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
7:05 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett proposes $7-million in budget cuts.
  • How to put "water in the river" is debated at city hall.
  • The flu takes a Tulsa County life and four-others across the state.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A fatality accident is being investigates east of Owasso.
  • Tulsa County will announce meetings to discuss the needs of the jail and Juvenile Justice Center at a news conference later this morning.
  • Plans to address the impacts of homelessness in downtown Tulsa are being discussed.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wednesday's First News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin declares a propane state of emergency in Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa School District still has "options" when it comes to weather canceled  school days.
  • Tulsa's Green Waste problem is debated again at City Hall.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

1st Local Newscast of the Day from KWGS

In the local news:

  • An elderly woman is killed in a Tulsa House Fire.
  • Typros will raise dollars for the Tulsa Zoo in 2014.
  • Hearing dates are set for a Macy's Tax Exemption.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news this morning:

  • Bitterly cold temps have forced schools to close across NEO.
  • A new report points up the need for Sex Ed in Tulsa.
  • An overnight fire takes a life in  North Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • There has been a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases in Oklahoma in the past week.
  • Efforts to exempt the new Macy's distribution center from property taxes moves forward at the county level.
  • A proposed toll bridge in south Tulsa may be back on the drawing board.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Thursday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Today's Top Local News:

  • A dusting of snow leaves Tulsa's streets slick in spots.
  • Mayor Bartlett will meet with city councilors to draft 2014 priorities for Tulsa.
  • The flu season is coming on strong in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
9:24 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Tulsa's Green-Waste Site Busy after Christmas

Tulsa's Green Waste Site
Credit File Photo

Tulsa's green-waste site busy after Christmas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Christmas trees and storm debris are piling up at Tulsa's green-waste mulching site, and city officials are encouraging residents to bring more.

Roy Teeters is Tulsa's city streets and storm water division manager. He says Tulsa residents can drop off their storm debris at 10401 East 56th St. North from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. The Tulsa World reports the site will be closed on New Year's Day.

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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Top Local Stories for Christmas Eve-2013

In the local news:

  • City crews will not haul-off home owner storm debris.
  • Most of the power has been restored in the Tulsa area.
  • The Tulsa County Commission creates the process for a Macy's tax break.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Roads are in good shape. 900+ customers still without power from ice storm.
  • Mayor to announce plans soon to address budget shortfall.
  • Flu cases are on the increase in Tulsa.
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