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.

 

 

Ways to Connect

In the local news:

  • Tulsa moves forward with affordable housing goals.
  • A state audit points up concerns at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math.
  • Harold Hamm steps down as CEO of Continental Resources.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma elegation reaction is along party lines to impreachment articles.
  • An Amber Alert child is found safe. Her dad is in jail.
  • A Sallisaw area  teacher is arrested on multiple counts of having sex with students. 

In the local news:

  • Superintendent Gist discusses additional school district cuts.
  • TU offers programs to help students with mental health concerns.
  • Ardmore energy man appointed to OU Regents

In the local news:

  •  Help is offered to former inmates making the transition to freedom. 
  • Thousands take part in the ABATE Toy Ride.
  • A police officer is shot and killed in northwest Arkansas.

In the local news:

  • A dramatic spike in state flu cases.
  • A Tulsa Church catches fire for a second time.
  • Malware is found on Bixby school computers.

In the local news:

  • Closing schools will only save the Tulsa District $2-to-$3 million. The district needs $20-million.
  • Allan Trimble is remembers at a special service attended by thousands.
  • People in Sapulpa are getting stoned by rock throwing vandals.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's School Superintendent will recommend closing four schools.
  • A Tulsa Priest is cleared on a sexual abuse complaint.
  • A Tulsa Cop gets an award from the U.S. Attorney General.

In the local news:

  • The school board hears from patrons over budget cuts.
  • Services are planned for late Jenks Football Coach Allan Trimble.
  • Jenks signs off on a new outlet mall.

Wednesday's Tulsa News

Nov 27, 2019

In the local news:

  • Towns are evacuated after wildfires sweep western Oklahoma.
  • Winds knockout power to parts of Tulsa.
  • A Claremore teacher wins education's "Oscar". 

Tulsa's Tuesday News

Nov 26, 2019

In the local news:

  • RED FLAG FIRE WARNINGS are issued for parts of the area.
  • A-F report cards are disappointing.
  • The Cherokee Nation/OSU Med School is "topped out".

Tulsa's Monday News

Nov 25, 2019

AUDIO: The Local News

Nov 22, 2019

In the Local News:

  • Two Airmen are killed when two military jets collide at the Vance Air Force Base at Enid
  • The state won but will appeal the Johnson and Johnson opioid ruling.
  • Porch pirates have on-line shoppers saying..."Arrrr" (and not in a good way)

KWGS News

 

 

 

Oklahoma prosecutors have cleared a state trooper of wrongdoing after he fatally shot a man who fled from him and another officer.

In the local news:

  • Tourism officals say Tulsa is losing events because of a lawsuit over a hotel room assessment fee.
  • The 911 tapes from the Duncan Walmart parking lot shooting are released.
  • An overnight fire sends one person to the hospital.

In the local news:

  • The Cherokee Nation has a $2.2 Billion impact on Northeast Oklahoma.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court refuses to take up Broken Arrow's appeal regarding regulations of the medical marijuana industry.
  • Clarehouse reopens following a massive sewer flood.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County residents will vote on March if to allow Sunday liquor sales.
  • 3 people are dead in a Walmart parking lot shooting in Duncan.
  • Matt Trotter takes us on an Aero bus ride.

In the local news:

  • Bus Rapid Transit is underway in Tulsa.
  • One man is dead in a Tulsa Park shooting.
  • Fire Officials want to know who is "playing fireman".

In the local news:

  • The Governor and the tribes are still at odds over the gaming compacts.
  • BMX ground breaking is today.
  • The Mayor delivers his State of the City address.

In the local news:

  • A link is explored  between childhood trauma and sexual violence in Oklahoma.
  • A man accused of shooting a process server and making threats against TU is again denied bail.
  • Services are set for murdered Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller.

In the local news:

  • Improve Our Tulsa is approved by voters.
  • 2nd Degree Murder charges are filed in Florida against an Mannford officer.
  • TU tops ORU for city basketball bragging rights.

In the local news:

  • Bitter cold settles over Green County.
  • The Mannford Police Chief is dead. A fellow officer is being held for murder.
  • There are calls to deepen the navigational channel.

In the local news:

  • Bitter cold is settling over Green Country.
  • Improve Our Tulsa goes to voters tomorrow.
  • Juveniles are being questioned about Sand Springs vandalism.

KWGS News File photo

Oklahoma's 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year.

The Tulsa World reports that the tribes say in a letter to state Attorney General Mike Hunter that they remain unified in the belief the compacts renew.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said the 15-year-old compacts expire at the end of the year and wants to renegotiate them to give the state a larger share of casino revenue.

In the Local News:

  • A pardon in granted to a Claremore woman who now helps inmates transition make to society.
  • A woman is shot by police overnight in south Tulsa.
  • Bitter cold will return after a quick weekend warm-up.

In the local news:

  • Real ID moves forward in Oklahoma.
  • 2 state lawmakers back away from Route 66 renaming.
  • Curbside recycling is coming to Broken Arrow.

In the local news:

  • A Flash Flood Watch is issued for the Tulsa metro.
  • A new criminal justice plan is floated.
  • Two Oklahoma lawmakers propose renaming a sectiom of Route 66 "Donald Trump Highway".

The Local News

Nov 5, 2019

In the local news:

  • Inmates are released under retroactive criminal justice reform.
  • A man is killed at Berryhill. Deputies are looking for a suspect.
  • Tulsa teachers get a pay raise.

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