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 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.



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In the local news:

  • The budget shortfall with further hamper the delivery of mental health services.
  • A mobile home fire at Ketchum kills four.
  • C-Diff is diagnosed in a BA student.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Councilors are briefed on what it will take to turn on all the vandalized street lights.
  • A Tulsa high schooler  is being quested about a sexual assault on a special needs student.
  • An alcohol summit is planned for Tulsa today.
  •   INCOG takes up development along the Arkansas River.
  • A fiery overnight crash leaves one person dead and another hospitalized.
  • An Okmulgee Sheriff's Deputy shoots and kills a driver who pulled a gun.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa names its 'Women of the Year'.
  • Cutting tax credits may be tough.
  • A car crashes into the TU Tennis Courts
Tulsa Public Schools

A body is found along a fence line that separates Tulsa’s Washington High School and the Towne Square Apartments in North Tulsa.

The discovery was made about 8:45 this morning. The Tulsa Public School’s Information Office tells KWGS  the body was not on school property. However, a TPS Police Officer made the discovery.

The case has been turned over to Tulsa Police.

In the local news:

  • Governor Falling delivers her State of the State Address. Democrats respond.
  • 4 Norman High Schoolers are charged with rape.
  • The County puts forth its own Vision plan.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin delivers her State of the State address today. (Live coverage at 12:45 p.m. on 89.5)
  • The Iowa Caucus is tonight, Tulsa's Congressman weighs into the fight.
  • A Guthrie Police Officer is arrested from coming to work drunk.

In the local news:

  • City Councilors come to terms on a Vision plan.
  • The business community outlines its priorities.
  • A new exhibit comes Tulsa's Air and Space Museum.
  •   City leaders still debate Vision plans.
  •  Justice Reinvestment reinvented.
  •  Governor to propose teacher pay hike.

In the local news:

  • A state officials proposes a cigarette tax hike.
  • A funeral service is held for a slain Oklahoma bank president.
  • The LGBT community balks at two dozen bills pre-filed in the legislature.