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 state toxicology report shows the Black man shot and killed by a White Tulsa Police officer had PCP in his system at the time of his death.
  • The state looks for ways to lower the healthcare uninsured rate.
  • The Real ID act could mean real trouble ahead for you.

In the local news:

  • The Mid-America Industrial Park donates $3.5 million for Mayes County STEM projects.
  • The Governor warns of more revenue shortfalls.
  • Blue Bell expands its recall.

In the local news:

  • A man and a woman are shot to death in a bar near Kendall-Whittier.
  • Governor Fallin says she was offended by Donald Trump's conquest comments.
  • Oklahoma lacks funds to deal with the state's mental health crisis.

In the local news:

  • OU President stumps for an education sales tax.
  • Bozos Gone Bad! Another clown attack is reported in Tulsa.
  • Revenue to state accounts misses the mark again.

In the local news:

  • A new report shows no increase in health insurance coverage in Oklahoma.
  • A man says he was mugged by a Tulsa clown.
  • A movie is being shot in downtown Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma abortion law is tossed out by the state supreme court.
  • State lawmakers hear how Oklahoma jails are becoming "debtor prisons".
  • October tornadoes are spotted in northwest Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa pauses to remember the massive October, 1986 flood.
  • St Francis takes over control of the OSU Medical Center.
  • The economic outlook is moldy for the nation's bread basket.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma is now facing a doctor shortage.
  • An Amber Alert is issued for a Pauls Valley girl.
  • A fire damages the Tulsa Flea Market on Admiral, west of Mingo.

In the local news:

  • Officer Betty Shelby makes her first appearance in District Court this morning.
  • An attorney faces federal charges of stealing from estates.
  • New rides arrive at the Tulsa State Fair.

In the local news:

  • Drone regulation is debated at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • The Tulsa City Council urges caution on the Right To Farm measure.
  • A Silver Alert is issued for a missing man from Rogers County

In the local news:

  • Rallies and Counter-Rallies are held in Tulsa.
  • A woman is stabbed to death. Police suspect her son.
  • Turnpike tolls are headed up in Oklahoma

In the Local News:

  • More protests today in the Terence Crutcher case.
  • A contractor is tabbed for the new Juvenile Justice Center.
  • The Tulsa Salvation Army announces new homeless policies.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby is arrested on Manslaughter charges  and is released on bond.
  • Tulsa shows off its $50-million renovated Central Library.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office offers help to homeless children.

In the Local News:

  • The Rev. Al Sharpton will visit Tulsa next week.
  • Blue Bell recalls more ice cream.
  • The City has huge neighborhood backlog.

In the local news:

  • Crutcher Attorneys dispute police claims.
  • Ground is broken for Jenks Commons.
  • BA works out an hazardous waste disposal agreement with the MET.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson promises the judicial system will get to the bottom of the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher.
  • The Tulsa District Attorney wants a complete investigation into the shooting.
  • Protesters, upset over the Crutcher shooting, hold a rally at the County Courthouse.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Police name officers involved in fatal shooting.
  • Should we be preparing for the "Oklahoma Big One'? Earthquake experts voice concern.
  • Kaine to make an Oklahoma fund raising stop.

In the local news:

  • A new Moody's report says Oklahoma is in for a prolonged cash crisis.
  • The Mumps vaccine may not be working as designed.
  • Protesters complain about Smart Electric Meters. PSO says there is no proof the meters are a health risk.

In the local news:

  • A new sports complex could get help from the city.
  • Owasso has its first murder of the year.
  • The Mumps are back... at least in Garfield County.

In the local news:

  • Right to Farm debated. We have both sides of the issue.
  • The water is back on in Okmulgee.
  • A man is arrested in Oakhurst on a California double murder from 1973.

In the local news:

  •    More waste water injection well will be closed around this month's 5.8 earthquake near Pawnee.
  •    The PAC Trust delays a vote on whether to allow development on what is now a parking lot.
  •    A south Tulsa home explodes into a fireball last night. Two people are hurt.

In the local news:

  • Revisions will be proposed to Oklahoma's Asset Forfeiture law.
  • There is help for teachers needing classroom supplies.
  • More cases of Zika turn up on Oklahoma.

In the local school district:

  • Tulsa educators will make home visits looking for potential dropouts.
  • Experts review mounds of data from Saturday's earthquake.
  • Two men rob a Tulsa IHop full of customers.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Revenue has missed the mark again for the 18th month in a row.
  • TPS will tighten security at extra-curricular  events following last week's shooting at McLain High School.
  • A new report is critical of Oklahoma's health care delivery system.

In the local news:

  • Tribal land becomes an issue in shutting down waste water wells following Saturday's quake.
  • Despite getting money back the Department of Public Safety will still be short.
  • Rafting on the River.

In the local news:

  • 2 Tulsa area residents have West Nile Virus.
  • There will be no special session of the legislature.
  • Another Tulsa murder.

In the local news:

  • Arkansas River Development and Helmerich Park are discussed at City Hall.
  • Bad Gas recall expands.
  • Senator Lankford discusses border security with Canada.

In the local news:

  • Meth usage soars in Oklahoma.
  • The State Auditor is told to get out of the capitol.
  • A settlement is reached between the county and a fired Sheriff's Major

In the local news:

  • The state school superintendent worries about the impact of a four-day school week could have on students.
  • Gasoline prices jump overnight in Tulsa to $2.12 per-gallon.
  • A body is found near 56th Street North and Bird Creek.

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