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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KWGS Newscast 11-18-17

Jan 12, 2017

In the local news:

  • Tulsa prepares for possible ice.
  • Officer Betty Shelby wants charges dismissed in the Terence Crutcher case.
  • A local lawmaker wants to put caps on the Wind Energy Tax Credit.

In the local news:

  • The DHS says it must have more money to finish the year.
  • An audit is critical of the Tulsa Jail Inmate Accounts
  • The Chili Bowl is back.

In the local news:

  • The health care benefits of PAs in rural Oklahoma.
  • A warm-up and then an ice storm ahead for Oklahoma this week.
  • The trial of Adacia Chambers is set for tomorrow.

In the local news:

  • The latest on the snow impact.
  • A Rogers County child dies from the flu.
  • What will store closings mean to city sales tax numbers?

In the local news:

  • Educators ask for $2.6 Billion for next year's budget.
  • A Tulsa Macy's store is closing.
  • Digital Health Information: A wave of the future for Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's embattled Dan Kirby is seated as an Oklahoma House Member after an hour long debate.
  • Broken Arrow gets a new school superintendent.
  • A man and a woman are arrested after their children are found wandering a west Tulsa street, barefoot and without coats.

In the local news:

  • One person is killed in a hit and run crash near 95th and South Sheridan.
  • The head of the Highway Patrol says the lack of money is preventing troopers from fulfilling their mission.
  • Newly elected leaders take over at Tulsa County today.

In the local news:

  • It was former House Speaker Jeff Hickman who authorized Kirby's $44,000 payout of state funds to pay for a sexual harassment settlement.
  • A fiery crash in Creek County injures 12 people.
  • Oklahoma records its first flu death of the season.

In the local news:

  • Filling the Gap! Lawmakers face an $869-Million budget hole.
  • Calls for Dan Kirby's resignation from the legislature.
  • Contraband found at a state prison dairy.

State of Oklahoma-File Photo

There are more questions than answers and virtually no one is talking; at least not on the record.

The Tulsa World and the Oklahoman both reported this morning  Tulsa State Representative Dan Kirby used state funds to settle a sexual harassment complaint from his former administrative assistant.  The amount is reported to be over 44-thousand dollars to the assistant and her attorney. There was no lawsuit.

In the local news:

  • The state's projected budget hole will be deeper than first believed.
  • Tulsa hits 80 homicides for the year.
  • New oil and gas drilling regulations are announced.

In the local news:

  • Despite a looming budget shortfall, an Oklahoma tax cut could be ahead.
  • The Tulsa School Board approves a new program to improve outcomes at north side elementary schools.
  • Donald Trump gets all 7 Oklahoma electoral votes.

In the Local News:

  • State officials brace for a $600-million budget hole.
  • A Tulsa man is shot and killed by police. Officers speculate he killed his wife before pointing a shotgun at officers.
  • A former Tulsa Police Corporal seeks early release from prison.

In the local news:

  • Enjoy today,  for tomorrow we freeze.
  • The state revamps the A-F grade system for Oklahoma schools.
  • OK-POP officially gets a home.

In the local news:

  • Ice and snow could be headed to Tulsa this weekend.
  • Officer Betty Shelby due in court this morning.
  • State lawmakers will face another multi-million dollar budget hole.

In the local news:

  • The Broken Arrow Schools promise continuity, but are still not discussing the sudden resignation of its superintendent.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court tosses out another state abortion law.
  • Four students are hurt in a school bus crash.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office is looking at outsourcing courthouse security.
  • Broken Arrow Schools will hold a news conference later today.
  • Senator Lankford would support a review of alleged Russian election hacking

In the local news:

  • Hateful rhetoric is making Tulsa Hispanics nervous, including those here with documentation.
  • One person is dead after a stabbing at an Inola rodeo.
  • The Highway Patrol says budget cuts are impeding its ability to address public safety.

In the local news:

  • Broken Arrow ends its contract with its school superintendent.
  • A new plan is suggested to address Oklahoma teacher pay.
  • A part-time Tulsa Zoo employee is arrested for child pornography.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma A.G. Pruitt tabbed to head Donald Trump's EPA.
  • A south Tulsa house fire destroys a home.
  • Plans are announced for new life at the Tulsa Club.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's street people scurry to get out of the cold.
  • An economic conference warns Oklahoma not to mirror Kansas.
  • Mayor Bynum meets with educators.

In the local news:

  • A blast of cold air is headed to Oklahoma.
  • G.T. Bynum becomes Tulsa's 40th Mayor.
  • A lawsuit is filed over last month's Cushing 5.0 earthquake.

Public Radio Tulsa

G.T. Bynum will be sworn in as Tulsa's next mayor this afternoon.Swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Councilors Vanessa Hall-Harper and Ben Kimbro will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. 

City Auditor Cathy Criswell and City Council members Anna America, Jeannie Cue, Connie Dodson, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Phil Lakin and David Patrick will also take part in the ceremony. 

Mayor G.T. Bynum will serve a four-year term as Mayor of Tulsa and the auditor and councilors will serve two-year terms.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets a new Mayor later today
  • More earthquakes rattle north central Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma tribal leaders praise a decision to not grant permits for a North Dakota pipeline project.

KWGS News/State of Oklahoma

In the local news:

  • Many Tulsans are still dealing with tornado clean-up following the March tornado.
  • Vandals shoot out Tulsa car windows overnight.
  • Mayor Bartlett moves out of City Hall.

In the local news:

  • Budget problems will limit driving to 100 miles per day.
  • A plan to increase revenue by $60 million dollars is shared by Mayor Bartlett.
  • Fires keep firefighters busy in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets a half-million dollar grant to fight crime and plight near 61st and South Peoria.
  • The chemical fire still burns at Neodesha, Kansas.
  • A Tulsa Police stand-off ends when a robbery suspect surrenders.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin meets with the President-Elect.
  • Dual earthquakes shake Cushing this morning.
  • Broken Arrow leaders push for education funding.

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