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
8:44 am
Sat September 15, 2012

'Bucket List Bandit' Suspect Appears in Court

Muskogee County is red

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Florida man arrested after a nationwide search for the "Bucket List Bandit" has been ordered held in an Oklahoma jail.

Michael Brewster appeared before a federal magistrate in Muskogee on Friday on a robbery charge filed in Pennsylvania.

The FBI says a man dubbed the Bucket List Bandit hit 10 banks in nine states, and told some tellers he had only a few months to live.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu September 13, 2012

The First LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the Local News:

  • American Airlines enters collective bargaining with its unions. That will mean Tulsa lay-offs.
  • The University of Tulsa dismisses its President.
  • A State Committee reviews tax credits.
Local & Regional
8:49 am
Tue September 11, 2012

From Broker to Clergy: A Local Man's 9-11 Story

Rev. Bill Hemm and his family
Forest Park Christian Church
  • John Durkee's OAB award-winning 9/11 Morning Edition feature

11-years ago this morning, Broken Arrow’s Bill Hemm was on the fast track. He was working in the world of high finance as a stock broker for Morgan Stanley. It was a beautiful morning.

Bill Hemm:“It was clear skies. You could see for miles, especially from the 63rd floor. You could see the tops of the other buildings. You could see the Statue of Liberty as clear as day. It was very clear.”                         

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Our Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       Officials hold a briefing on Tulane’s injured safety Devon Walker.

·       The Vision-2 process moves forward at the county level.

·       And the job picture is dimming in Tulsa.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Monday Morning Local News

Topping the local news this morning from KWGS:

  • Tulsa Police say three people were shot overnight in South Tulsa.
  • Mayor Bartlett is headed to Japan for an economic development junket.
  • Tulane University football safety Devon Walker has undergone surgery in Tulsa.
Local & Regional
6:55 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Friday Morning Local News

Topping the local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • The Democratic National Convention wraps up. We have reaction from one of the Tulsa delegates.
  • Mayor Bartlett delivers his State of the City Address.
  • Tulsa Now voices opposition to extended Vision 2025, under the current V-2 proposal.
  • A section of Highway 169 is named for a fallen Oklahoma soldier.
Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Today's First Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • We have the latest on yesterday's fire at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. The ATF has been called in to help with the investigation.
  • The Democratic National Convention will stay indoors tonight. That leaves an Oklahoma delegate disappointed.
  • Form Based Coding is rejected by the Tulsa Planning Commission. We'll explain what that means for the Tulsa Pearl District.
Local & Regional
12:17 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

State of City Address Tomorrow

mayor Bartlett
KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is slated to deliver his state of the city address this week to update area leaders on the city's potential business prospects.

No agenda was available for Thursday's address, but Bartlett is likely to discuss the city's role in the Vision2 package, which would extend a county sales tax and raise about $750 million in revenue for economic development projects and quality of life improvements.

Local & Regional
7:04 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Major Fire Destroys Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences Facility

The explosions rocked the neighborhood.
Melissa Clark

Eight Tulsa fire-fighters are injured while battling a three alarm fire at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. The fire was reported just before 5AM this morning at the school, which is located at 17th and South Lewis. Tulsa Fire Captain Stan May was on the scene.

Stan May: “We had heavy smoke and flames showing. Fire fighters made an aggressive interior attack. That is when we had a couple of sizable explosions; they believe it is an old chemistry lab.”

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Tuesday News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

We check in with the Oklahoma Delegation at the Democratic National Convention.

More changes are coming to the I-244 resurfacing project.

Fresh concerns about West Nile.