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.




Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

The Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the Local News:

A Tulsa jet crashes in Indiana. Two people are dead.

The Amber Hilberling 2nd Degree Murder Trial could go to the jury today.

A special meeting on the fate of McLain High School is set for tonight.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • Tulsans react to the new Pope.
  • Testimony begins in a high profile murder trial.
  • Horse meat processing gets a boost from ag groups
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Local News for Wednesday Morning

In the Local News:

  • A major human trafficking ring is busted in Tulsa.
  • Oklahoma executes Steven Ray Thacker.
  • The anti-texting measure appears dead in the legislature.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

  • An affordable housing shortage in Tulsa.
  • Classes resume at the TCC West Campus.
  • Two fire-fighters are hurt in a southwest Tulsa home fire.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Tulsa will play host to the Conference USA basketball tournament. It will mean a $3 million economic impact for the city.
  • The Tulsa Parks Department would like some additional city funding. However, officials say it is all for maintaining existing facilities.
  • Oklahoma wheat farmers are feeling better after recent rain and snow.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Top Local News for Friday Morning

This morning's top LOCAL stories from KWGS:

  • The Mayor wants a public safety sales tax for Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa Zoo moves forward with a new rhino exhibit.
  • The State Senate passes a bill ending the mandatory mark-up on retail prices.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Democrats and Educators lobby for more state education funding.
  • BOK sues over bankrupt Great Plains.
  • A newly discovered comet begins its fly-by. It will be visible from here starting tonight.
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Local & Regional
7:40 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Top Local News for Wednesday

Topping the KWGS Local News:

  • The School Security Task Force releases its recommendations.
  • 'Fix Our Streets' proposals dealing with more than streets.
  • ODOT builds another I-244/Arkansas River Bridge
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the LOCAL news:

  • Tulsans weigh in on street repair.
  • The School Board seeks $38-million for technology improvements.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office gets a training facility.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News

Topping the local news:

  • Sequestration makes business nervous in Oklahoma.
  • School Board members will consider tonight placing a technology bond issue on the ballot.
  • A state senate bill would provide caregiver training for vets with PTSD
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