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.

 

 

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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.

In the Local News:

  • The first town hall meeting is held on a low water dam proposal for the Arkansas River.
  • The private prison is on lock down this morning after a huge fight sent 12-inmates to the hospital.
  • The Broken Arrow Blue Bell Listera break has been traced to a shipping container room.

In the local news:

  • Demographics are used to help direct Tulsa capital projects.
  • The Governor hosts a job-fair in Tulsa.
  • Organizers say they now have enough signatures to call for a Grand Jury investigation into the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.

In the Local News:

  • A Dallas Firm is hired to review the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • An Owasso State Senator steps down from leadership positions.
  • The investigation continues into the deaths of two men, missing from Rocklahoma.

In the Local News:

  • The bodies of two missing men are found in Lake Eufaula.
  • Gasoline prices jump to $2.49 in Tulsa.
  • Two men walk away from a plane crash at Haskell.

In the local news:

  • Proposals for a series of low water dams moves forward.
  • A program is announced to end chronic homelessness in Tulsa.
  • West Nile turns up in two state residents.

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