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
6:40 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • City Councilors probe Police and Fire officials as what they would do if a 'public safety tax' is approved by voters.
  • Trader Joe's will open its first Oklahoma grocery store in Brookside.
  • A state senate leader warns budget cuts could be deep to key agencies.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Most school districts call off classes again.
  • Roads are passable.
  • A water line break causes problems around 41st and Harvard.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The latest on the weather threat.
  • School Bonds in Tulsa are approved.
  • One person is dead and another hospitalized following Tulsa shootings.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of a Tulsa school bond proposal and several other items.
  • A new development is planned for Berryhill.
  • A man is killed in an overnight Tulsa car crash on Highway 75.
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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Calculations Make Oklahoma, US Earthquake Numbers Differ

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Records indicate that the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported half as many magnitude 4.0 and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey did.

The Tulsa World reports that the differences are due to the way the agencies calculate earthquake magnitudes.

While OGS reports six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last year, the USGS reported 14 earthquakes in that range. This year, 13 earthquakes in that range have been reported by OGS while 21 have been reported by the USGS.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Residents could vote on 'Water in the River' this October.
  • A fire near Sperry destroys a home as fire-fighters are forced to retreat.
  • Senator Inhofe has a new weapon in his  Climate Change fight; a snow-ball.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears an alleged  discrimination case from Tulsa.
  • Gasoline price are up, but the price of oil remains low.
  • State lawmakers consider allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Gay Conversion Therapy is debated in a State House Committee.
  • An overnight fire causes damage to a downtown Tulsa hotel.
  • Despite reports of progress, no jail agreement yet.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Many schools are closed today because of the weather.
  • An arrest is made in an Osage County murder case.
  • Progress is reported on a Tulsa Jail agreement.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • The latest on the changing weather.
  • The state's budget chief is worried about agency "swag".
  • A woman is arrested after leading the OHP on a high speed chase.
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