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:

  • The GOP Convention wraps up. Attention now focuses on the Democrats.
  • The TPD shuffles its division leaders.
  • More long lines at Southwest Airline counters.

In the local news:

  • An Oklahoma billionaire addresses the GOP National Convention.
  • A Tulsa Dentist is arrested for a child abuse death in OKC.
  • A civil rights case against the Tulsa Jail can move forward.

In the local news:

  • Donald Trump goes over the top and picks up the GOP Presidential nomination. We hear from an Oklahoma delegate.
  • A Community Forum is held in Tulsa to open communication lines between police and minorities.
  • High heat continues today across Green Country.

In the local news:

  • The GOP National Convention is underway amid tight security. We hear from a Tulsa delegate.
  • For the second time in as many days, Tulsa Police shoot and kill a suspect.
  • A woman is getting help after her threats lock down the Tulsa Air National Guard Station.

In in the local news:

  • A man is shot and killed by Tulsa Police.
  • Mayor Elect Bynum is visiting other cities to get management ideas.
  • The Oklahoma Delegation is ready for the start of the GOP National Convention.

In the local news:

  • A new report points out pre-education flaws in Oklahoma.
  • A teachers' job fair brings out candidates for the TPS.
  • The Jenks football coach announces he has ALS.

In the local news:

  • Another victim has turned-up from Freedom Fest gunfire.
  • One of the Bever family murder suspects attempts suicide at the Tulsa Jail.
  • Web Worms attack Tulsa.

In the local News:

  • "Fewer people doing more work" is how administrative pay hikes are explained at the Tulsa Schools.
  • A Sand Springs woman is arrested for multi bank robberies.
  • Rain in Tulsa this morning, followed by high heat this afternoon.

In the local news:

  • Gunfire at Tulsa's Freedom Fest leaves a 9-year-old shot in the head.
  • The National Education Association opens its convention in D.C. Oklahoma will be represented.
  • The search continues for a Skiatook Lake drowning victim

In the local news:

  • It was north Tulsa Democrats that pushed G.T. Bynum to victory.
  • Planned Parenthood gets Tulsa and OKC Medicaid account.
  • Washington High gets financial help from Alumni.