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
6:40 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Tuesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News this Morning:

·       The Vision-2 Proposal draws strong opposition from the Tulsa County Republican Party leadership.

·       The Terrico Bethel murder for hire case goes to trial in Tulsa.

·       CNG comes to Owasso with a new filling station in with an old façade

Local & Regional
6:48 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Monday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping our Local News this morning:

·       It is the first day of school in the Tulsa School District….

·       As meetings are set----opposition grows to a Tulsa County tax extension proposal.

·       Wild fires take a toll on Oklahoma Farms and ranches.

Local & Regional
7:29 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News this morning:

·       The West Nile Death toll in Oklahoma has climb to three.

·       Tulsa Teachers Rally just ahead of the start of the new school year.

·       Recent incidents at Mosques in the region prompt a Tulsa news conference.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

·       Undocumented youth begin the process of applying for “Deferred Action” status.

·       A jury says the Tulsa Court House Plaza shooting suspect is mentally competent to stand trial.

·       The city wants your input on the Vision-2 projects.

Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Wednesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the Local News this morning:

A West Nile Virus WARNING is issued for Oklahoma.

Tulsa's Good Friday shooting suspects are ordered to trial.

Revenue is up on the state level in Oklahoma.

Local & Regional
7:42 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Tuesday News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News this Morning:

  • Vision 2 is headed to the November ballot, even though some details are still to be worked-out.
  • Governor Fallin asks for Federal Aid for Oklahoma Wildfire victims.
  • An apartment fire in Tulsa injures four.
Local & Regional
6:34 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In this morning's update we have details on:

  • This morning's County Commission Meeting dealing with the possible extension of the Vision 2025 package.
  • This is the first day of school in Mannford. It comes just a little over a week after the wildfires left many in the community homeless.
  • Passenger rail service for Tulsa continues to be debated.
Local & Regional
9:35 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Wildfire Arson Hotline Set Up

KWGS News File Photo

A statewide arson hotline is now in place at 1-866-NO-ARSON (1-866-662-7766).  The hotline was established by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to investigate and prosecute arson. The hotline provides a direct line to the ODAFF Investigative Services Unit, which specializes in the investigation of wildland arson.  

Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Get up to date with our first local newscast of the day on 89.5 KWGS.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Man Sentenced to 33-years for Tulsa Bank Heists

Federal Court House in downtown Tulsa
KWGS News file photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Coffeyville, Kan., man has been sentenced to 33 years and one month in prison for armed robberies at two Tulsa banks.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 29-year-old Calvin Shobe was formally sentenced on Tuesday. A jury convicted Shobe in March of conspiracy, armed bank robbery, using a firearm during a crime of violence and possessing a firearm while being a previously convicted felon.

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