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.



Ways To Connect

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett takes part in an international conference.
  • West Tulsa is getting pharmacy in the Crystal City area.
  • Livestock and the state fair.

In the local news:

  • The AG wants Oklahoma executions placed on hold.
  • The under-sheriff takes over the Tulsa Sheriff's Department.
  • Leaders make offer to nab bike group.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Sheriff is indicted by a Grand Jury.
  • The wrong cocktail stops an Oklahoma Execution.
  • TU names its medical school after the Oxley Family.

In the local news:

  • The court ordered removal of the 10 Commandments monument at the state capitol will be carried out in the next 15-days.
  • Richard Glossip's execution is set for 3 p.m. this afternoon.
  • A top award from the federal government for a Tulsa high school.

In the local news:

  • Complete coverage on the Williams Companies purchase.
  • Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip's attorneys will be go to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to stop tomorrow's execution.
  • You driver's license may no longer work as a photo ID.

In the local news:

  • A state lawmaker plans to move forward with a measure opposed by law enforcement in Oklahoma.
  • The city of Tulsa may have to pay $1-million to settle a lawsuit with a man wrongfully sent to prison.
  • 'Green the Vote' starts its campaign for medical marijuana in Oklahoma later this week.

In the Local News:

  • Tulsa's Sheriff testifies before the Grand Jury investigating his office.
  • City leaders in Oklahoma discuss municipal funding.
  • A Turley man is being called a hero for pulling a woman from a burning car overnight.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's School Superintendent testifies before a state house committee looking at education issues in Oklahoma.
  • A TU Catholic Studies Professor expects Pope Francis to discuss social issues in his address tomorrow before Congress.
  • Tulsa Police will soon begin field testing body cameras for officers.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County may have found a location for the new juvenile justice center, but leaders are not saying where.
  • Gasoline prices jump to over $2 a gallon in Tulsa.
  • Welcome to Chubby, Oklahoma. New report says we are among the fattest of the fat.

In the News:

  • Lawmakers debate ways to give teachers a raise.
  • The ABLE Commission ponders new proposed liquor laws in Oklahoma.
  • An aide says the Sheriff misunderstood information.