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
6:19 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In our local news:

  • Tulsa's 911 phone system will be under the supervision of the Police Chief.
  • A Tulsa Police Officer is hurt when a police car collides with another vehicle overnight.
  • Efforts continue to get storm shelters in every Oklahoma school.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A freight train derails in north Tulsa overnight.
  • The Women in Recovery graduates another 16-students.
  • Pull up your pants or you could get a ticket from Tulsa's 'fashion' Police.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A new report indicates rapid economic growth ahead for Tulsa.
  • Initial figures are released as to how much it costs to house an inmate in the Tulsa Jail.
  • A South African gold coin turns up in a Salvation Army kettle in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

This morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Most schools are back in session today for the first time since last week's ice and snow storm.
  • Tulsa Trash Task Force takes up the troubled Green Waste system.
  • A Federal Grand Jury indicts two reputed Tulsa gang members for the death of a federal witness.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Most school districts are closed again today.
  • This is merger day for American Airlines and US Airways. American is one of Tulsa's largest employers.
  • A summit will examine the connection between crime and drugs in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

Complete coverage of the winter storm; including updates from the city street department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Thu December 5, 2013

The Top Local Stories for Thursday Morning

In the news:

  • The winter storm is still coming, just slower than first anticipated.
  • Tulsa kidnapping suspect leads Tulsa Police on a chase through the city, with shots fired.
  • Governor issues an executive order concerning Common Core
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  •  A WINTER STORM WARNING is posted for the Tulsa area.
  • A-Bomb survivors visit Tulsa and talk to Tulsa students.
  • Tulsa Schools will have to pay over $670K to County Assessors for visual inspections of school property.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Dewey Bartlett takes oath for second term as Mayor.
  • Karen Gilbert elected council chair.
  • OU Tulsa dedicates its new north side health center.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Thick fog covers the Tulsa area, causing some airport delays.
  • Tulsa leaders take the oath of office later today.
  • A weekend fire takes the life of an 86-year-old Tulsa woman
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