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
8:48 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Honor Flights Takes Oklahoma Veterans to D.C.

Veterans prepare to board the plane.
Oklahoma Honor Flights

Another group of Oklahoma World War II veterans is headed to Washington D-C. They are going to see the World War II Memorial. Bixby’s Buryl Franks is on board. He got a purple heart for wounds suffered in the battle for the Philippines. Hear his story:

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The Wednesday Morning Local News

Topping our Local News:

  • A state committee reviewing veterans’ care in the state wraps up its investigation.
  • Another group of Oklahoma World War II veterans is headed to Washington to view the World War II memorial. This is the 11th Oklahoma Honor flight.
  • Auto-Deer accidents are on the increase in Oklahoma with deadly consequences.
Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • An investigation in launched into the Rogers County bidding process.
  • The Health Department vacates it facilities at Expo Square.
  • Efforts are underway to turn the closed Cherokee Elementary School into a Resource Center.
Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon October 22, 2012

The Top LOCAL Stories for Monday Morning

Topping the local news at KWGS:

  • Oklahoma Lawmakers are again reviewing tax credits.
  • A Tulsa City Councilor wants to streamline the appeal process.
  • Tulsa kids learn food really doesn't originate at the supermarket.
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed October 17, 2012

The Wednesday Morning Local News

Topping the local news this morning:

  • Some parents want the Dual Language Immersion program moved from the Monroe Demonstration School.
  • Republican Jim Bridenstine accused of ducking debates.
  • Police investigate a kidnapping from an Owasso pet store.
Local & Regional
7:51 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The Top LOCAL Stories for Tuesday Morning

Topping Our Local News:

  • The first checks are handed out in the Oklahoma mortgage settlement case.
  • New FEDERAL charges are filed in the Skiatook schools kickback scandal.
  • Gasoline prices in Tulsa are dropping.
Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Top Local Stories for Monday Morning

Topping the local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • Flash flooding sweeps a Tulsa teen to his death.
  • Worries at the state level regarding funding for a teachers' stipend.
  • Asbestos in the burned Barnard School has demolition crews taking extra care.
Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Friday

Topping the KWGS Local News:

  • The Tulsa City Council has lots of questions for the city's IT department after a cyber security test is mistaken for a hack.
  • Demolition of the old Barnard School site is underway.
  • The Taste of North Tulsa points to the area's food insecurity.
Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Top Local News for Thursday Morning

Topping our local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • The Chamber of Commerce heads to Europe for an economic development tour.
  • The candidates for Congress speak-out.
  • Welcome to three dozen new citizens.
Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma VA homes are under the state senate microscope yet again.
  • Tulsa's burned-out Barnard School is prepped for demolition.
  • Tulsa says good-bye to one of its newest Zoo animals.