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:

  • A state officials proposes a cigarette tax hike.
  • A funeral service is held for a slain Oklahoma bank president.
  • The LGBT community balks at two dozen bills pre-filed in the legislature.

In the local news:

  • Budget cuts could complicate matters at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office.
  • The deadline looms for a April ballot question.
  • Details on what happened inside the Eufaula bank.

In the news:

  • A bank robbery suspect and a bank president are killed during a robbery/chase at Eufaula.
  • A state senator wants more money placed in the state's rainy day fund during good years.
  • Devon Energy announces lay-offs.
State of Oklahoma

Tulsa County has a new State Senator. J.J. Dossett was sworn in this morning at a state capitol ceremony.

Dossett, a Democrat, replaces Republican Rick Brinkley. Brinkley resigned from the seat after entering a guilty plea to stealing an estimated $1.8 million from the Tulsa Better Business Bureau, where he was the director.

Dossett won a special election earlier this month. He thanked his supporters and said he was ready to get to work. 

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma healthcare experts call for Medicaid expansion.
  • The Tulsa Public School Board adopts a five year strategic plan.
  • A fire destroys a Broken Arrow apartment complex.

In the local news:

  • Area state senator wants to put tax cut on hold.
  • Budget cuts could cause impact mental health care.
  • Gas prices tumble in Tulsa

General News

Jan 18, 2016


Jan 18, 2016