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: Broken Arrow ends its contract with its school superintendent. A new plan is suggested to address Oklahoma teacher pay. A part-time Tulsa Zoo employee is arrested for child pornography.

In the local news: Oklahoma A.G. Pruitt tabbed to head Donald Trump's EPA. A south Tulsa house fire destroys a home. Plans are announced for new life at the Tulsa Club.

In the local news: Tulsa's street people scurry to get out of the cold. An economic conference warns Oklahoma not to mirror Kansas. Mayor Bynum meets with educators.

In the local news: A blast of cold air is headed to Oklahoma. G.T. Bynum becomes Tulsa's 40th Mayor. A lawsuit is filed over last month's Cushing 5.0 earthquake.

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G.T. Bynum will be sworn in as Tulsa's next mayor this afternoon.Swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Councilors Vanessa Hall-Harper and Ben Kimbro will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. City Auditor Cathy Criswell and City Council members Anna America, Jeannie Cue, Connie Dodson, Blake Ewing, Karen Gilbert, Phil Lakin and David Patrick will also take part in the ceremony. Mayor G.T. Bynum will serve a four-year term as Mayor of...

In the local news: Tulsa gets a new Mayor later today More earthquakes rattle north central Oklahoma. Oklahoma tribal leaders praise a decision to not grant permits for a North Dakota pipeline project.

KWGS News/State of Oklahoma

In the local news: Many Tulsans are still dealing with tornado clean-up following the March tornado. Vandals shoot out Tulsa car windows overnight. Mayor Bartlett moves out of City Hall.

In the local news: Budget problems will limit driving to 100 miles per day. A plan to increase revenue by $60 million dollars is shared by Mayor Bartlett. Fires keep firefighters busy in Tulsa.

In the local news: Tulsa gets a half-million dollar grant to fight crime and plight near 61st and South Peoria. The chemical fire still burns at Neodesha, Kansas. A Tulsa Police stand-off ends when a robbery suspect surrenders.

In the local news: Governor Fallin meets with the President-Elect. Dual earthquakes shake Cushing this morning. Broken Arrow leaders push for education funding.

In the local news: "Porch Pirates" invade Tulsa. A Memorial Service is held for Tulsa's Leon Russell. Tulsa ties a homicide record of 71 murders.

In the local news: The Tulsa Board of Adjustment tells Iron Gate "No". Another case of TB is confirmed at the Jenks High School. The Osage Nation expands its casino operation.

In the local news: The latest on the Oklahoma City airport shooting. Iron Gate goes before the Tulsa Board of Adjustment today in an attempt to relocated its facility. Newly elected lawmakers take the oath of office.

In the local news: A forum is held in Tulsa reviewing proposed state education standards. The Oklahoma City Airport reopens after a fatal shooting. Mayor Bartlett wants to be Donald Trump's U.S. Transportation Secretary.

In the local news: The latest in the Shannon Kepler case. Tulsa County employees are getting raises. A Tulsa rally opposed to hate is held a Veterans' Park

In the local news: Efforts could be coming to boosts Oklahoma's vaccination laws. Memorial Services are pending for Leon Russell. Shannon Kepler is to be sentenced today.

In the local news: The Shannon Kepler jury deadlocks. Broken Arrow breaks down its sales tax revenue. $4 million in sales equals one cop. The Tulsa United Way surpasses its goal.

The KWGS Oklahoma election recap.

In the local news: It is election day. The assessment continues at Cushing. The head of the Democratic Party wants Joy Hofmeister to resign.

In the local news: Tiny homes: Where to they fit into Tulsa's Zoning Codes. A man is dead after falling from a Tulsa cell phone tower. A crash in a stolen car leaves a 15-year-old girl dead.

In the local news: A strong earthquake shakes Pawnee, again. Oklahoma roads are in bad shape and a new report indicates the roads are getting worse. The OHP releases video of a shoot-out with a murder suspect.

In the Local News: Economic Development is debated at the state capitol. TU gets a new President earlier than had been expected. A peaceful Halloween in Tulsa.

In the local news: The manhunt for Michael Vance is over. Jury Selection should begin today in the trial of a former Tulsa Police officer accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend. Only four insurance claims have been paid from Pawnee earthquake damage.

In the local news: A-F School grades are released by the state. Mental Health programs outlined for Tulsa. Cherokees stand firm with the Standing Rock Tribe in North Dakota.

In the local news: Tulsa's 311 service is up and running---finally. Changes are made to the city's building codes. Failure to comply could mean higher insurance rates on new construction. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford makes stops in Tulsa and talks about the federal debt.

A Seaway Crude pipeline that spilled oil at a storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, remains closed. Spokesman Rick Rainey of Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners, a 50 percent owner of Seaway, said Tuesday there is no estimate of when the line will reopen as officials are trying to determine the cause of the Sunday spill.

In the local news: New snags for Iron Gate's relocation. The search continues for Michael Vance. Football Star Dennis Byrd is remembered in Tulsa.

In the local news: A suspect is arrested in a TU campus rape. The candidates for Tulsa County Commission District 2 meet in a forum. Iron Gate is scheduled to go before the Board of Adjustment today as it attempts to relocate.

In the local news: Legal action is considered regarding Oklahoma's earthquake swarms. A manhunt is underway following the death of two people and two officers shot in Central Oklahoma. With the election two-weeks away, there is little doubt how Oklahoma will vote in the White House Sweepstakes.