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.

 

 

Ways to Connect

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin wants state Planned Parenthood contracts canceled.
  • The State Supreme Court takes up a proposed education sales tax.
  • As the earthquakes continue,  injection wells near Cherokee are shut down.

In the local news:

  • State lawmakers debate the Real ID Act.
  • A 4.7 earthquake shakes northern Oklahoma.
  • More jobs are coming to Tulsa and others leave.

In the Local News:

  • A national group hands out grades for Oklahoma roads and bridges. We need to study more.
  • Senator Inhofe wants Syrian refugees out of the U.S.
  • A study on the Tulsa Fire Department may hamper a tax renewal vote.

In the local news:

  • Overnight storms roll through Green Country.
  • The Governor wants to limit Syrian Refugees into Oklahoma.
  • The Vice President comes to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A stormy night could be ahead for Oklahoma.
  • G.T. Bynum will run for mayor of Tulsa.
  • Oklahoma is number one in earthquakes.

In the Local News:

  • Ethics complaints are filed against the Governor.
  • The DHS looks for more foster families.
  • David Boren's Education Tax is challenged in Court.

In the Local News:

  • Crews assess the damage from Oklahoma wildfires.
  • The OSSAA modifies its playoff prayer rules.
  • A man is arrested for the prison-drone.
KWGS News

Voters in Broken Arrow and Bixby approved the Vision Sales Tax renewal questions that were on yesterday's ballots. At Sand Springs, voters approve a new franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas.

A Republican businessman and a Democrat teacher appear poised to meet up in a general election for an Oklahoma Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's former sheriff appears in court.
  • A supermarket returns to Crystal City after two decades.
  • The OCC tightens regulations around earthquake-prone Medford.

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