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.

 

 

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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

  •  The 'Gathering Place' clears a Planning Commission hurdle.
  • Mayor Bartlett proposes changes to the city employee pension plan.
  • The School Board hires a new Assistant Superintendent
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the KWGS Local News:

  • The latest on the plan to sell Tulsa's Spirit Aerosystems operation, including reaction from the mayor.
  • Test are conducted on county jail inmates to see if they have MRSA.
  • A new Deputy Superintendent is proposed for the Tulsa Public Schools
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsans voice concerns over some of the projects in the Capital Improvement Package.
  • Six People are indicted for Casino Bribery.
  • The Governor has a new education plan.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A new report is critical of the mid-America economy.
  • Governor Fallin is the new President of the National Governors Association.
  • Tulsa's debris clean-up enters a second week.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

The Tax Free Sales Tax Holiday started at Midnight.

A Tulsa County mosquito tests positive for West Nile.

The bodies of three victims are pulled from the Arkansas River in Tulsa after a fishing accident.

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Local & Regional
6:24 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The search is underway along the Arkansas River for three people swept away while noodling in Tulsa.
  • The Oklahoma Attorney General testifies in Washington against the Affordable Care Act.
  • There are new developments in the "Baby Veronica" custody case.
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Local & Regional
4:29 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Latest in the Veronica Case

Veronica and her father, earlier this month as he was leaving for National Guard duty
Credit Cherokee Nation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Several American Indian groups have gone to court seeking to protect the civil rights of a Cherokee girl being adopted by a South Carolina family. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that a hearing is needed to determine the best interests of the child.

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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Meet a Tulsa Monkees Fan; Just Ahead of a Weekend Concert

Just some of Mona Meacham's Monkee Memorabilia
Credit Mona Meacham

Ask any woman of a certain age who was her favorite…and you will get one of four names: Mickey, Peter, Michael, or Davy.

The Monkees were originally an NBC TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be like the Beatles, but just couldn’t find success. That premise did not last long. The TV Monkees became a huge success with scores of fans. One of the biggest is right here in Tulsa, Mona Meacham.

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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Proposals are released designed to improve the health of Tulsa County residents.
  • City Councilors discuss ways to enhance Tulsa's economic development efforts.
  • The two escapees from Wagoner County are now back in jail.
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Local & Regional
6:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Arrests are made in Tulsa and Oklahoma City is a national sex trade sting operation.
  • The clean-up of debris is underway following last weekend's wind storm.
  • A Judge orders a Grand Jury review of Owasso City Government.
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