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
6:44 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Tuesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News

·       The Tulsa Zoo lobbies for inclusion in the Vision Process.

·       Governor Fallin is set to deliver a prime time address at the Republican National Convention tonight.

·       Tropical Storm Isaac slams Tulsa gas pumps. Prices take another huge jump.

Local & Regional
7:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Dollar Thrifty Board of Directors approves a sale to Hertz.

·       Tulsa Police arrest what they call a rogue cop.

·       Hunger in Oklahoma. A new report indicates more are food insecure.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Friday Morning Local News

Topping Our Local News:

·       Even with heavy rain in the forecast, the drought is getting much worse across Oklahoma.

·       You’ll pay much more this morning to get tanked-up in Tulsa. There was a big spike in gas prices overnight.

·       The Terrico Bethel murder-for-hire trial could go to the jury today.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Get Up-to-Date with Our First Newscast of the Day

Topping our local news:

·       Federal disaster aid is approved for fire victims in Creek County.

·       An abandon apartment building is being demolished.

·       EMSA’s board hears about recommendations from the city.

Local & Regional
6:42 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Wednesday Morning's First LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping Our Local Stories: 

  • The jury is seated in the Terrico Bethel murder for hire case
  • Tulsa Transit moves to reduce bus stop wait times
  • Republicans are sparing over the Vision 2- proposal
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.