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
6:54 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In this morning's local news recap:

  • City planners move forward with corridor meetings.
  • Oklahoma's ultrasound abortion law is tossed out.
  • A chimp at the Tulsa Zoo died after a fight over a female.
Local & Regional
6:40 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Wednesday morning news from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

A Tulsa judge rules Oklahoma’s Scholarship law for special needs children is unconstitutional.

Tulsa’s new trash service will start in the fall----rather than the summer.

EMSA asks for collection lawsuits to be tossed out.

Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Get a recap of Tuesday morning's Local News

In this morning's update:

Court house security measures are placed on hold.

Two people are arrested in the death of a Tulsa toddler.

The state Auditor is digging deeper in the Department of Education.

Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

In this morning's local news update:

  • More Oklahoma National Guard soldiers return to Sooner soil.
  • The wheat crop in Oklahoma looks good. But that has farmers fearing a late freeze.
  • Another "City Hall in Your Neighborhood" meeting is set for tonight.
Local & Regional
6:43 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Friday morning's local news from KWGS

In this morning's update, we have details on:

  • President Obama's visit to Oklahoma
  • The Oklahoma legislative session in at the half-way point
  • A shoot-out in south Tulsa leaves one person dead and another in the hospital


Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS:

Passenger rail service would be ahead for Tulsa if a committee gets its way.

President Obama visits Oklahoma.

Preston Doerflinger to become interim head of DHS.

Local & Regional
7:08 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Hear this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In this morning's update from KWGS News:

  • The latest on the Green County flooding.
  • Tulsa Police shot and kill a home invasion suspect.
  • President Obama wings his way to Oklahoma.
Local & Regional
6:56 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Catch a review of this morning's local news

In this update:

  • The latest on the flooding problems.
  • Storms cause damage in east Tulsa.
  • Tulsa to become a CNG hub.
Local & Regional
7:06 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • The latest on our weather
  • Work is underway on a new Tulsa city budget
  • 7,000 teens and their livestock converge on OKC
Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Flooding expected in eastern Oklahoma. Flood Watch effective later today

National Weather Service-Tulsa

A significant and life-threatening heavy rainfall event will unfold over eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas early this week.


A slow moving upper storm system will combine with well above average deep layer moisture and a focusing frontal boundary to produce excessive rainfall. The heavier rainfall will begin over eastern Oklahoma Monday evening and gradually shift east into far eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas through Tuesday night and possibly into Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night.


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