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.

 

 

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In the local news:

  • A call for pay hikes for Oklahoma prison guards.
  • The man suspected in the 2012 Mannford wildfire is due in court today.
  • A prayer vigil is planned in OKC as Satanist hold a "Black Mass" a mile away

In the local news:

  • A lone beetle halts a Muskogee County road project.
  • Ku Klux Klan ropes presented at a Career-Tech conference.
  • The state misses the revenue mark, again.

Our Top Local Stories:

  • City of Tulsa puts permits for sidewalk cafes on hold.
  • Sales Tax numbers start off fiscal year down.
  • Earthquakes again rattle Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma gets an 'F' for helping families with medical issues.
  • More delays for Delta Airlines.
  • The Supreme Court rewrites Oklahoma ballot titles.

In the local news:

  • Prescription drug deaths are down in Oklahoma.
  • Delta Flights are delayed at Tulsa and across the nation.
  • Tulsa celebrates 'The Outsiders'.

In the local news:

  • The Sales Tax Free Weekend is here.
  • Efforts move forward to get street lights on again in Tulsa.
  • Russell will stay with the Thunder.

In the local news:

  • A new immigration reform push is underway in Oklahoma.
  • The Oklahoma Policy Institute's summer conference hears about health care in the state.
  • The body missing teen is recovered in Creek County.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford says Donald Trump is wrong for attacking the family of a fallen Muslim U.S. Soldier.
  • There will be a court delay in a hearing regarding an REI store at 71st and Riverside.
  • The search continues for a missing Creek County teen.

In the local news:

  • Cutting taxes and raising revenue. Lawmaker says the state is using smoke and mirrors.
  • Plans for a new juvenile justice center moves forward in Tulsa.
  • The search is underway near Silver City for a missing Creek County teenager.

In the local news:

  • Mayor-elect Bynum is working on his transition.
  • Expert says body-cameras keep police and citizens in line.
  • One year later: Indian Cultural Center remains unfinished.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Democrats cheers as DNC wraps up.
  • Senior Citizen wanted for Tulsa bank robbery.
  • Governor's Special Session may be DOA.

in the local news:

  • Local DNC delegates prepare to hear from Hillary Clinton.
  • Governor Fallin considers a Special Session of the legislature to address teacher pay.
  • A campaign to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws moves forward.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma delegates rally at the DNC.
  • Your input is sought on a plan for Rapid Bus Transit in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa Councilors review economic opportunities around Route 66.
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In the local news:

  • Sparks fly at the Democratic National Convention. We hear from Oklahoma delegates.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Training Center gets a new name.
  • Gasoline prices drop after an unexplained hike

In the local news:

  • Democrats from Oklahoma prepare for the party's National Convention.
  • Schools in Oklahoma brace for cuts.
  • A skydiver is missing after a jump at Cushing.

In the local news:

  • The GOP Convention wraps up. Attention now focuses on the Democrats.
  • The TPD shuffles its division leaders.
  • More long lines at Southwest Airline counters.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma billionaire addresses the GOP National Convention.
  • A Tulsa Dentist is arrested for a child abuse death in OKC.
  • A civil rights case against the Tulsa Jail can move forward.

In the local news:

  • Donald Trump goes over the top and picks up the GOP Presidential nomination. We hear from an Oklahoma delegate.
  • A Community Forum is held in Tulsa to open communication lines between police and minorities.
  • High heat continues today across Green Country.

In the local news:

  • The GOP National Convention is underway amid tight security. We hear from a Tulsa delegate.
  • For the second time in as many days, Tulsa Police shoot and kill a suspect.
  • A woman is getting help after her threats lock down the Tulsa Air National Guard Station.

In in the local news:

  • A man is shot and killed by Tulsa Police.
  • Mayor Elect Bynum is visiting other cities to get management ideas.
  • The Oklahoma Delegation is ready for the start of the GOP National Convention.

In the local news:

  • A new report points out pre-education flaws in Oklahoma.
  • A teachers' job fair brings out candidates for the TPS.
  • The Jenks football coach announces he has ALS.

In the local news:

  • Another victim has turned-up from Freedom Fest gunfire.
  • One of the Bever family murder suspects attempts suicide at the Tulsa Jail.
  • Web Worms attack Tulsa.

In the local News:

  • "Fewer people doing more work" is how administrative pay hikes are explained at the Tulsa Schools.
  • A Sand Springs woman is arrested for multi bank robberies.
  • Rain in Tulsa this morning, followed by high heat this afternoon.

In the local news:

  • Gunfire at Tulsa's Freedom Fest leaves a 9-year-old shot in the head.
  • The National Education Association opens its convention in D.C. Oklahoma will be represented.
  • The search continues for a Skiatook Lake drowning victim

In the local news:

  • It was north Tulsa Democrats that pushed G.T. Bynum to victory.
  • Planned Parenthood gets Tulsa and OKC Medicaid account.
  • Washington High gets financial help from Alumni.

In the local news:

  • ETE walks away from Williams Merger.
  • A Tulsa homicide may have been road rage.
  • Sapulpa fires its school superintendent.

A Three-minute review of yesterday's election results from KWGS News

In the local news:

  • Williams votes for an ETE merger.
  • This is primary election day in Oklahoma.
  • Following a Supreme Court ruling and Oklahoma abortion law is in doubt.

In the local news:

  • Williams shareholders vote on the ETE merger deal today.
  • A woman is dead after being hit in a high speed chase.
  • A plan is announced to turn drilling waste-water into useable water.

In the local news:

  • Broken Arrow expands its Rose District.
  • Tulsa Police search for a serial bank robber.
  • The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will relocate to the City Plex Tower

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