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
7:06 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • The latest on our weather
  • Work is underway on a new Tulsa city budget
  • 7,000 teens and their livestock converge on OKC
Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Flooding expected in eastern Oklahoma. Flood Watch effective later today

National Weather Service-Tulsa

A significant and life-threatening heavy rainfall event will unfold over eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas early this week.

 

A slow moving upper storm system will combine with well above average deep layer moisture and a focusing frontal boundary to produce excessive rainfall. The heavier rainfall will begin over eastern Oklahoma Monday evening and gradually shift east into far eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas through Tuesday night and possibly into Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night.

 

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Friday morning's Top Local News from KWGS

In this news update:

Teaching positions will be trimmed in the Tulsa Public Schools

An execution is carried out at McAlester

Smart meters comes to TU

Local & Regional
11:39 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Tulsa company to pay $11.8 million fine in Latin America bribes case

BizJet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.S. aviation company has agreed to pay an $11.8 million fine to settle a corruption case that alleges its employees bribed government officials in Mexico and Panama to secure contracts to maintain government aircraft in both countries.

The U.S. Department of Justice says in a Wednesday statement that Tulsa, Okla.-based BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. also reached an agreement with authorities to defer prosecution for three years.

Mexico's Attorney General's Office says it has opened its own investigation.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from the KWGS Newsroom.

In this morning's update:

  • The latest from the State Capitol as a meth control measure clears the senate
  • Tulsa ranks near the bottom of the pack in a new health survey
  • An execution is set for tonight for a Tulsa man
Local & Regional
7:11 am
Wed March 14, 2012

KWGS News: Hear this morning's Top Local Stories

In this morning's update:

Another tax cut proposal clears the senate

Tight times ahead for the TPS

The Oklahoma unemployment rate drops

Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Arresting drug offenders is a daily chore for law enforcers

Tulsa Police's north side Gilcrease Division
KWGS News Photo

During the same week that KWGS, Oklahoma Watch and other select media outlets in the state are presenting a series of reports on Oklahoma’s “State of Addiction”, Tulsa Police bust another meth lab. It happened this morning in north Tulsa.

 

Tulsa Police officer Leland Ashley says three people were taken into custody after officers got a tip about a rank odor coming for a house near Archer and North Lewis.  He says officers got a phone call for someone in the area complaining about the odor. When officers arrived they found the one-pot meth lab working inside the home.

Local & Regional
11:15 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Tight times again for the Tulsa Public Schools

KWGS News File Photo

There are more budget challenges for the Tulsa Public Schools. As the school board begins work on a new budget, the school district chief financial officer Trish Williams says a $7.6-million federal grant is ending.

 

That grant was used to pay teacher salaries over a two year period. The first year, Williams says the district used  $2.7 million. The remainder, $ 5.6-million, is being used this year.

 

Local & Regional
6:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Catch a review of this morning's local news

Hear a recap of the top local stories from Public Radio 89.5/KWGS:

In this update

  • More Oklahoma guard members return from Afghanistan
  • Two men suspected of being Tulsa serial rapists are behind bars
  • The Oklahoma Senate approves a measure phasing out the Oklahoma income tax

 

Local & Regional
7:04 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News

Hear a wrap-up of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS News.  In this morning's recap:

  • An Oklahoma Watch report on Oklahoma's State of Addiction
  • State Senators look at tax options
  • The City of Tulsa looks for ways to turn abandon sites into economic development

 

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