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
6:48 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the local news:

  • McGraw-Hill will not seek the state testing contract.
  • State Senators debate Sooner Care.
  • Charges are expected today in the workplace death of a Moore woman.
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Local & Regional
6:11 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday, September 26, 2014

In the local news:

  • A state school board members calls for Janet Barresi to step down.
  • Oklahoma cracks down on a new crime called "Smurfing".
  • Health Inspectors check the Tulsa State Fair food vendors.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma House considers boosting services to human trafficking victims.
  • Calls for State School Superintendent Janet Barresi to resign.
  • Philbrook-Downtown goes 'Pop'.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the local news:

  • There are questions regarding a Tulsa pipeline warranty program.
  • The State House looks into Human Trafficking laws.
  • Hundreds turnout for a CNG Expo in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's poverty rate drops, but only slightly.
  • A former Tulsa Deputy is charged with on-duty sexual battery.
  • The Tulsa Metro rainfall deficit is nearing 10-inches for the year.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday, September 22, 2014

In our local news:

  • Oklahomans travel to NYC to lobby the UN for action on climate change.
  • Mayor Bartlett meets with federal officials concerning getting water into the Arkansas River.
  • Tulsans celebrate work starting on the gathering place.
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Local & Regional
6:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A federal judge is urging Oklahoma to delay three upcoming executions.
  • Ground will be broken tomorrow for the Gathering Place.
  • Funding concerns for rapid mass transit in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Public Schools gets 49 Fs in the latest school report cards.
  • Ground is broken for a new OU-Tulsa medical facility.
  • Sheriff's officials fear more victims of a deputy's confessed sexual abuse.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa County Deputy is accused of using his badge to force sex.
  • Oklahoma lawmakers consider changes to the state's execution protocol.
  • A Tahlequah Teacher is Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Budget cuts for jury trials could push up Tulsa jail expenses.
  • A state trooper is arrested for rape and kidnapping.
  • An early morning fire leave a five-year old in critical condition in Tulsa.
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