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
6:34 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • More rain for Tulsa.
  • A lawman is shot during a chase on Highway 169 in Nowata County.
  • Highway repair projects get underway in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Thursday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Keystone Lake continues to rise.
  • OU and TU share a multi-million dollar health grant.
  • The Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council gets a new director.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Flooding stops barge traffic in and out of the Tulsa Port.
  • Bids are sought for the review of the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A man is in jail after leaving his car on the rail road tracks in West Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Tuesday's Top Local News

In the Local News:

  • More rain is in the forecast for this week.
  • Flooding problems subside in the Tulsa area.
  • The rain will bring an increase in mosquitoes this summer.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Flash Flood Watch is posted for the much of Oklahoma, including Tulsa.
  • OK-Pop fails in the state house. Backers are expected to try again today.
  • Hayden Griffith graduates at Ramona without a feather in her cap.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Thursday Morning's News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma House approves the $7.1 billion state budget. The senate takes it up today.
  • The Okmulgee District Attorney will take over the investigation into the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
  • Plans are announced for a Route 66 museum in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

Our Top Local Story:

  • State leaders reach a deal on a $7.1-Billion budget.
  • It is expected to be a soggy holiday weekend at Oklahoma Lakes.
  • The Tulsa Police Department discusses what to do with its share of a proposed public safety tax.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

Our Top Local Stories:

  • A new Tulsa jail cost plan is being formulated.
  • The OK-Pop Museum comes up one vote short because of a mistake.
  • The petition effort to remove Creek Chief George Tiger comes up short of signatures.
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Local & Regional
6:37 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The State School Superintendent is pleased with her first semester in office.
  • Clean-up is underway from weekend tornadoes in Green Country.
  • Oklahoma farmers say the rain arrived in time to save this year's wheat crop.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The OSBI is asked to review the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A stand-off ends at a Broken Arrow Golf Course.
  • A Tulsa proposal for the low water dams.
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