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:

  • A 71st and Riverside Sporting Goods Store gets a green light.
  • The 911 audio from the Broken Arrow murders that killed five members of the same family will not be released.
  • Macy's new warehouse opens today.

In the local news:

  • The family of shooting victim Monroe Bird III will file a civil suit in the case.
  • The former spokesman for the Tulsa Sheriff's Office is "looking forward" to testifying before a grand jury.
  • The price at pump continues its slump.

In the local news:

  • A 'Not Guilty' plea for the Bever Brothers.
  • Testing will be cut in the Tulsa Schools.
  • The EPA's clean power plan is facing opposition in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • The Bever boys head to court this morning for killing their family at Broken Arrow.
  • A proposed federal transportation bill could impact Oklahoma banks.
  • A traffic crash in west Tulsa County kills an Owasso man.

In the local news:

  • The clock is ticking for  submission of Tulsa Vision ideas.
  • New information on a federal drugs and prostitution raid in Tulsa.
  • Update: An ointment may have made Vinita boys' sunburns worse.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa D.A. wants to cut down meth-making.
  • Philbrook's Director headed to Atlanta.
  • A drug and prostitution sting takes place in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Equality Center will host a Cub Scout Pack.
  • Drilling changes are made in an Oklahoma earthquake zone.
  • 'Boomtown' premiers in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Calls for more earthquake response planning  in Oklahoma.
  • 10-children are hurt in a church bus crash in NE Oklahoma.
  • The State Supreme Court will not reconsider its 10-Commandment ruling.

In the local news:

  • Slicing the "Vision" funding pie.
  • An arrest is made in a triple fatality accident in Tulsa County.
  • An arraignment date is set for a teen accused of killing his Broken Arrow family.

In the local news:

  • Ground is broken for another downtown hotel.
  • City and County leaders squabble over vision funding proposals.
  • More soldiers are headed to Fort Sill.

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