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
6:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • One person is dead in an overnight mobile home fire in Tulsa.
  • The head of the State Senate discusses proposed tax cuts.
  • Protests are planned at the state capitol regarding pension reform.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A set-back of sorts for Tulsa river development.
  • A jury recommends life-without-parole for the Hick Park killer.
  • 11 more people die from the flu in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Spartan College and American Eagle Airlines create a pilot program for future pilots.
  • Governor Fallin spends her Wednesday in Owasso.
  • Oklahoma's pot laws are the focus of a rally at the Oklahoma capitol.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wednesday Morning Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A state senate committee okays a state pension reform measure.
  • Bond issues pass in Jenks and Union.
  • More Schools call off classes for an Oklahoma City education rally.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Tuesday Morning Local News

In the local news:

  • 1/2" of snow makes for a slick morning drive.
  • Jeff Hickman is the new Oklahoma House Speaker.
  • Waterline breaks keep city crews busy.
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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma House Republicans elect a new speaker today.
  • Tulsa budget cutting plans are in the works.
  • The Eastern Flyer makes its debut trip.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

The Top Local Stories:

  • Tulsa Police make an arrested in the sexual assault of a Union High School girl.
  • The flu takes 8 lives in the past week in Oklahoma.
  • Ethics violations are raised against Congressman Mullin.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Little or no accumulation is expected in Tulsa from this morning's snow.
  • State budgeteers are awaiting final figures from the State Board of Equalization.
  • An overnight apartment fire in Tulsa leaves numerous families homeless.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Wednesday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • T.W. Shannon steps down as Oklahoma House Speaker.
  • Joe Dorman officially enters the race for Governor.
  • Bitter cold envelopes Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:19 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • An update on the Winter Weather.
  • Governor Fallin calls for a tax cut in the State of the State.
  • The cost of housing inmates increases at the Tulsa County Jail.
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