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
6:53 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

American Airlines-Tulsa workers could get raises if the airline merges with US Air.

County officials vote for pay raises.

Congressman Bridenstine defends his recent votes.

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Local & Regional
6:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Monday Morning Local News

Topping Our Local News:

  • The Creek Turnpike is closed at the Peoria Exit westbound by the bomb squad.
  • Kevin Sweat faces a preliminary hearing today for the 2008 murder of two young girls in Okfuskee County.
  • Human remains are found along the Arkansas River levee near Sand Springs.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • The number of flu deaths in Oklahoma jumps to 14.
  • Mental Health programs could be expanded in Oklahoma.
  • A downtown Tulsa bank is hit by a robber.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The EMSA Board takes up a critical state audit.
  • Technology advancements move to the forefront in the Tulsa Public Schools.
  • The governor discusses difficulties in writing this year's new budget.
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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

A state audit of EMSA is critical of the Ambulance Service's management.

A three alarm fire guts a south Tulsa apartment overnight.

More meetings are held at City Hall aimed at keeping Tulsa safe.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

Our top local stories:

  • Tulsans attend the inaugural events in D.C.
  • Rape appears to be on the increase in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa honors Dr. King
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Monday Morning Local News

Topping our local news:

  • More concerns about the spread of the flu in Oklahoma.
  • The Cherokee Nation expands its land holdings at Tahlequah.
  • A Broken Arrow lawmaker says the federal government lacks the authority to regulate weapons.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news at KWGS:

  • 100 more Oklahomans are hospitalized with the flu in the last week.
  • Governor Fallin wants repairs to the Oklahoma Capitol building.
  • A big economic development announcement is expected later this morning in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Thursday Morning's First Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The flu is even hitting the emergency responders.
  • Bond is increased for a person of interest in the Fairmont Terrace murders.
  • Senator Inhofe reacts to the President's gun proposals.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Topping the LOCAL NEWS this morning from KWGS:

  • A state Republican lawmaker is urging Governor Fallin to reverse her position on Medicaid expansion.
  • An inmate is being questioned about the Fairmont Terrace murders.
  • More problems for the troubled Tulsa Club downtown.
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