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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In the Local News:

  • Gasoline prices jump 30-cents a gallon in Tulsa in 24-hours.
  • The Tulsa Airport Control Tower is still closed.
  • State Senator James Halligan will not seek re-election.

In the local news:

  • A woman is charged with stealing money from Tulsa's Iron Gate
  • Big Splash gets a new owner.
  • An REI Sporting Goods store gets the approval of the Public Facility Authority.
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A Tulsa woman is charged with two counts of taking money from Tulsa's Iron Gate Food Kitchen. Tanya Moore was charged by the Tulsa County District Attorney's office. She is accused of taking up to $10,000 from the charity that provides hot meals to Tulsa's homeless and disadvantaged. 

Iron Gate Director Connie Cronley tells KWGS she was shocked by the revelation. She says as soon as they noticed accounting irregularities authorities were notified. 

In the Local News:

  • An investigation is underway into the death of a 3-year-old in Broken Arrow.
  • A judge tosses out an Oklahoma abortion law.
  • Illinois River Rangers keep busy with floaters.

In the local news:

  • Democrats open primaries to Independents.
  • A motorcycle accident takes a teen's life in Rogers County.
  • Tulsa's new school superintendent urges principals to become mentors to teachers.

In the Local News:

  • An Excessive Heat Warning is posted for Tulsa.
  • The Macy's Fulfillment Center is dedicated.
  • The Governor  hopes for a rebound in declining oil prices.

In the local news:

  • A 71st and Riverside Sporting Goods Store gets a green light.
  • The 911 audio from the Broken Arrow murders that killed five members of the same family will not be released.
  • Macy's new warehouse opens today.

In the local news:

  • The family of shooting victim Monroe Bird III will file a civil suit in the case.
  • The former spokesman for the Tulsa Sheriff's Office is "looking forward" to testifying before a grand jury.
  • The price at pump continues its slump.

In the local news:

  • A 'Not Guilty' plea for the Bever Brothers.
  • Testing will be cut in the Tulsa Schools.
  • The EPA's clean power plan is facing opposition in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The Bever boys head to court this morning for killing their family at Broken Arrow.
  • A proposed federal transportation bill could impact Oklahoma banks.
  • A traffic crash in west Tulsa County kills an Owasso man.

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