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 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.

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