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.

 

 

Pages

Local & Regional
7:25 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Reserve Deputy is charged with manslaughter.
  • Wal-Mart suddenly closes its Admiral and Memorial store for 6-months.
  • Another is planned for downtown Tulsa.
Read more
Local & Regional
7:05 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa sales tax figures take a hit.
  • New figures showing little improvement in addressing Oklahoma's hunger issues.
  • A major waterline breaks are causing problems near 41st and Harvard and Pine and Garnett.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A bill allowing nitrogen  gas to be used in Oklahoma executions is sent to the Governor's desk.
  • The family of a Tulsa man killed by a reserve deputy want answers from the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A huge gift for Sand Springs is presented for park renovation.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa School Bus rolls on a busy expressway. Students and the driver are hurt.
  • An agreement is reached with Tulsa's next school superintendent.
  • The Tulsa Zoo has a record month.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe weather will be possible across Oklahoma later in the day.
  • A fluid spill causes a massive crash on Highway 75 in north Tulsa.
  • State Representative Kevin Mathews wins a special election for a vacant state senate seat in Tulsa.
Read more
Local & Regional
7:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A contractor is tabbed to replace the Bird Creek bridges on 169.
  • FEMA tells Oklahoma "no" when it comes to federal tornado disaster aid.
  • The Tulsa School Board holds up a vote again on the sale of the old Whittier School property.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • City Department Heads are drafting next fiscal year's proposed budget.
  • Earthquakes rattle north central Oklahomans.
  • TU plays host to scholars.
  •  
Read more
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Potential warning signs for abuse relations following this week's triple-murder suicide in east Tulsa.
  • Tornado damage is reported in Afton in Ottawa County.
  • Some last minute tips for Oklahoma tax filers.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Tulsa's Top Local Stories for Thursday Morning

In the local news:

  • Four people are found dead in a far east Tulsa home.
  • More problems for the EagleMed Air Ambulance service.
  • More oil-patch lay-offs because of declining prices.
Read more
Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Transit is running short on bus drivers.
  • The Governor signs a bill that requires doctors to check a patient data base prior writing prescriptions for narcotics.
  • Courtroom action in a murder case involving a former Tulsa Police officer.
Read more

Pages