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
6:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • Educators and their supporters head to a massive state rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Governor Fallin is pleased with the legislative session so far.
  • The Tulsa Metro is growing----but just not as fast.
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Local & Regional
9:39 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Father, Son Escape Injury when Boat Explodes on Lake Texoma

Lake Texhoma
Credit Lake-Texhoma.net

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and his young son escaped injury when the boat they were on exploded on Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma.

The OHP says 35-year-old Eric Henry and 2-year-oild Huck Henry — both from Caddo — were thrown from the vessel when it exploded in more than 40 feet of water on Friday afternoon.

The patrol says both were wearing flotation devices and were rescued from the water by another boater.

Investigators say the cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The clean-up is underway from this week's deadly tornadoes.
  • A tornado victim tells his story.
  • Classes will be held on Monday in the TPS.
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Local & Regional
6:10 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • One dead, more injured in last night's tornado.
  • PSO reports over 10K customers still off line this morning.
  • Storms cancels schools in Tulsa and Sand Springs.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Average Price for Gasoline in Oklahoma Falls Slightly

A Tulsa gasoline pump
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for gasoline is down slightly in the past week in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the average price for a gallon of self-serve regular is $2.27 per gallon — two-and-a-half cents from last week. The national average price is $2.42 per gallon

Prices in selected cities in Oklahoma range from $2.16 per gallon in Grove to $2.36 per gallon in Guymon.

Motorists in Oklahoma City and Lawton are paying an average of $2.23 per gallon while the average in Tulsa is $2.18 per gallon.

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Leaders from Tulsa County towns come forward with a new Vision proposal.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes to call off classes Monday for a statewide education rally in OKC.
  • A wounded bald eagle takes flight again and KWGS News is there.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Both sides squabble over a Tulsa Jail agreement.
  • A new Vision Project for Tulsa County will be announced later today.
  • Organizers predict a bigger and better teachers' rally at the state capitol next Monday.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tulsa's Local News for Monday Morning

In the local news:

  • No agreement yet on housing city inmates in the county jail.
  • Tulsa Police say a man is dead after being hit by a police car.
  • Numerous Oklahoma earthquakes over the weekend.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The head of the state senate says all agencies will most likely face budget cuts, including education.
  • A police stand-off is underway in south Tulsa.
  • Efforts get underway to patch Tulsa's numerous pot holes.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The state school superintendent says a 4-percent cut would mean $100-Million less for education.
  • A water line break is causing problems near 38th and Harvard this morning.
  • A man is arrested after crashing his SUV through the gates at the Tulsa International Airport. He was arrested on the runway.
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