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.

 

 

Ways To Connect

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.

In the Local News:

  • Keystone Lake continues to rise.
  • OU and TU share a multi-million dollar health grant.
  • The Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council gets a new director.

In the local news:

  • Flooding stops barge traffic in and out of the Tulsa Port.
  • Bids are sought for the review of the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A man is in jail after leaving his car on the rail road tracks in West Tulsa.

In the Local News:

  • More rain is in the forecast for this week.
  • Flooding problems subside in the Tulsa area.
  • The rain will bring an increase in mosquitoes this summer.

In the local news:

  • A Flash Flood Watch is posted for the much of Oklahoma, including Tulsa.
  • OK-Pop fails in the state house. Backers are expected to try again today.
  • Hayden Griffith graduates at Ramona without a feather in her cap.

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma House approves the $7.1 billion state budget. The senate takes it up today.
  • The Okmulgee District Attorney will take over the investigation into the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
  • Plans are announced for a Route 66 museum in Tulsa.

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