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
6:52 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • TU gets a new president.
  • The City of Tulsa gets a new fire chief
  • More Tulsans get a job!
Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Wednesday morning news from 89.5/KWGS

In this morning's update, we have:

  • The latest on our local economy.
  • A man convicted of a Tulsa murder is put to death at the state prison.
  • Clean-up is underway from Monday night's Oklahoma twisters.


Local & Regional
10:07 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Midwest economic survey suggests growing strength

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A recent survey of supply managers suggests growing economic strength in a nine-state region of the Plains and Midwest.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.0 in April, compared with 58.6 in March and 58.4 in February.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says in a report released Tuesday that heavy manufacturing continues to be propel economic growth for the region, with export-oriented manufacturers leading the way.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Get a recap of Tuesday morning's Local News

In this morning's news update:

  • The latest on last night's severe weather.
  • The "Personhood" ballot question is tossed out by the Supreme Court.
  • The state's high court says No Winner is District 71.
Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • No damage from late night tornadoes north of Tulsa.
  • Farmers say the drought is over.
  • A conference dealing with medical communication is underway in Tulsa
Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Friday morning's Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

Details on the Mayor's proposed city budget.

Tulsans rally on behalf of common education funding.

A meeting today will start work on the region's future.


Local & Regional
6:27 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's recap:

  • A rally is set for tonight on behalf of the Tulsa Public Schools and the issue of funding.
  • State leaders hear from Tulsans at the State Capitol. KWGS News is there.
  • Existing home sales rebound in Tulsa.
Local & Regional
6:31 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Hear this morning's Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's news:

Rates for Tulsa's new trash service are set.

Mayor Bartlett is holding the new city budget details close to the vest.

PSO, the EPA and the state come to terms on Regional Haze issues.

Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • American Airlines goes before a federal bankruptcy judge.
  • The Cherokees add on to the Hard Rock.
  • More road construction headaches in Tulsa.
Local & Regional
6:49 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

In this morning's update:

The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce wants your ideas.

The Broken Arrow City Manager is fired.

Oklahoma's wheat crop could set a record.