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
6:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma is ranked number 2 in the latest figures on Teen Pregnancy.
  • A new TU program explores PTSD recovery options.
  • Dorman out-raises Fallin in summer fund raising.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • It is the first morning of the new school year in the Tulsa Public Schools.
  • Officials say a 238-count indictment will crimp Tulsa drug traffic.
  • Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler enters a plea on a first degree murder charge.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Police officer is charged with murder
  • Many Oklahoma prisons are over capacity according to a new report.
  • Tulsa teachers prepare to head back to the classroom.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • New life for Justice Reinvestment.
  • The Mayor wants a spring vote on adding water to the river.
  • A house fire takes the life of a Tulsa man.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Friday

In our local news:

  • Petitions seeking a statewide vote on medical marijuana will be turned in today.
  • A dip in Math and Reading scores  has schools looking  for answers.
  • An apartment fire in Tahlequah leaves people homeless.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa pastor is indicted for fraud.
  • Memorial Services are held for Jeremy Lake.
  • Senator Tom Coburn says good-bye.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Job stress for emergency responders.
  • The Tulsa Chamber honors Senator Coburn.
  • The Tulsa Zoo celebrates World Elephant day.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Tuesday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa County receives no bids to audit jail expenses.
  • An OHP Trooper is accused of rape.
  • The Governor releases emails on ACA.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the Local News:

  • Over half of the children in Oklahoma are covered by Oklahoma Health Care Authority programs.
  • Two people are dead in a Tulsa traffic crash. One of the drivers is being held for DUI.
  • Down on the farm: Crop surveys are now being done by drones.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In this morning's local news:

  • A review of Oklahoma's high female incarceration rate.
  • 150-people turnout for a candle light vigil for a teenaged, allegedly shot and killed by an off duty Tulsa Police officer.
  • We tour Tulsa's new fire training center.
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