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
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.
Local & Regional
6:57 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Wednesday Morning News

Hear a recap of this morning's Top LOCAL Stories from 89.5/KWGS. In this update:

  • Details on a state senate tax cutting plan.
  • The Open Carry bill is signed by the Governor.
  • American Workers in Tulsa tell the Airline "NO".


Local & Regional
7:46 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Here is a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Work is underway in the expansion of the Creek Turnpike.
  • It is time to make your selection for Tulsa's new trash service.
  • The search continues in Tulsa for a missing girl from Florida.


Local & Regional
6:55 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news this morning, we have details on:

  • Funding for OK-POP is in doubt from the legislature.
  • The DHS could lose federal dollars for being too open.
  • New hope for non-violent offenders.
Local & Regional
7:47 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • The jail field trip illness is still a mystery.
  • The open-carry gun law is sent to the Governor.
  • The Creek Nation buys an Okmulgee golf course that once barred Indians.