the local news:

  • Emergency Teaching Certifications skyrocket in Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa medical facility expands.
  • Tulsa's Lacy Pool is going to the dogs!

In the local news:

  • Local groups vow to fight the President's transgender military  ban.
  • The TPS is still looking for teachers.
  • An old warehouse to become the Mother Road Market.

In the local news:

  • A cold front will knock down temps on Friday.
  • A B&B fails before the Tulsa Board of Adjustment.
  • Some instructors go on strike at Spartan

In the local news:

  • County leaders disagree on a deal to house city inmates in the county jail.
  • A state trooper dies of injuries in a patrol crash.
  • Charges are filed in a Bristow Police Chase.

In the local news:

  • Amazon helps, but Tulsa is still suffering from people not paying use tax on internet purchases.
  • A man is in jail after trading shots with Bristow Police.
  • More high heat expected across Green Country.

Our Friday Local News

Jul 21, 2017

In the local news:

  • A Heat Advisory is issued for Tulsa.
  • State Democrats want to fix the budget now, rather than waiting on the courts to possibly strike it down.
  • A Tulsa man is killed by Missouri Police. 

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School District needs teachers.
  • A candle light vigil is held in Tulsa for 4 crash victims.
  • Bringing back the Tulsa neon on Route 66

In the local news:

  • Broken Arrow gears up for a gaming fight.
  • Governor Fallin discusses female incarceration.
  • Frontier Airlines will come back to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A new plan is floated on Tulsa Jail costs.
  • The Broken Arrow City Council takes up a resolution dealing with a new restaurant.
  • Medicaid cuts could hurt the health of Oklahoma's Native population.

In the local news:

  • "Aero" is the name for Tulsa's Bus Rapid Transit system.
  • A Tulsa Police Sergeant is arrested for assaulting another officer.
  • Porter readies for the 51st Annual Peach Festival this weekend.

In the local news:

  • Massive DHS cuts will hurt children and the elderly.
  • The suspected Bixby Bomber is arraigned in federal court.
  • Democrats are pleased, but not surprised, by this week's victories in special elections.

In the local news:

  • An arrested is made in Bixby bombing.
  • The Tulsa Fire-Fighters' Union votes no-confidence in Chief Ray Driskell.
  • 14-boys from the Church at BattleCreek are hurt when their camp bus overturns in Missouri.

In the local news:

  • The revenue picture in Oklahoma is looking better.
  • Someone bombs the Air Force Recruiting Center at Bixby. No injuries.
  • The DA considers if to try Shannon Kepler a fourth time.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers resume debate on health care reform 2.0.
  • Two people are killed a Tulsa park.
  • EMSA issues another Heat Alert for Tulsa.

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