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:

  • The city is calculating the budget cost of  last month's flooding.
  • The body of a missing Skiatook woman is found in Osage County.
  • The Governor wants his legislative Honeymoon to continue.

In the local news:

  • Google again expands its Oklahoma operation.
  • River Spirit reopens one week from today.
  • Warning about flooded cars making to the local market.

In the local news:

  • The wet weather is catching the blame for the pest boom in Tulsa.
  • More rain is on the way.
  • Broken Arrow considers a huge raise for its teachers.

In the local news:

  • There is heated debate at the Tulsa County Commission over immigration.
  • The recent Cherokee Election is being challenged.
  • Flood victims are warned about the dangers of mold. 

In the local news:

  • Webbers Falls struggles to rebound from flooding.
  • Tulsans wonder "What is that smell?"
  • More counties are added to the FEMA list. 

In our local news:

  • Flash Floods result in Tulsa water rescues.
  • Tulsa has a growing problem with STI.
  • Tulsa Tough rolls starting today.

In the local news:

  • A flash flood watch is issues for Tulsa.
  • The recovery effort continues from recent flooding.
  • Tulsa Tough will not have to alter this weekend's course.

In the local news:

  • Vice-President Pence tours Tulsa metro flood damage.
  • Scams are targeting flood victims.
  • The Oklahoma DHS gets a new director,

In the local news:

  • The Vice-President will visit Oklahoma flood damage.
  • The state's opioid trial continues.
  • A woman is killed at a Tulsa laundromat. 

In the local news:

  • The clean up is underway from flooding.
  • The President has declared Tulsa, Musokgee and Wagoner Counties Disaster Areas.
  • The Cherokees elect Chuck Hoskin, Jr as the next chief.

In the local news:

  • Residents voice frustrations with flooded homes.
  • Water is dropping by Mayor says danger is not over.
  • Recovery is expected to be a long term event.

In the local news:

  • Keystone's lake level is down 2-feet.
  • More evacuations are ordered at Bixby.
  • A woman is arrested for reportedly making a false flood rescue.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa levee system called "fragile".
  • Police are issuing tickets to sightseers.
  • The Muskogee Mayor reassures residents about water supply.

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Levee System holds.
  • More rain in the forecast.
  • Clean-up continues from weekend tornadoes and storms.

In the local news:

  • Corps ups Keystone outflow to 275K cfs.
  • The levees are holding.
  • The clean-up from tornado damage is underway.

...Still Yet More Rain

May 25, 2019
KWGS News Photo

Thunderstorms are expected to develop to the west of the area again this afternoon, and spread east into mainly northeast Oklahoma late this afternoon or this evening. A few of these storms may be severe, with large hail and damaging winds being the main threat. The greatest severe weather potential will be to the north and northwest of Tulsa. Locally heavy rainfall will also be possible with the storms, and this may result in some localized flash flooding.

In the local news:

  • Water flow reaches 254,000 CFS from Keystone Dam.
  • Evacuations along the Arkansas River are underway.
  • Runaway barges hit the  Webbers Falls lock and dam, but cause only minor damage.

In the local news:

  •  Tornado damage and injuries confirmed at Jay.
  • Keystone Dam out flow at 210,000 cubic feet per second. The in flow is still greater.
  • Tulsa County residents seek higher ground

In the Local News:

  • Webbers Falls told to evacuate.
  • Flooding concern growing for Tulsa County.
  • More rain is in the forecast

In the local news:

  • Severe Weather likely today and tonight.
  • Some school districts --- Including TPS --- have closed because of threat.
  • Weekend tornado at Bixby and EF-0.

In the local news:

  • Criminal justice reform moves forward in the legislature.
  • Strong storms headed to Green Country.
  • New stalls for Tulsa's horse shows.

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma becomes the 24th state, as the nationwide measles outbreak spreads.
  • State budget leaders come to terms on a spending plan.
  • High schoolers begin getting their diplomas from the TPS.

In the local news:

  • The Muskogee paper mill fire leaves 800 temporarily out of work.
  • Tulsa's High Schools begin graduation tonight.
  • Water levels drop at Keystone Lake.

In the local news:

  • The release rate from Keystone Dam reaches 100,000 cubic feet per second.
  • Tulsa County's ICE contract is debated before the County Commission.
  • A fire heavily manages the Georia-Pacific Paper mill at Muskogee.

In the local news:

  • The Army Corps of Engineers keeps a close watch of Keystone Lake and any potential downstream flooding.
  • The President of OU is stepping down.
  • Two people are dead in a Pryor house fire.

In the local news:

  • Work will begin next month is looking for mass graves from the 1921 Race Massacre.
  • A man is arrested for allegedly making threats against the Governor.
  • West Nile confirmed in Tulsa County.

In the local news:

  • Milo's Tea will bring new jobs to Tulsa.
  • Water pours from Keystone Dam.
  • A accidently dismissed inmate is re-arrested.

In the local news:

  • A soggy Wednesday is ahead.
  • A Tulsa apartment building for the disabled and homeless reopens.
  • Park rental fees could be going up.

In the local news:

  • A mock jetliner crash is staged at Tulsa International as part of a drill.
  • Governor Stitt tours tornado damage.
  • The ozone season is here.

In the local news:

  • Medicaid Expansion is deabted in the state.
  • The Mayor appoints a replacement for DeVon Douglas.
  • Police look into a fatal weekend stabbing.

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