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
6:47 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News This Morning:

·       No deal on the tax cut deal at the state legislature.

·       Tulsa will be looking soon for a new school superintendent as will Jenks.

·       The Gathering Place along Riverside Drive moves forward.

Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Wednesday Morning News

Topping our local news:

  •    Educators express their outrage at state lawmakers over a flat budget.
  •    Joplin moves forward with ground breaking for a new high school, one year after the killer tornado.
  •    Tulsa’s oldest race riot survivor has died
Local & Regional
7:02 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Oklahoma AG wants Appeal on Execution Drug Ruling

AG Scott Pruitt
file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 14 state attorneys general asking the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal a decision that they claim limits a state's ability to execute inmates.

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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       State lawmakers agree on a new budget….

·       Eight people are shot in Oklahoma City following last night’s Thunder victory over the LA Lakers.

·       President Obama delivers the commencement address to Joplin High School…as the community marks the first anniversary of the deadly tornado.

Local & Regional
11:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Rebuilding Joplin: A Picture Gallery

Homes are being constructed all over Joplin.

A look a Joplin's recovery through the camera lens.

Local & Regional
8:41 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin One Year Later: Graduation Day

JHS was destroyed by the tornado. Classes were held this year in a vacant mall store.
KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.

The president will visit southwest Missouri the day before the one-year anniversary of the country's deadliest single tornado in six decades. The May 22, 2011, twister killed 161 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of buildings, including Joplin High. Five other Joplin schools were also destroyed, with four more among the damaged buildings.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

·       President Obama flies into Joplin this evening where he will deliver the high school commencement address to students who lost their high school in last year’s tornado.

·       Be Prepared! Tulsa leaders look at ways to market the aerospace industry in wake of the American Airlines bankruptcy.

·       A lawmaker worried malfunctioning refrigerator could impact dozens of murder cases in Oklahoma

Local & Regional
8:37 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Joplin Rebuilds: One Year After the Tornado

Steps to nowhere, yet someone remembers
KWGS News Photo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.

Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes. That's according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Friday Morning's local news from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Governor and legislative leaders agree on an income tax cut.

·       Workers say they were told the postal distribution center will close in 2014------ The Post Office is backing away……saying that list has not been released.

·       The Casino case continues in Tulsa Federal Court

Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu May 17, 2012

This morning's top local stories from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's local news.  This morning:

  • We update the state's efforts to halt a Broken Arrow Casino
  • Another surplus city owned office building is sold.
  • The state senate tax cut plan comes under fire.