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
6:54 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • An identity theft ring is busted in Tulsa.
  • The filing period opens for municipal candidates.
  • The investigation continues into a fatal plane crash at Collinsville.
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Local & Regional
6:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping the KWGS Local News:

  • There are multiple fatalities in a Collinsville plane crash.
  • An 11-year-old is killing while trying to cross I-44.
  • This is the first day of filing in the Tulsa Municipal Elections.
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Local & Regional
6:03 am
Sun March 31, 2013

State Inmate's Death to be Investigated

State prison
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an Oklahoma man charged in his parents' death was found dead in his jail cell. Thirty-two-year-old Ross Holloway of Boley was found dead in his Okfuskee County jail cell early Friday morning. The McAlester News-Capital reports Saturday he was charged last week in the death of his parents, Denver and Martha Holloway. Denver and Martha Holloway are both natives of Oklahoma's Pittsburg County.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Local News for Friday Morning

Topping the Local News from KWGS:

  • Tulsa Health Officials set up special screenings for patients a Tulsa dentist practice.
  • The Cherokee Nation will spend $100-Million to revamp its health care system.
  • The Governor will release documents related to her decision not to expand Medicaid in the state.
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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • A bad accident clogs a Tulsa Expressway during the morning rush.
  • A judge approves American Airlines merger with US Airways.
  • Ground is broken for a new Tulsa traffic center.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Wednesday Morning's Top Stories

This morning's top local news from KWGS:

  • The Horse Meat Processing bill heads to the Governor's Desk.
  • Edlabs will be phased in under a new plan from Tulsa's school superintendent.
  • Tulsa gets a new Family Safety Center.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

Today's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

  • The US Supreme Court hears arguments regarding same-sex marriage. We hear from a local attorney on what to expect.
  • Water and Sewer rate could be headed up again in Tulsa.
  • Three teens are arrested in connection with the Tulsa homicide of a Pizza Truck Driver.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News

Topping the local news:

  • A fire damages a building near 15th and Birmingham .
  • Another City Hall in Your Neighborhood meeting is set tonight.
  • Tulsa Police continue the investigation on the weekend murder of a Papa John's Delivery man.
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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Friday Morning LOCAL News

Topping the KWGS Local News:

  • Oklahoma's Insurance Commissioner says he can't enforce Health Care Reform.
  • Shipping at the Port of Catoosa is down.
  • A state lawmaker has a plan to help under paid state workers.
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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Thursday Morning's Local News

Topping the local news:

  • Efforts are underway to expand flight options at Tulsa International.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections are up in Tulsa.
  • Two women remain hospitalized after dog attack.
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