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
6:50 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A WINTER STORM WATCH is posted for the Tulsa area.
  • State Senators approve a tax cut. State Representative okay an abortion bill.
  • Tulsa's River Plan: Does it need revision?
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A job-training program gets a $250,000 grant.
  • Tulsa's Port comes close to a record year.
  • LGBT rally at the State Capitol.
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Local & Regional
6:37 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa HUD Committee has more funding requests than funds.
  • A woman is killed crossing a Tulsa street.
  • The City Council will review the purchase of the One Technology Center.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Tuesday's Top Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The head of the DHS asks for $33 million in additional funding for this year.
  • The Cherokee Nation raises its minimum wage.
  • Tulsa County now has a burn ban.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The State Capitol Week in Review

Credit KWGS News File Photo

This week, Tulsa Republican House Member Ken Walker and Tulsa Democrat Representative Eric Proctor discuss the hot topics at the state capitol, including:

  • A proposed tax cut with $188 million less to spend.
  • Funding for the Indian Cultural Center while no funding has been found for the Tulsa OK-Pops Museum.
  •  New Republican Speaker Hickman's Honeymoon period with the Democrats.
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Local & Regional
6:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

  •   The Oklahoma Attorney General wants a review of charity funding in the state.
  • The future of Tulsa's OK-POPS Museum is discussed at the state capitol.
  • Robberies hit two downtown area businesses overnight.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Red Flag Fire Warning today for Tulsa.
  • Flu cases start dropping in Oklahoma and across the nation.
  • City will move forward with a pay-day change.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A county-option vote is sought for horse slaughtering plants in Oklahoma.
  • American Airlines will avoid Tulsa lay-offs by bringing additional work to the Tulsa base.
  • A historic north Tulsa church is burned by arsonists.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In our local news:

  • State lawmakers will have $188 million less to spend this year, while talks on a tax cut continue.
  • Wild fires lead to burn bans across parts of the state.
  • The fate of passenger rail proposals for Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Tuesday's First Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The wild-fire threat will be high again today in Green Country.
  • A Tulsa pharmacy will not sell execution drugs to Missouri.
  • State workers protest proposed pension changes.
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