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
6:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the morning news:

  • The Tulsa Islamic Society demonstrates against ISIS.
  • The eastbound I-244 bridge over the Arkansas River will be dedicated this morning.
  • A state lawmaker wants tougher inspections at drilling sites.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday from KWGS

Our Top Local Stories:

  • The latest on Tulsa's efforts to build low water dams on the Arkansas River.
  • City leaders debate green waste plans.
  • A GOP state lawmaker says he will not apologize for anti-Muslim remarks made on Facebook.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits with TU students.
  • The Cherokee Nation will bring 1,000 new jobs to an outlet shopping center.
  • The search continues for a 14-year-old special needs teenager in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Our Top Local Stories:

  • More Tulsa jury trials will be delayed.
  • A Supreme Court Justice will be on the TU campus today.
  • The City of Tulsa gets a $10.6-million grant to make changes to Riverside Drive at the Gathering Place.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from 89.5/KWGS for Monday

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett urges caution as water and public safety ballot proposals are drafted.
  • Over 100 Tulsa Police cars still do not have dash cams, some four years after the process started.
  • Counterfeit cash is being passed at Lawton garage sales.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The state releases its review of the Clayton Lockett execution.
  • Jury trails in Tulsa County are called off because of a flooded courthouse basement.
  • Two ex-cons are arrested on drugs charges across the street from Washington High School.
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Local & Regional
6:27 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • The state releases its report on the execution of Clayton Lockett.
  • St. Francis dedicates its new facilities at 61st and Yale.
  • The clean-up continues from this week's storm at Bartlesville.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • The clean-up continues in Bartlesville from a damaging storm.
  • Oklahoma Republicans bring their election campaigns to Tulsa.
  • A major project is announced for the Cherokee Nation.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A man is shot and killed this morning by Tulsa Police.
  • Schools are closed at Bartlesville as the town picks up from overnight storm damage.
  • Republicans bring their campaigns to Tulsa later today.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Friday

In the Local News:

  • The state's waiver of No Child Left Behind is yanked by the federal government.
  • Death Row Inmate Clayton Lockett died from state drugs, not a heart attack.
  • City and County leaders tour proposed low water dam sites.
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