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
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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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • A new report is critical of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
  • Nordam will create 300 new Tulsa jobs.
  • Margaritaville gets Army Corps permission for Tulsa expansion.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Hilti announces plans to relocate its headquarter from Tulsa.
  • Help for Oklahoma's troubled veterans.
  • Gasoline prices continue to drop in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • State leaders discuss 'What If' scenarios for Ebola.
  • The Attorney General says Oklahoma is NOT ready to conduct executions.
  • Tulsa wins a top award from Google.
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Local & Regional
6:11 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • A Cushing lawmaker wants an Oklahoma DNA data base.
  • The Tulsa Health Department meets to reassure members of the Liberian Community about Ebola dangers.
  • Residents in South Coffeyville are hitting the bottle... bottled water that is... Residents are told not to drink tap water after a flash flood severed a water line.
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Local & Regional
6:24 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Heavy Rain is expected in the region.
  • The state renovates its death chamber.
  • A Tulsa pastor pleads guilty to taking almost a million dollars.
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