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 January 23, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahoma.
  • The state has one of the worst immunization rates in the nation.
  • A bill to do away with marriage licenses in proposed in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
10:38 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Dramatic Jump In Tulsa County Flu Deaths

The number of Tulsa County influenza deaths more than doubled last week. The State Health Department confirms there were 16 flu deaths in the past week and almost half of those were in Tulsa County.

The Tulsa City County Health Department's Leanne Stephens says Tulsa County recorded seven deaths in the past week.  That brings Tulsa County's death toll to 11. 

So far this season, 47 people have died from the flu in Oklahoma. 23% of those deaths have been in Tulsa County.

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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Arrest Made in 'Silver Alert Murder'

Mathew Hannah
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

Tulsa Police Homicide Detectives quickly arrest 26-year-old Mathew Hannah. He is accused of the murder of 70-year-old Gerald Hail of Inola.

Hail was the subject of a 'Silver Alert' from Rogers County. His body was found by a made inside a Tulsa motel late yesterday morning. Hail's pick-up truck was missing.

Detectives used motel video to spot Hail and Hannah at the complex. The pick-up was recovered near Latimer and Sheridan behind a church. Police found Hannah in north Tulsa late yesterday afternoon.

He is being held in the Tulsa jail.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In Our Local News:

  • Rain and snow stays south of Tulsa.
  • The DHS offers programs to help foster parents.
  • A Tulsa arrest is made in the murder of an Inola man
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the LOCAL News:

  • Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has harsh words for the President's State of the Union.
  • There could be new problems ahead for Tulsa's cash-strapped Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • Lower energy prices are meaning industry lay-offs.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the LOCAL news:

  • Gasoline prices increase in Tulsa for the first time in months.
  • A Creek County woman accused of triple-murder has a court date today.
  • The quest for a new Tulsa School Superintendent is narrowed to two.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Monday Morning's News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • Tulsa prepares for the nation's second largest MLK Day Parade.
  • A fire at Pratville sends to people to the hospital.
  • Dropping oil prices has state officials watching state bank accounts.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In local news:

  • Oklahoma carries out an execution.
  • A house fire takes a life in North Bixby.
  • The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahoma
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Thursday's Top Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Oklahoma prepares to carry out an execution. It would be the first since last spring's troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.
  • The Creek Nation announces a $22-million  expansion for the Jenks Riverwalk.
  • Tulsa's Chamber installs a new chairman.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Oil prices continue to tumble.
  • A Tulsa clerk kills a would-be robber.
  • New air service is announced for Tulsa.
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