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:

  • Factions for and against President Trump clash in a Tulsa park.
  • Personalized Learning is discussed at the state capitol.
  • Searchers will take a break in the hunt for mass graves tied to the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

In the local news:

  • A state representative calls out Tulsa Police over what she calls the abuse of Black Tulsans.
  • A missing Autistic teenager from Foyil is found safe.
  • The investigation continues into the a shooting at Miami that left father and daughter dead.

In the local news:

  • The search for mass graves tied to the 1921 race massacre moves to Newblock Park.
  • The opioid judge admits to a math mistake in calculating Johnson and Johnson's fine.
  • The search is underway for a missing Autistic teen from Foyil.

In the local news:

  • Turley residents meet with Tulsa Transit.
  • Residents in the Pearl District say a retention pond is not needed.
  • An elderly woman dies after being struck by a car in a Walmart parking lot. 

In the local news:

  • New port facilities are coming to Inola.
  • Inmates are training of early release transition.
  • Freeze Watch for Tulsa metro.

KWGS' Morning News

Oct 10, 2019

In the local news:

  • Storms are expected today in Green County.
  • The search continues for mass graves.
  • Lankford discusses the Impreachment Inquiry with civic leaders.

In the local news:

  • Search continues for mass graves tied to the 1921 Race Massacre.
  • A closed Tulsa Rec-Center to get new life.
  • A pop-up flu clinic is held in Tulsa

Tulsa's Top News

Oct 8, 2019

In the local news:

  • The search is underway for long rumored mass graves tied to the 1921 Race Massacre.
  • The Cherokee Nation expands its health options.
  • A lawsuit challenges permitless carry.

In the local news:

  • Repairs continue on the USS Batfish.
  • Ground penetrating radar will be used today to search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
  • 25 late Tulsa Fire fighters are remembered in a weekend service.

In the local news:

  • Real ID gets another extension.
  • The DOC relaxes some prison restrictions.
  • The wildfire season approaches.

In the local news:

  • The Catholic Church in Tulsa releases the names of 11 clerics that are "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors.
  • The Muscogee-Creek Nation Supreme Court wants an election do-over.
  • Changes are ahead on Oklahoma's Death Row.

In the local news:

  • State lawmakers study the spring flooding.
  • Sand Springs dedicates its new Public Safety Center.
  • Creek Nation A.G. wants a new election for tribal chief.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Senator James Lankford weighs in on the impeachment inquiry.
  • "Put on your blouse!" Oklahoma's A.G. says a Circuit Court Ruling does not apply to Oklahoma.
  • Cherokees donate $200K to help Webbers Falls fix a flood damaged water line. 

In the local news:

  • New report from the CDC ranks Oklahoma as one of the fattest states.
  • Topless women roller blade in the Riverparks.
  • Left turn yield lights come to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa County teen is Oklahoma's first vaping patient.
  • The search for mass graves will be expanded in Tulsa.
  • PSO will lower its utility bills. 

In the local news:

  • Another discussion on the Tulsa Equality Indicators.
  • The mayor revises his OIM plan.
  • Two views from Oklahomans in Washington.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma prison restrictions are being eased.
  • New jobs are coming to Tulsa.
  • More rain is on the way.

In the local news:

  • The Sheriff's Office announces fair security plans.
  • Bobcats spotted in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
  • Changes come to Tulsa Transit.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's port is still closed to navigation.
  • The Creeks narrow the field for chief.
  • Bernie Sanders campaigns in Oklahoma.

Friday's Local News

Sep 20, 2019

In the local news:

  • The Race Massacre Commission gives a sneak peek into the Black Wall Street Museum.
  • A Tulsa Doctor is indicted for operating a pill mill.
  • Governor Stitt holds a cabinet meeting in Owasso.

In the local news:

  • More questions and answers regarding the Tulsa School District budget cuts.
  • A drug ring, operated behind prison walls is busted.
  • Cherokee Business workers see a minimum wage hike.

In the local news:

  • The prison brawls were gang related.
  • A McAlester teen is arrested for school threats. She had recently purchased an AK47
  • A small plane overshoots an Owasso runway.

In the local news:

  • State Prisons are locked down after weekend fights.
  • The BOK Center is getting a $4.7 million renovation.
  • Two Oklahoma Congressional Represenatives. Two views of gun control.

In the local news:

  • The AG orders DIY rate kits off the market in Oklahoma.
  • Dr. Gary Cox will be the next head of the State Health Department.
  • The Sheriff's Office cracks down on Turley crime

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's City Council continues looking into the city's Equality Indicators.
  • Oklahoma native T. Boone Pickens has died.
  • A Tulsa church gets its steeple back.

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers hear about reinstating HB 1017 benchmarks.
  • The Jenks Schools has a new safety app.
  • Sign grants will be issued one-at-a-time.

In the local news:

  • The transportation of non-violent mental health patients goes under review at the state capitol.
  • Sand Springs Police discusses this month's fatal police shooting.
  • The Epic Virtural Charter School wants an investigation into comments made by a state senator.

In the local news:

  • The Mayor pulls the proposal of an Office of Independent Monitor.
  • Three people are found murdered at Beggs.
  • School resumes at Webbers Falls.

In the local news:

  • A petition to stop permitless carry comes up short.
  • Moms vow to support Red Flag gun laws in Oklahoma.
  • Millions are missing from law enforcement pension fund.

The KWGS Local News

Sep 5, 2019

In the local news:

  • Educators are not surprised by pending TPS cuts.
  • Former EPIC teachers sue for wrongful termination.
  • Our soggy summer was the wettest on record.

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