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 national Edward R. Murrow 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 has been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and is one of the Tulsa Press Club's Tulsa Media Icons.

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:

  • Federal funds available for Tulsa Route 66 clean-up evaluation.
  • Flooding issues in Oklahoma City.
  • 101st Street South reopens to two-way traffic

In the local news:

  • Despite pay raise, Oklahoma still faces a teacher shortage.
  • Broken Arrow says its water is safe despite that smell.
  • Flash Flooding will be possible across Northeast Oklahoma.

  

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin wants to speed-up rape kit testing.
  • Some Tulsa residents are not happy about a new LED billboard.
  • Tulsa man holds police at bay for several hours.

In the local news:

  • A new parking garage for downtown.
  • Campus cannabis will be illegal at OU and OSU... even with a doctor's note.
  • The search is underway for a missing/endangered Tulsa teen.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers again discuss medical marijuana rules.
  • Petitions seeking a vote on recreational marijuana are submitted.
  • Staff at Berryhill learn how to deal with an active shooter on campus.

In the local news:

  • Green the Vote says it inflated signature numbers.
  • Storms cause scattered damage across Green Country.
  •  Governor Fallin approves campaigning by Tulsa municipal workers.

In the local news:

  • No action on the Lee name change.
  • Tulsa Transit at 50.
  • DPS looks for changes at its Driver's License and Highway Patrol operations.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board will again consider changing the name of Lee Elementary.
  • The NTSB is investigating a fatal plane crash at Ponca City that killed five people.
  • It has been one year since a tornado ravaged the 41st and I-44 shopping region.

In the local news:

  • You'll vote in November on proposed changes to school funding.
  • The University Club Tower is evacuated after a night time fire.
  • Coweta will move forward with its Fall Fest parade.

In the local news:

  • The state health board approves new medical marijuana rules.
  • PSO bills will be dropping.
  • The Sales Tax  Holiday is this weekend.

In local news:

  • An economist voices economic concerns.
  • New life could be ahead for the old downtown OTASCO store.
  • Computer issues prevents the DPS from issuing new driver's licenses in Oklahoma.

The KWGS Digital Update

Jul 31, 2018

In the local news:

  • The clean-up is underway from yesterday's storms.
  • Time is short to register to vote.
  • A fire damages a Tulsa home.

  In the local news:

  • A federal lawsuit demands tribal rights for Black Creek Indians.
  • Boulden named the Tulsa City Council Administrator.
  • Oklahoma's marijuana law may be in limbo, but law enforcement is not.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers take up medical marijuana regulation.
  • The state pharmacy board fires its director.
  • Jabar Shumate says he was forced out at OU. 

In the local news:

  • State officials look for ways to limit childhood trauma.
  • 'Council Oak' is the name selected by a committee to replace Robert E. Lee on a Tulsa school.
  • Four Bixby football players will stand trial accused of raping a team mate. 

  In the local news:

  • The State and the County are are odds over jail expenses.
  • The State Pharmacy Board will discuss its director's fate tomorrow.
  • A vote on recreational marijuana may be years away in Oklahoma.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Nordam files for bankruptcy protection.
  • Tariff talk makes Oklahoma livestock producers very nervous.
  • A teenager is shot and killed by Bixby Police.

In the local news:

  • More feared dead in Branson boating accident.
  • A green light for a new Tulsa Pedestrian Bridge.
  • The A.G. Voices concerns over health department and medical marijuana rules.

In the local news:

  • Dangerous heat is in the forecast.
  • The city council bans juveniles from buying  spray paint.
  • The AG issues an opinion on medical marijuana rules.

In the local news:

  • A new program is underway to bring more food to more hungry Tulsa kids.
  • The State Health Department's attorney resigns after allegedly sending herself threating emails.
  • The debate continues in Tulsa over the Robert E. Lee name. 

In the local news:

  • Reaction to the Trump/Putin meeting.
  • A look at the new OK-Pop design.
  • The AG will review the Health Department's medical marijuana rules.

In the local news:

  • Efforts are underway to revitalize Tulsa's economic development effort.
  • More meetings this week on the Lee School name change.
  • Oklahoma Teachers Learning Through Summer 'Jobs'

In the local news:

  • Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt resigns at federal EPA Chief.
  • A Tulsa Levee study is approved.
  • A primary recount is called off.

In the local news:

  • The state seeks a grant to fight school violence.
  • Two people are rescued at Oologah Lake.
  • Out after curfew, a Tulsa teen is shot early this morning.

In the local news:

  • Medical Marijuana backers want a Special Session to set rules.
  • Amy Shelton will leave the Tulsa School Board.
  • New parking apps go live in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • What run-offs signal to incumbents.
  • Four people shot in a Tulsa robbery.
  • National Guard bus crash leaves one driver dead and nine guardsmen hurting.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma falling in the latest 'Kids' Count' report.
  • Rebates could be ahead to PSO customers.
  • Tulsa's homicide rate takes a dramatic drop.

Our top local stories:

  • High heat expected across Green Country.
  • Last children leave Laura Dester.
  • The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is created.

A KWGS Election Recap

Jun 27, 2018

  

 

A KWGS Election recap:

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