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.



Ways to Connect

In the local news:

  • Roads are in good shape. 900+ customers still without power from ice storm.
  • Mayor to announce plans soon to address budget shortfall.
  • Flu cases are on the increase in Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • A Winter Storm Watch is posted for Tulsa.
  • State lawmakers will have less money to spend in the next session.
  • An evening fire leads to evacuations in Sapulpa.

In the local news:

  • A major fire is burning in downtown Nowata.
  • State lawmakers will have less money to spend next year.
  • A pro-soccer team is coming to Tulsa.

In the local news:

  • Macy's announces plans for a new Tulsa area warehouse that will employee over 1,500.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules a tax cut is illegal.
  • An Oklahoma Death Row inmate is executed.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's Good Friday Shooters are headed to prison for the rest of their lives.
  • Ridership is up 27% for Tulsa Transit.
  • Tulsa's mayor wants two old brownfield sites back on the tax rolls.

In our local news:

  • Tulsa's 911 phone system will be under the supervision of the Police Chief.
  • A Tulsa Police Officer is hurt when a police car collides with another vehicle overnight.
  • Efforts continue to get storm shelters in every Oklahoma school.

In the local news:

  • A freight train derails in north Tulsa overnight.
  • The Women in Recovery graduates another 16-students.
  • Pull up your pants or you could get a ticket from Tulsa's 'fashion' Police.

In the local news:

  • A new report indicates rapid economic growth ahead for Tulsa.
  • Initial figures are released as to how much it costs to house an inmate in the Tulsa Jail.
  • A South African gold coin turns up in a Salvation Army kettle in Tulsa.

This morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Most schools are back in session today for the first time since last week's ice and snow storm.
  • Tulsa Trash Task Force takes up the troubled Green Waste system.
  • A Federal Grand Jury indicts two reputed Tulsa gang members for the death of a federal witness.

In the local news:

  • Most school districts are closed again today.
  • This is merger day for American Airlines and US Airways. American is one of Tulsa's largest employers.
  • A summit will examine the connection between crime and drugs in Tulsa.