Greater Tulsa Reporter
AWARD WINNER: John Durkee, news director of KWGS radio in Tulsa, receives the 2016 Newsies Icon Award from Steve Schroeder of News On 6 at the Tulsa Press Club Sept. 28.
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The Tulsa Press Club has named radio broadcaster John Durkee as the 2016 Media Icon during the Newsies Awards, held Sept. 28.
John Durkee is the news director for KWGS radio in Tulsa. 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.
Durkee 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 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 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.