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
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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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The City of Tulsa begins picking up tree debris from last week's storm.
  • An education expert says Oklahoma could do a better job at teaching teachers to teach.
  • There is a change of location for tomorrow night's town hall meeting on the sales tax extension. It will now be at the Garnett Assembly of God at 29th and Garnett.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • 26K still without power in Tulsa County.
  • Tulsa City Council will hold a meeting on Brady Street name change.
  • Spirit AeroSystems lays off just over 100 in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • We have the latest on the storm clean-up and aftermath.
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court says "no" to an Oklahoma based appeal of the Baby Veronica case.
  • Prison inmates at complete TCC classes at the Conner Correctional Center at Hominy.
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Why is the 'Justice Reinvestment Initiative' on the Shelf?

in a 2011 news conference at the State Capitol, then House Speaker Kris Steele announces the Justice Reinvestment program.
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

In 2011, the Oklahoma Justice Reinvestment Initiative passed the legislature with great fanfare and signed into law by Governor Fallin. Kris Steele was the Oklahoma House Speaker back then:

KRIS STEELE: “While the overall appropriation to corrections has increased 32% over the last 10-years, our violent crime rate continues to increase. 36 other states have experienced a decrease in their violent crime rate while in Oklahoma, ours remains high. In fact, it is increasing.”

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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A motorcycle crash leaves one man dead in Tulsa and an expressway shut down overnight.
  • The Cherokee Nation files a brief in the Baby Veronica case.
  • Two years after passage, the Justice Reinvestment plan sits on a shelf. Why?
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Local & Regional
6:37 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets over $1-million to help clean-up Brownfields.
  • A City Councilor feels out-of-the-loop when it comes to Tulsa scandals.
  • A blaze destroys a historic Claremore church.
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