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:

  • 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
  • City and County debate Vision funding as the city works on trimming ballot questions.
  • Madonna touches Oklahoma "for the very first time". The Pop Diva performs at the BOK.
  • A $1-Million dollar Powerball ticket is sold in Tulsa. 

In the local news:

  • State budget cuts  will hit the TPS to the tune of $2.1 million.
  • A GOP strategist says the party has lessons to learn from two recent state house defeats.
  • You didn't win... the Powerball Lottery that is...

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division is implementing a plan in response to recent earthquakes in the Fairview area. The plan calls for changes to the operations of oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in the area that dispose into the Arbuckle formation.

Under the plan, 27 Arbuckle disposal wells in an area measuring approximately 24 miles by 12 miles will reduce disposal volume. The total disposal volume reduction for the area in question is 54,859 barrels a day or about 18 percent.

In the local news:

  • One-cent sales tax for education declared legal.
  • More changes at the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
  • Oklahoma's delegation reacts to the State of the Union.