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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In the local news:

  • While extensive, tornado damage is not expected to be enough for federal aid.
  • Efforts are underway to save the north Tulsa home used in the movie version of 'The Outsiders'.
  • Tulsa man killed in fatal car crash on South Sheridan.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa tornado is rated as an EF-2 with 120 mph winds.
  • The Wagoner County Sheriff is indicted for a bribe.
  • Health officials have a plan to re-invent Insure Oklahoma.
     

Hear KWGS' 6:30 a.m. newscast with:

  • Damage updates from Mayor Bartlett.
  • Comments from 1st responders on injuries.
  • Eyewitnesses.
  • Power Updates
  • School closings

In the Local News:

  • Plans for an East Tulsa outlet mall are dead.
  • Oklahoma will cut Medicaid reimbursements by 25%.
  • Williams begins Tulsa layoffs.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A grand jury conducting a closed-door investigation into drug mix-ups during the last two scheduled lethal injections in Oklahoma is resuming its work.

The multicounty grand jury directed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office resumed its session on Tuesday and is scheduled to meet through Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The panel is looking into how the wrong drug was used to execute an inmate in January 2015 and then delivered again for a scheduled lethal injection in September. It could issue a final report this week.

In the local news:

  • School districts sue the state over funding.
  • Two larger-than-normal earthquakes rattle north central Oklahoma.
  • North Tulsa leaders urge Vision passage.

In the local news:

  • Cuts ahead for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
  • A fire at the Pier 51 Marina at Lake Keystone damages over a half-dozen boats.
  • Pressure is building for the Governor to take action against her Budget Director

In the local news:

  • The latest on the Williams/ETE merger deal.
  • An update on the major wildfire burning toward Alva.
  • Tunnel work begins at the Gathering Place.
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Construction engineers are giving the media tours of progress being made at the Gathering Place.

The new, privately funded, park is to open its first phase next year. Construction Supervisor Jeff Stava told KWGS News today, the construction work is slightly ahead of schedule. He credits the mild and dry winter.

The massive land bridges that will link the Gathering Place to the River Parks are now being shipped to the park and "craned into place". Stava says the bridges will create a traffic tunnel along Riverside Drive. The arches are being constructed in Broken Arrow.

In the local news:

  • Confusion at the State Capitol over education standards.
  • Williams may leave Tulsa if merge goes through.
  • Wildfires continue to burn across Oklahoma.

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