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 national Edward R. Murrow 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 has been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and is one of the Tulsa Press Club's Tulsa Media Icons.

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:

  • Educators list demands to avoid a walkout.
  • The Salvation Army will offer to help if teachers leave the classroom.
  • Flu deaths are up again this week in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The OEA moves up the date for a teacher's protest.
  • Bixby football players are arraigned on rape charges.
  • Charles McCall gets another term as the Oklahoma House Speaker.

In the local news:

  • The house okays a measure expanding the 'Stand Your Ground' law to church.
  • The OEA gives lawmakers a deadline for a teacher raise.
  • Drug overdose deaths increase in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa teachers plan to only work the hours they are paid.
  • The Tulsa School Board hears from the public on whether to change some school names.
  • The Governor pushes forward a criminal justice reform measure.

In the local news:

  • Fatality crash closes the Broken Arrow Expressway.
  • The School Board takes up renaming some Tulsa Schools.
  • Red Flag Fire Warning posted for Tulsa Metro.

In the local news:

  • Pastors urge lawmakers to rethink gun regulations in Oklahoma.
  • Charges are filed in the sexual assault of a Bixby football player.
  • The flu death toll grows in Oklahoma.

In the Local News:

  • Teachers with guns; two reports.
  • Tulsa's new municipal jail opens.
  • Tulsa Transit holds a public meeting on expansion plans.

KWGS' Top Local Stories

Feb 28, 2018

In the local news:

  • The governor signs the budget cut bill.
  • School threats keep officers busy.
  • Ground is broken for a new TCC project.

Balanced News from KWGS

Feb 27, 2018

In the local:

  • Tulsa Dreamer reacts to the DACA repeal delay.
  • Sink hole opens on West Edison as sewer line caves.
  • Education funding is again a sticking point at the Oklahoma capitol.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's new municipal jail could open this week.
  • A mud-puddle mishap sends a Tulsa man to the hospital.
  • The Illinois River crests near Tahlequah.

In the local news:

  • Work begins on Tulsa's Sobering Center.
  • A Tulsa robber is shot during a liquor store heist.
  • The flu claims more Oklahomans. 

In the local news:

  • A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon.
  • The State Department of Education requests a nearly $3-billion budget.
  • Remembering Billy Graham's ties to Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • More freezing rain is in the forecast.
  • Changes at the top at Edison High School.
  • The state will face another budget hole. It is just not as deep as in the past.

The Local Tuesday News

Feb 20, 2018

In the local news:

  • Teachers in Oklahoma debate a walkout over pay and funding.
  • The license of a Tulsa doctor is suspended.
  • Progress in reported on fixing Tulsa's streets.

In the local news:

  • Mayor says BMX project is on schedule.
  • Oil spills into Yukon pond.
  • Finally, some rain!

In the local news:

  • State budgets are being cut .66%.
  • Democrats side with a Republican candidate for Governor.
  • The Flu says a modern day record.

In the local news:

  • Air BNB will collect taxes on Tulsa rentals.
  • The Tulsa School District responds to the Florida school shootings.
  • Students at Edison High protest school's learning environment.

In the local news:

  • House Democrats want the GOP to come to the table and talk about budget issues.
  • Fallin aide Preston Doerflinger hangs up his many governmental hats.
  • Tulsa's new Community Response Team is rolling. 

In the local news:

  • The Step-Up Oklahoma plans fails in the state house.
  • Tulsa arts patron George Kravis dead at 79.
  • School board and bond issues on today's ballot at Tulsa, Union and Broken Arrow.

In the local news:

  • State workers join teachers wanting a pay raise.
  • A key vote is set for today on 'Step Up Oklahoma'.
  • Tulsa Police investigate a homicide.

In the local news:

  • A portion of 'Step-Up Oklahoma' clears a house committee.
  • Bixby gets a new school board member.
  • The flu sets a record for Oklahoma hospitalizations.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa jury finds Stanley Majors guilty in the hate crime murder of his neighbor.
  • A Mexican drug cartel related drug and smuggling ring is smashed in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa bank robbery suspect arrested in Joplin.

In the local news:

  • Proposed changes at the state health department.
  • Wind energy fights back against tax proposals.
  • The Stanley Majors trial is headed to the jury

In the local news:

  • The Governor delivers her State of the State.
  • We have reaction to the speech.
  • Patrons voice concerns over "incidents" at Edison High School

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin delivers the State of the State later today.
  • Wintry weather causes problems in far northeast Oklahoma. More such weather expected here tomorrow.
  • Steady as we go! We have the latest on the regional economy.

In the local news:

  • Flu deaths spike in Oklahoma.
  • A woman is found dead at a Tulsa mall.
  • Frontier Airlines offers new flights.

In the local news:

  • New TSA screening rules going into effect at Tulsa International.
  • Members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation where on board the Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash.
  • Penney's will close its Bartlesville mall store.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's new city jail is less than a month away from accepting inmates.
  • Traffic is flowing on Highway 11 following yesterday's hazardous material spill near the International Airport.
  • An Edison High School teacher is accused of sending an inappropriate message to some of her students.

In the local news:

  • A fiscal investigation expands to the state Tourism Department.
  • Testimony begins in the Majors hate crime murder trial in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa County moves forward with its plan to relocate county offices.

In the local news:

  • Unless Oklahoma teachers get a raise, the exodus from the profession is expected to get worse.
  • ICE rounds up Oklahoma "criminal" illegals.
  • Stanley Majors opening statements set for this morning.

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