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
6:37 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • A person is hospitalized at OSU Tulsa and will be monitored for Ebola.
  • A FREEZE WARNING is posted for the Tulsa area overnight.
  • Tulsa's jail contract with the county expires at midnight.
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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the morning news:

  • A FREEZE WARNING is issued for the Tulsa Metro.
  • A high speed chase ends with the recovery of 20-pounds of pot.
  • Tulsa County will pay the tab for the same-sex challenge.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The candidates for state school superintendent debate in Tulsa.
  • A former Tulsa County Deputy is arrested again for sexual assault.
  • A new program will place the spotlight on women athletics in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Your PSO electric bill will decrease even as you get a new high-tech electric meter.
  • Numerous charges await Oklahoma's  suspected Ten Commandment crasher.
  • Spartan announces a new aviation program.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The University of Tulsa is expected to announce the new college Health Science.
  • A Mini Oklahoma hiring boom is expected as the holidays approach.
  • 3.4 earthquake shakes northwest Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News

In the local news:

  • Plans are announced for a third Tulsa outlet mall.
  • Nearly 1-in-4 Oklahomans suffer from mental issues.
  • A Tulsa man is shot and killed while back a car on the north side.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The candidates for state school superintendent take part in a Tulsa forum.
  • Impact Tulsa announces its goals.
  • OSU cleared on major football infractions.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Two Oklahoma National Guard Fighter Jets collide over Kansas. One jet crashes after the pilot safely ejects from the cockpit.
  • A third outlet shopping center is coming to Tulsa.
  • The County Commission set a $118 booking fee for inmates.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • Monday morning starts off with rain.
  • State Mental Health officials express concern over military suicides.
  • A late night auto crash in Okmulgee County leaves three people dead.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • City and County leaders spar over jail fees.
  • U.S. Senator Inhofe wants a travel ban from West Africa until the Ebola threat eases.
  • KWGS welcomes 'Story Corps' back to Tulsa.
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