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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EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — Law enforcement and the family of a Eufaula woman who disappeared nearly two weeks ago say they haven't given up on finding the woman. Peggy McGuire, whose 29th birthday was Friday, hasn't been seen since November 16th when she dropped off her 8-year-old son at school in Canadian. McGuire was reported missing November 18th and her truck was later found parked at T and J's Ice House — a bar in Eufaula. McIntosh County Sheriff Kevin Ledbetter told the Muskogee Phoenix that video from the bar shows an unknown person parking the truck, then getting out and walking away.

In the news:

  • A cold rain greets shoppers.
  • A woman is arrested for "having a bad day".
  • Bedlam awaits sports fans.

In the local news:

  • It will be a soggy holiday in Oklahoma.
  • The state's top educator visits a Tulsa alternative program.
  • Someone fires up to 10-shots at a Tulsa Deputy overnight.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin wants state Planned Parenthood contracts canceled.
  • The State Supreme Court takes up a proposed education sales tax.
  • As the earthquakes continue,  injection wells near Cherokee are shut down.

In the local news:

  • State lawmakers debate the Real ID Act.
  • A 4.7 earthquake shakes northern Oklahoma.
  • More jobs are coming to Tulsa and others leave.

In the Local News:

  • A national group hands out grades for Oklahoma roads and bridges. We need to study more.
  • Senator Inhofe wants Syrian refugees out of the U.S.
  • A study on the Tulsa Fire Department may hamper a tax renewal vote.

In the local news:

  • Overnight storms roll through Green Country.
  • The Governor wants to limit Syrian Refugees into Oklahoma.
  • The Vice President comes to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A stormy night could be ahead for Oklahoma.
  • G.T. Bynum will run for mayor of Tulsa.
  • Oklahoma is number one in earthquakes.