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:

  • Crews assess the damage from Oklahoma wildfires.
  • The OSSAA modifies its playoff prayer rules.
  • A man is arrested for the prison-drone.

Voters in Broken Arrow and Bixby approved the Vision Sales Tax renewal questions that were on yesterday's ballots. At Sand Springs, voters approve a new franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas.

A Republican businessman and a Democrat teacher appear poised to meet up in a general election for an Oklahoma Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's former sheriff appears in court.
  • A supermarket returns to Crystal City after two decades.
  • The OCC tightens regulations around earthquake-prone Medford.

In the local news:

  • Sand Springs Police release video of an officer involved shooting.
  • A mental exam is ordered for the suspected driver in the OSU parade crash.
  • Former Tulsa Sheriff Glanz is due in court later today.

In the local news:

  • This Friday is the last day to pay state taxes without a fine or interest.
  • Tulsa's Veteran's Day Parade will feature a CAIR entry. That has some upset.
  • Number crunchers are getting increasingly nervous about this year's state budget.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa City Council member is critical of a proposed education sales tax.
  • A possible tornado touches down in Okfuskee County.
  • Tulsa will have only one parade this season and it will be called "Christmas".

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's Lt. Governor discusses the state budget crisis.
  • Charges are filed in the OSU Parade Crash.
  • The Wal-Mart at Admiral and Memorial reopens tomorrow.
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The state has moved to shut down 15-Church's Chicken location across Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Tax Commission says the franchise operator owes the state thousands in sales taxes.

The state's Paula Ross says the locations are in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metros. Ross says the businesses were collecting the taxes, but not paying to the state. She says they did attempt to work with the franchise operator but had no luck.

In the local news:

  • Over a half-dozen Tulsa Churches Chicken locations are closed by the state.
  • Stillwater pays its respect to victims and first responders from last month's parade crash.
  • OU's new Tandy Center opens in Tulsa.

In our local news:

  • The Tulsa Airport seeks a tax district.
  • Lawsuits are warned over injection well earthquakes.
  • TCC creates new Pathways