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
6:37 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Monday Morning's First News from KWGS

In this morning's top local news:

  • Tulsa begins its transition to a new trash service.
  • It was a bad weekend at area lakes.
  • Long term health care workers face new reviews.
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

  •  Lots of local reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on Health Care.
  • Tulsa’s New Fire Chief officially takes over the department.
  • Tulsa Population is growing again.
Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu June 28, 2012

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

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Tulsa Metro Unemployment rate is up for May.

·       A warning about NOT getting a meningitis vaccine from one who knows.

·       Bracing for more intense heat in NEO. Watch your water usage in Tulsa.

Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Wednesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News this Morning:

·       Tulsa’s Congressman is turned out of office by his own party.

·       Oklahoma is doing economically better than the rest of the nation… but still not good.

·       Fire and heat…. Make life rough for Tulsa fire fighters.

Local & Regional
6:48 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Tuesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       Another sweltering day in Green Country.

·       This is primary election day in Oklahoma.

·       Local Reaction to the Supreme Court Immigration Ruling.

Local & Regional
6:39 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Monday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News------

·       Remember last summer? It is back! Extreme High heat all week in Tulsa.

·       One last day of campaign before tomorrow’s state primary.

·       Tulsa Trash Transition….. What went wrong with the original plan.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The City of Tulsa gets a new budget.

·       A Claremore teen is sentenced to 20-years in prison for a double fatality D-U-I crash.

·       TU and OU get a 30-million dollar gift for the school of community medicine.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Thursday's First News from KWGS!

Topping Our Local News:

·       A huge grant will be officially announced later this morning for the Tulsa School of Community Medicine. It is a joint venture of TU and OU.

·       City leaders vote tonight on Tulsa’s new 700-million dollar-plus budget.

·       Renovation work is ahead for Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa.

Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed June 20, 2012

This Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

·       The Broken Arrow Expressway is down to one lane each direction this morning. Expect huge delays.

·       A large crowd turns out for a Tulsa job fair.

·       Tulsa’s trash transition will mean more work for the Metropolitan Environmental Trust

Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tulsa's First News on KWGS for Tuesday Morning:

Topping Our Local News----

·       Tulsa’s Trash Service will begin its transition phase next month. Recycling will be delayed and service will be once a week until October.

·       The Tulsa Public Schools gets a one-point-two million dollar donation to save jobs.

·       A rebate is being offered to make the switch to CNG.