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:

  • The cherokees want a delegate in Congress.
  • The search will begin this fall for victims of the 1921 Race Massacre.
  • A man is arrested a Pawhuska for making threats against the schools.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Sheriff announces a new effort to help addicts stay out of jail.
  • The EPIC Charter School investigation intensifies.
  • Tulsa's top educator wants to keep the pressure on state lawmakers.

In the local news:

  • The 2019-2020 school year begins in Tulsa.
  • Power is restored to about 10,000 PSO customers.
  • New information is coming to light about a state representative's DUI charge.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa book store is again targeted by Neo-Nazis.
  • Mayor expands City's non-discrimination policy to include gender identity.
  • Hamilton opens in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The OSBI hires additional biologists.
  • Beto O'Rouke campaigns in Tulsa.
  • Problems at the Cushing Dam.

In the local news:

  • Route 66 neon could soon come to downtown.
  • Tulsa's Clarehouse evacuated after sewer backup floods end of life facility.
  • A suspect in a church burglary is shot.

In the local news:

  • Diversity in the Police Department is discussed at the Tulsa Equality Indicators meeting.
  • The Cherokees get a new chief.
  • Former Muscogee-Creek Chief George Tiger is named in a federal indictment.

In the local news:

  • Renovation of the Avery Bridge in Tulsa will cost at least $26-million.
  • Chuck Hoskin, Jr. will become the new chief of the Cherokees today.
  • School bond proposals pass at Bartlesville. 

In the local news:

  • Traffic remains stopped on Tulsa's Navigational Channel.
  • Windows are plastered with hate messages in Tulsa.
  • Bartlesville residents vote on a school bond proposal

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is looking for 600 officer cadets.
  • A weekend drowning claims the life of a 29-year-old Tulsan.
  • Cooling Stations are open in Tulsa's high heat.

In the local news:

  • The increase in hate is discussed at a Tulsa forum.
  • The Cherokee Nation increase its minimum wage.
  • A judge again refuses to allow a Tulsa teen to change his plea to murder and rape.

In the local news:

  • A lack of diversity at the Tulsa Police Department is pinpointed at last night's council meeting.
  • The city moves forward the $639-million Improve Our Tulsa tax packages.
  • 19 people are nabbed in a local child sex sting.

In the local news:

  • Downtown's vitality!
  • Monroe prepares for a new mission.
  • Grand Jury Indictments tied to two Tulsa bank robberies in July.

In the local news:

  • Fines are issued for the lack of Tulsa passenger rail.
  • In response to national shootings, Tulsa's mayor says "see something/say something".
  • FEMA says flood assistance deadline is rapidly approaching. 

In the local news:

  • Tribal leaders offer frigid response to Governor's Compact talks.
  • Tulsans gather for immigrant justice.
  • The OHP looks for 80 new troopers.

In the local news:

  • Incoming Cherokee Chief announces housing program.
  • BA school computer system hit with ransom demand.
  • Flash Flooding possible today and tomorrow.

In the local news:

  • The council hears the mayor's plan for the Office of Independent Monitor.
  • A two day search fails to local two missing Welch girls.
  • Del Taco is coming to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • The search resumes for two missing Welch girls.
  • A man is shot and killed in a Cherry Street parking lot.
  • Signature are being collected for a statewide Medicaid expansion vote.

In the local news:

  • Another 'Improve Our Tulsa' town hall meeting is set for tonight.
  • The FEMA deadline for spring storm victims has been extended.
  • Boxing is coming to BA's Rose District.

In the local news:

  • Federal rule changes could affect state SNAP benefits.
  • Services are held at a burned Tulsa Church.
  • Work gets underway on the 67th and South Peoria Rapid Bus Transit station. 

In the local news:

  • The Mass Graves Committee gets into the technical aspects of the search.
  • One person is dead in a Turner Turnpike crash near Tulsa.
  • The River Parks seeks federal dollars to rebuild after the flood.

 

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Councilors learn about the Equality Indicators.
  • Two dead in Tulsa shopping center shooting.
  • Tulsa Transit makes route adjustments.

  

in the local news:

  • An Excessive Heat Warning is issued for Tulsa.
  • A criminal investigation is underway into the Epic Charter School.
  • A Tulsa man is freed from prison after 28-years. 

In the local news:

  • Closing arguments are heard in the state's opioid trial.
  • Gilcrease and Bunche become Franklin.
  • O-Dot wants to hear from you about the future.

In the local news:

  • Turnpike tolls increase for non Pike Pass users.
  • The opioid trial wraps up today.
  • Road rage to blame for double fatality crash.

In the local news:

  • 3 people are shot. Two are dead west of Sand Springs.
  • Improve Our Tulsa moves forward.
  • Westbrook traded by the Thunder.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council hears from the public on the police use of force.
  • Deonte Green is prison bound for murder and rape.
  • Tulsa;s Sobering Center is called a success. 

In the local news:

  • A Heat Advisory is posted for Tulsa.
  • A tribal leader is concerned about upcoming gaming talks with the state.
  • City shows off its Rapid Transit Bus.

In the local news:

  • Homeless rate in Tulsa is up.
  • Governor wants Tulsa Levee study finished quickly.
  • Tulsa's Fire Rating improves.

In the local news:

  • Farmers scramble following the spring floods.
  • The new head of the DHS talks about potential conflicts.
  • Homelessness increases in Tulsa.

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