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 member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Durkee was named the Tulsa Press Club's 2016 Tulsa Media Icon.

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:

  • Betty Shelby trial should go to the jury today.
  • A tornado leaves one person dead at Elk City..
  • Lawmakers attempt a "Hail Mary Revenue Plan" but come up short.

In the local news:

  • Officer Betty Shelby takes the stand in her own defense.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes for a consolidation plan.
  • The cigarette tax hike fails in the legislature.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board takes up school consolidation.
  • Week 2 of the Betty Shelby trial begins.
  • Lawmakers resume working on a new state budget.

In the local news:

  • A tornado with 100 mph winds causes damage at Owasso.
  • More testimony in the Officer Betty Shelby manslaughter trial.
  • There will be delays in reopening Riverside Drive at The Gathering Place.

In the local news:

  • The latest in the Betty Shelby manslaughter trial.
  • The Rev. Al Sharpton holds a Tula rally.
  • A new report is critical of Tulsa's roads.

In the local news:

  • The latest on the Betty Shelby trial.
  • Groups rally at the State Capitol on behalf of children.
  • Oil prices are low, but Tulsa gas prices increase.

In the local news:

  • Jury selection continues in the Betty Shelby trial.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office to audition body cameras.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers moves to lower lake levels at Keystone.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for the state.
  • State Farm will exit Tulsa, taking over 500 jobs with it.
  • Keystone Lake levels are continuing to rise.

In the local news:

  • The Governor says she will veto the budget if it guts state government again.
  • A Sapulpa 2nd Grade Teacher is arrested on drug issues.
  • The FOP files an ethics complaint against Tulsa's D.A.

In the local news:

  • BREAKING-- A man is struck and killed while crossing Garnett Road at 53rd Street.
  • The  State House votes to freeze the standard Oklahoma Income Tax deduction at current levels.
  • North Tulsans say they want a grocery store. not another discount variety store.

In the local news:

  • More rain is in the forecast with a Flash Flood Watch for tonight and tomorrow.
  • The teen-mom Margaret Hudson program will cease Tulsa operations.
  • The Tulsa School District considers cutting three dozen teachers from the payroll.

In the local news:

  • Higher Education braces for bigger cuts ahead.
  • Flooding causes problems across eastern Oklahoma.
  • An Oklahoma U.S. Senator rates Donald Trump's first 100-Days in office

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's Death Penalty Review Commission recommends the state extend its death row moratorium.
  • A tornado touches down near the Mayes County town of Adair.
  • More protests against development in a section of Helmerich Park.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County deals with budget issues.
  • Tim Harris will run for Congress.
  • A protest is set for Tulsa Helmerich Park

In the local news:

  • All eyes are on April's revenue figures from the state.
  • One man is dead and one is in custody near Keystone Lake.
  • You have until Friday to decide your favorite pedestrian bridge design for Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • More heavy rain is expected today in the Tulsa Metro.
  • Educators discuss consolidation plan.
  • Murder charges are filed in deputy's death

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council and The Tulsa School Board meet in a rare special session to discuss education funding and KWGS News is there.
  • The state house votes to repeal the tax cut trigger.
  • Rain... and lots of it... on the way for Green Country

In the local news:

  • A Logan County Deputy is shot and killed. A suspect is in custody.
  • The NCAA will return to Tulsa in 2019 for the Men's Basketball Playoff.
  • West side residents ask questions about proposed school closings in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Mental Health Pods open at the Tulsa Jail.
  • The Oklahoma House pays tribute to the late David Brumbaugh,
  • New parking meters are being installed in the Brady Arts District.

In the local news:

  • The education funding crisis deepens in Oklahoma.
  • Services are pending for Broken Arrow State Representative David Brumbaugh.
  • The tax filing deadline is rapidly approaching.

Three people are dead following a shooting in Coffeyville. Just after 10 last night Coffeyville Police were called to 208 S. Maple for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers found three people at the home. All three had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased have been identified as Reginald L. Johnson, 50, of Coffeyville; Kimberly K. Bell, 47, of Coffeyville; and a 17-year-old juvenile. The name of the juvenile has not been released.

In the local news:

  • A science bill clears a house committee. Sponsor says it contains nothing "Wacko", other disagree.
  • Tulsa School officials urge patrons to lobby lawmakers for school funding.
  • U.S/Russian expert agrees relations are near an all time low.

In the local news:

  • Legal motions are heard in the Officer Betty Shelby manslaughter case.
  • School budgets across the state are trimmed, again.
  • Tulsa gets a new jail administrator.

In the local news:

  • Allegations of abuse are leveled at Tulsa's Shadow Mountain
  • Tulsa's Congressman is met with jeers and cheers at a town hall meeting.
  • The Margaret Hudson program gets needed cash.

In the local news:

  • ODOT agrees to be part of the Gilcrease Expressway construction.
  • A state email causes an uproar during LGBTQ lobbying at the state capitol
  • All Souls will move to an all new location.

  •  Small Energy Producers call for equal taxation across the industry.
  • Money is raised to buy the Bever Family murder scene and tear it down.
  • The Health industry is worried about state cuts and the impact on care.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma is leaving money on the table rather than food.
  • A Tulsa Judge reprimands Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for discussing her murder case on 60-Minutes.
  • A Silver Alert is issued for an elderly Tulsa County couple with dementia.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board hears plans for closing three west side schools to save money.
  • Tulsa learns about becoming "dementia friendly".
  • Another Tulsa business is closing. This time it is a Payless Shoe store.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board will discuss budget cuts tonight and how the cuts will impact the district.
  • State revenue misses the mark, again.
  • The election results from yesterday's balloting.

In the local news:

  • More school cuts appear likely in Oklahoma.
  • This is an election day in Tulsa County.
  • No charges will be filed against the shooter in a Broken Arrow home invasion.

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