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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
6:27 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.

Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In this morning's news up:

  • The Tulsa City Council formally requests a audit of EMSA.
  • A survey confirms race relationship problems in Tulsa.
  • The "Personhood" bill is killed in the state house.
Local & Regional
7:01 am
Thu April 19, 2012

This morning's top local stories from KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • Jesse Jackson speaks at the state capitol
  • The mayor wants changes in Tulsa parking meters.
  • This is the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing
Local & Regional
6:56 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Hear this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • The winner of state house district 71 will be decided by the state supreme court.
  • The Creek Nation buys the Riverwalk Crossing at a sheriff's sale for $11.5 million.
  • The Tulsa Trash Board agrees to let customers pick the size of their trash cart.
Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Hear this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In this morning's local news update:

  • The Tulsa School Board wants the legislature to restore school funding to 2007/08 levels.
  • The suspects in the Tulsa Good Friday shooting spree are arraigned in District Court.
  • The clean-up continues from the weekend tornado outbreak.
Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Hear this morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • More ballots  found after yesterday's recount in House District 71.
  • A special meeting held a McLain High School to discuss the school's partnership with the state to improve academics.
  • This fall's Tulsa City Council election is set.


Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed April 11, 2012

KWGS News: Hear this morning's First Local News:

In this morning's up of the Top Local Stories:

  • The latest on the Tulsa shooting spree.
  • The unemployment rate in Tulsa is down, but still over 30,000 people are out of work.
  • A public meeting is set for tonight as McLain High School enters a state partnership.