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 school district: Tulsa educators will make home visits looking for potential dropouts. Experts review mounds of data from Saturday's earthquake. Two men rob a Tulsa IHop full of customers.

In the local news: Oklahoma Revenue has missed the mark again for the 18th month in a row. TPS will tighten security at extra-curricular events following last week's shooting at McLain High School. A new report is critical of Oklahoma's health care delivery system.

In the local news: Tribal land becomes an issue in shutting down waste water wells following Saturday's quake. Despite getting money back the Department of Public Safety will still be short. Rafting on the River.

In the local news: 2 Tulsa area residents have West Nile Virus. There will be no special session of the legislature. Another Tulsa murder.

In the local news: Arkansas River Development and Helmerich Park are discussed at City Hall. Bad Gas recall expands. Senator Lankford discusses border security with Canada.

In the local news: Meth usage soars in Oklahoma. The State Auditor is told to get out of the capitol. A settlement is reached between the county and a fired Sheriff's Major

In the local news: The state school superintendent worries about the impact of a four-day school week could have on students. Gasoline prices jump overnight in Tulsa to $2.12 per-gallon. A body is found near 56th Street North and Bird Creek.

In the local news: Tulsa moves closer to a downtown supermarket. Storms cause damage at Claremore. River Spirit opens phase one of its massive expansion.

In the local news: Hoops are still ahead before a Medical Marijuana vote. A woman is killed while walking along I-244 in Tulsa. Stanley Vernon Majors makes an initial court appearance.

In the local news: Vernon Stanley Majors is charged with murder and a hate crime. Bond issues pass in Bixby, Jenks and Bartlesville. The AG clears on site consumption at local breweries.

In the local news: Oklahoma faces a teacher shortage. A Vinita teen is accused of killing his step-mother. This is election day in Oklahoma.

In the local news: The 2016-17 school year is underway in Tulsa. Four people are dead in three separate murder cases in Tulsa. New fears of another Oklahoma revenue failure.

In the local news: A study is getting underway to ease the number of Tulsa traffic crashes. School starts today in Jenks. The 24 hour Tulsa Habitat for Humanity house near completion .

In the local news: Tulsa teachers prepare for the start of the new school year. A corrections reform state question would make major changes to Oklahoma's penal codes. A Tulsa woman is shot at church.

In the local news: Insurance rates under the Affordable Care Act could skyrocket in Oklahoma. A long cold case has heated up in Tulsa. Tulsa Police Chief goes to the White House.

In the local news: The Gathering Place gets a park manager. Two more Tulsa Quik Trip stores are robbed at knife point. The Tulsa Fire Department looks over a operational review.

In the local news: A call for pay hikes for Oklahoma prison guards. The man suspected in the 2012 Mannford wildfire is due in court today. A prayer vigil is planned in OKC as Satanist hold a "Black Mass" a mile away

In the local news: A lone beetle halts a Muskogee County road project. Ku Klux Klan ropes presented at a Career-Tech conference. The state misses the revenue mark, again.

Our Top Local Stories: City of Tulsa puts permits for sidewalk cafes on hold. Sales Tax numbers start off fiscal year down. Earthquakes again rattle Oklahoma.

In the local news: Oklahoma gets an 'F' for helping families with medical issues. More delays for Delta Airlines. The Supreme Court rewrites Oklahoma ballot titles.

In the local news: Prescription drug deaths are down in Oklahoma. Delta Flights are delayed at Tulsa and across the nation. Tulsa celebrates 'The Outsiders'.

In the local news: The Sales Tax Free Weekend is here. Efforts move forward to get street lights on again in Tulsa. Russell will stay with the Thunder.

In the local news: A new immigration reform push is underway in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Policy Institute's summer conference hears about health care in the state. The body missing teen is recovered in Creek County.

In the local news: Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford says Donald Trump is wrong for attacking the family of a fallen Muslim U.S. Soldier. There will be a court delay in a hearing regarding an REI store at 71st and Riverside. The search continues for a missing Creek County teen.

In the local news: Cutting taxes and raising revenue. Lawmaker says the state is using smoke and mirrors. Plans for a new juvenile justice center moves forward in Tulsa. The search is underway near Silver City for a missing Creek County teenager.

In the local news: Mayor-elect Bynum is working on his transition. Expert says body-cameras keep police and citizens in line. One year later: Indian Cultural Center remains unfinished.

In the local news: Tulsa Democrats cheers as DNC wraps up. Senior Citizen wanted for Tulsa bank robbery. Governor's Special Session may be DOA.

in the local news: Local DNC delegates prepare to hear from Hillary Clinton. Governor Fallin considers a Special Session of the legislature to address teacher pay. A campaign to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws moves forward.

In the local news: Oklahoma delegates rally at the DNC. Your input is sought on a plan for Rapid Bus Transit in Tulsa. Tulsa Councilors review economic opportunities around Route 66.