JOHN DURKEE (1955- ), with more than 40 years of radio news experience, has been the dean of Tulsa’s radio news scene since 1989 when he joined KRMG, becoming news director in 1991. He was among the first to report on mine tailings pollution at Tar Creek, working with Congressman Mike Synar. In 2008 he served as communications director for the city of Tulsa before becoming news director of the University of Tulsa’s public radio station, KWGS in 2009. He’s a regular guest on RSU-TV public affairs programs. Tulsa Press Club named him the 2016 Media Icon. After attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and OSU, he worked at KTOK in Oklahoma City, KAKC in Tulsa and KFSB in Joplin. Among Durkee’s many awards as a broadcaster, he’s twice won both regional and national RTDNA Murrow Awards, and awards from the AP, UPI, SPJ, and Oklahoma and Missouri associations of broadcasters.