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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Tulsa's Friday News

14 hours ago

In the local news:

  • Policies announced to lower Oklahoma smoking rates.
  • The GRDA sends crews to help restore power in Florida.
  • Sex allegations are made against a Langston Hughes bus driver.

The Top News from KWGS

Oct 11, 2018

In the local news: 

  • Banking and medical marijuana.
  • A new VA center is coming to Ardmore.
  • Flooding at Blackwell.

In the local news:

  • A new program is set to help ease re-incarcerations in Tulsa County.
  • The Governor issues a State of Emergency following this week's storms.
  • An education rally is set at the state capitol just ahead of next month's election.

In the local news:

  • A new report is out on school spending and test score results.
  • Tulsa celebrates "Native American Day".
  • The cleanup continues in Fairfax from Sunday's tornado.

In the local news:

  • Legitmate opioid users voice concern over a new state law.
  • A tornado causes damage and injuries in the Osage County town of Fairfax.
  • The USS Tulsa is headed to San Diego.

Immigration Impact

Oklahoma's top election official says voter registration is surging prior to the Nov. 6 general election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Friday almost 2.1 million people were registered to vote in the state at the end of September. Ziriax says more than 76,000 people have registered to vote since Jan. 15. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 12.

  In the local news:

  • A family wants the DA to investigate a tazing and death.
  • A small plane crashes near Wagoner.
  • LaFortune's Par-3 golf course reopens after a make over.

In the local news:

  • Juveniles with "life with no parole" sentences could be getting parole.
  • Moore and O'Brien are named to the Tulsa City Council.
  • Protests are planned over the Gathering Place's gun regulations.

In the local news:

  • American Airlines announces non-stop service between Tulsa and L.A.
  • A break in Tulsa County's oldest cold case.
  • The BOK Center is again named "Arena of the Year". 

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County eliminates at liquor tax.
  • County leaders get raises.
  • The health department is again offering free flu shots.

In the local news:

  • Strong beer and wine go on sale at Oklahoma supermarkets today.
  • Tulsa's Educare gets a new leader.
  • A body is recovered from the Arkansas River west of downtown.

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was recorded at 7:45 a.m. Saturday about 14 miles  southwest of Perry, located 58 miles north of Oklahoma City.

About an hour later, the USGS says a second temblor was recorded in northwestern Oklahoma. Geologists say the 2.7 magnitude temblor was recorded about 11 miles north of Taloga, about 90 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damages were reported. Geologists say damage isn't likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

In the local news:

  • Another 412 emergency teaching certificates are approved in the state.
  • OU-Tulsa gets a grand to expand early education monitoring.
  • The Tulsa State Fair is underway. What is new?

The KWGS News Morning

Sep 27, 2018

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council delays actio of a medical marijuana moratorium.
  • PSO seeks a rate increase.
  • Rides are inspected at the Tulsa State Fair.

KWGS News

Just in advance of the Tulsa State Fair opening, all rides get a thorough inspection. Labor Commissioner Melissa Houston says eight inspectors are checking every ride on the midway. The inspectors have combined experience of more than 50 years doing the job.

If a ride doesn’t pass inspection, it’s shut down until it can meet requirements. Members of the Labor Department will stay on the fairgrounds during the run of the fair in case problems crop up later. There are 66 rides on the Tulsa midway this year.

In the local news:

  • A new report shows Oklahoma's finances are improving.
  • A lawsuit is filed against Broken Arrow's new medical marijuana ordinance.
  • Sonic is sold for $2.3 Billion.

In the local news:

  • The candidates for Governor discuss the issues.
  • Lawmakers consider reworking the teacher funding formula.
  • OSU opens a clinic to fight substance abuse.

In the local news:

  • The change over under Oklahoma's evolving liquor laws is one week away.
  • A new fire station is dedicated at Sand Springs.
  • A motorcycle wreck takes a life on a Tulsa expressway.

In the local news:

  • A major cool down and heavy rain for Green Country.
  • Tulsa moves to make immigrants feel welcome.
  • Tulsa remembers Council Chair David Patrick

In the local news:

  • A 2-alarm fire guts a large section of Tulsa's River Chase Apartments.
  • The State Chamber wants medical marijuana laws clarified.
  • The estate of Amber Hilberling sues the Department of Corrections.

In the local news:

  •  Broken Arrow will charge medical marijuana dispensaries an annual $2,500 fee.
  • Tulsa celebrates the 918.
  • Fake drugs kill one person and leave another hospitalized in Oklahoma.

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Sep 18, 2018

In the local news:

  • The ABLE Commission discusses liquor law changes.
  • An Owasso student is arrested after brining  a loaded gun to school.
  • Jania Wester is appointed to the Tulsa School Board.

In the local news:

  • Despite increasing student loan debt, a state officials says Oklahoma is still a higher education bargain.
  • The PAC would like your input.
  • Game Wardens make a huge illegal marijuana harvest.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Virtual Chater Schools go under the legislature's microscope.
  • Ground is broken for a major development at Pryor.
  • Tulsa hosts a medical marijuana business expo.

In the local news:

  • PSO will head south, rather than east, to help with storm recovery.
  • Scott Pruitt doesn't metition office perks in disclosure form.
  • Police say a man was shot while breaking into an ex-girl friend's home. 

In the local news:

  • Oklahomans will aid in east coast hurricane recovery.
  • The Gathering Place's gun policy is under the mircoscope.
  • Karen Gilbert will head Crime Stoppers.

In the local news:

  • A new Riverside Drive review.
  • Bixby football players will be tried in Juvenile Court.
  • Two death in Tulsa crash.
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In the local news:

  • Riverside Drive reopens in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa's  Gathering Place celebrates its first weekend.
  • Tulsa Gasoline prices are up 21-cents on the year.

In the local news:

  • TCC plans a 50th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Final touches on the Gathering Place are being done ahead of tomorrow's opening.
  • Edmondson outlines his education plans.

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