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
6:40 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • A packed house for a town hall on a Riverside sidewalk.
  • Oklahoma gets its 'No Child Left Behind' waiver back.
  • Moving forward with  a jail agreement.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • A town-hall meeting on a controversial sidewalk is set for tonight.
  • Five people are killed in a Highway 169 weekend crash.
  • 11,000 runners take part in the Route 66 marathon in Tulsa
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Local & Regional
9:49 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Woman Killed in Tulsa Neighborhood

Credit file photo

Tulsa Police are investigating the overnight murder of a woman near 10th and South Lewis. That is about a half-mile west of the TU campus.

The discovery was made about 3:30 Saturday morning. The woman, believed to be homeless, was shot in the head and her belongings  ransacked. She is believed to be in her 30's.

Police have canvassed the area, but have found no witnesses.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Reaction---from both sides--- to President Obama's immigration plan.
  • City leaders debate a jail fee agreement.
  • Reputed gang members are indicted in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Thursday's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The River Spirit Casino project begins a new phase.
  • The Eastern Flyer will connect Tulsa and Oklahoma City by rail---- at least sort of.
  • Tulsa's StartUp Cup competitors show off their projects.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The DHS is told to crack down.
  • A major fire leaves one death in Guthrie.
  • Tulsa's teen pregnancy rate is dropping.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

  •   An agreement is reached on a Tulsa Jail fee.
  • Tulsa Teachers get a small pay raise.
  • The NCAA returns to Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Forecasters says there is now a chance of accumulating snow over the weekend.
  • The Linde Corporation expands at Tulsa's Port.
  • Cold weather fires keep firefighters busy in Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
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Local & Regional
7:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

2-Alarm Tulsa Apartment Fire

No one is injured in a pre-dawn fire at an east Tulsa apartment complex. The blaze was reported about 5 a.m. at the Leisure Manor Apartments in the 6900 block of East 15th Street. That is just to the east of Sheridan  on 15th.

The fire department says no one was injured in the blaze. About a dozen people were displaced in the 2-alarm fire.

The blaze may have been started by a heater.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Fire Fighters battle an apartment fire.
  • An earthquake in Kansas is widely felt in Oklahoma.
  • A quarter of a million kids live in poverty in Oklahoma.
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