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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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts and ex-GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain are scheduled to make several appearances in the state on behalf of Newt Gingrich. Watts and Cain will campaign in Oklahoma on Monday as part of the "$2.50 Gas Tour," which is making stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Midwest City. Gingrich has campaigned on the suggestion that gas prices would be lower if he were elected president. Watts served as a member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission before winning election to Congress from Oklahoma's 4th District.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another warm, windy day could mean another active day of wildfires in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning for 16 counties in far western Oklahoma for noon to 7 p.m. Monday. Besides temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees statewide, southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts and a low relative humidity in the 15 to 20 percent range are expected in the warning area. Forecasters warned that any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Despite recent rainfall, grass and other vegetation remains dormant and dry.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to conclude their case in the federal bribery and extortion trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate. Testimony resumes Friday in the trial of former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. Defense attorneys are expected to begin questioning witnesses on Monday. Morgan, of Stillwater, is accused of conspiring with lobbyist William Skeith of Edmond and attorney N. Martin Stringer of Oklahoma City to illegally accept more than $400,000 from three companies that sought his influence on pending legislation between 2005 and 2008.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state board has rejected clemency for a death row inmate convicted in the brutal death of his wife 16 years ago. Lawyers for Timothy Shaun Stemple asked the Pardon and Parole Board for mercy. The panel voted 4-1 against. Stemple, who is 46, faces a March 15 execution date for the death of his wife, Trisha. Prosecutors say Stemple beat the woman with a baseball bat, then ran over her with his pickup truck along U.S. Highway 75 in Tulsa. A defense witness told the parole board that Trisha Stemple's injuries were consistent with that of a highway crash.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman is apologizing for suggesting that "killing a couple" of U.S. senators may be the only way to get a budget passed through Congress. U.S. Rep. John Sullivan made the comments Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Bixby. When asked about federal spending, the Tulsa Republican expressed his frustration with the Senate for failing to pass a budget.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Angered by a lawsuit challenging a scholarship program for children with disabilities, an Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill that would abolish a section of the state constitution that prohibits the use of public money for religious purposes.

A resolution seeking a statewide vote passed the House Rules Committee on Wednesday on an 11-1 vote. If given final approval, the resolution would be placed on the November general election ballot.

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