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:

  • 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.

In the Local News:

  • City committee members look at Tulsa's needs and wants for downtown.
  • The Sac-and-Fox Tribe wants to bring the body of Jim Thorpe back to Oklahoma.
  • The Governor signs new education measures.

In the Local News:

  • The Governor briefs reporters on the efforts to get flood damaged infrastructure repairs.
  • A warning about potentially flood damaged used cars.
  • An Oklahoma woman is arrested for trying to smuggle pot in a Bible

In the Local News:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court sides with a Tulsa Muslim.
  • The OSBI is reviewing the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
  • Tulsa's levee system needs major repair.

Our Top Local Stories:

  • Mayor Bartlett likes the way the Arkansas River looks right now. He wants water in the river full time.
  • Fort Gibson Dam is releasing water at 118,000 cfs this morning.
  • A Tulsa pastor is shot and killed in a scuffle with the OHP.

In the local news:

  • More rain for Tulsa.
  • A lawman is shot during a chase on Highway 169 in Nowata County.
  • Highway repair projects get underway in Tulsa.

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