John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-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:

  • Grand Jury petitions are verified by the Tulsa Election Board.
  • A missing Turley boy is found safe.
  • A Tulsa Muslim dines at the White House.

In the Local News:

  • The sheriff will most likely challenge a petition requesting a grand jury investigation of his office.
  • A former Tulsa FOP treasurer is headed to prison.
  • New grants for medical higher education.

In the local news:

  • In addition to the rain, a labor shortage is impacting Oklahoma's spring harvest.
  • I-35 is reopen between OKC and Ardmore following a rock slide.
  • Tulsa's  Williams Companies offered an unsolicited buy-out.

In the local news:

  • The latest on Oklahoma's flooding issues.
  • The Tulsa City Council approves a new budget.
  • Two Oklahoma lawmen are arrested.

In the local news:

  • Heavy rain causes problems across Oklahoma.
  • A hospital opens in Jenks.
  • More squabbling at the Tulsa Criminal Justice Authority.

It was around this time last year that the Norman City Council decided to stake its water future on reuse — sending cleaned wastewater back into Lake Thunderbird, the city’s main water source. It’s an ambitious, future-looking plan Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal says is in line with the state’s goal of using no more water in 2060 than it did in 2012.

In the local news:

  • Forecasters call upcoming rain event "life threatening".
  • Broken Arrow City Councilors grant a use permit for a Wal-Mart family market over neighbor objections.
  • A $75K settlement is reach in an Owasso Police brutality case.

In the Local News:

  • Tropical Storm Bill is expected to dump heavy rain across Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa County leaders wants more money for levee repair.
  • Retiring Tulsa School Superintendent Keith Ballard will join the faculty at OU-Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Police Officer is hailed as a hero after performing CPR on a Tulsa Tough rider.
  • Mental Health experts say the state's system is broken.
  • A new warning about West Nile Virus and its impact on horses.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council moves closer to approving a new city budget.
  • Tulsa sales tax revenue is up over what had been expected.
  • A dozen inmates are hurt in an Oklahoma prison brawl.

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