John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-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:

  • Suspects wanted for the murder of a Sapulpa Police Officer are arrested.
  • The Tulsa Grand Jury hears from the former undersheriff.
  • The Tulsa volley-ball courts will stay in the park.

In the local news:

  • Space is still available in Tulsa Early Childhood Education programs.
  • A Sapulpa Police Lt is shot and killed in Midwest City.
  • A Tulsa Officer is shot in the leg. The suspect commits suicide.
Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Tribal leaders gather in Tahlequah to take the oath of office. Principal Bill John Baker, the Deputy Chief and Tribal Council members were all sworn in today.

Chief Bill John Baker delivered a lengthy address to those gathered for the ceremony. He pledged to work toward better health care for Cherokee citizens. He also talked about expanding business and housing for tribal members. The Chief talked about the education system in the Cherokee Nation and pledged to make improvements there.

This begins Baker's last term as Chief. He is term limited.

In the local news:

  • Another plan is floated for water in the Arkansas River.
  • An audit is highly critical of the Wagoner County Sheriff.
  • A new financial program is offered by Bill Bartmann.

In the Local News:

  • Gasoline prices jump 30-cents a gallon in Tulsa in 24-hours.
  • The Tulsa Airport Control Tower is still closed.
  • State Senator James Halligan will not seek re-election.

In the local news:

  • A woman is charged with stealing money from Tulsa's Iron Gate
  • Big Splash gets a new owner.
  • An REI Sporting Goods store gets the approval of the Public Facility Authority.
Tulsa County Booking photo

A Tulsa woman is charged with two counts of taking money from Tulsa's Iron Gate Food Kitchen. Tanya Moore was charged by the Tulsa County District Attorney's office. She is accused of taking up to $10,000 from the charity that provides hot meals to Tulsa's homeless and disadvantaged. 

Iron Gate Director Connie Cronley tells KWGS she was shocked by the revelation. She says as soon as they noticed accounting irregularities authorities were notified. 

In the Local News:

  • An investigation is underway into the death of a 3-year-old in Broken Arrow.
  • A judge tosses out an Oklahoma abortion law.
  • Illinois River Rangers keep busy with floaters.

In the local news:

  • Democrats open primaries to Independents.
  • A motorcycle accident takes a teen's life in Rogers County.
  • Tulsa's new school superintendent urges principals to become mentors to teachers.

In the Local News:

  • An Excessive Heat Warning is posted for Tulsa.
  • The Macy's Fulfillment Center is dedicated.
  • The Governor  hopes for a rebound in declining oil prices.