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
6:49 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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Local & Regional
6:29 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The bitter cold hangs on across Oklahoma.
  • Tulsa remembers its veterans.
  • Oklahoma's Corrections Director wants 1,000 new prison beds.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • 'Baby, it is cold outside!'
  • A federal court clears the way for a Broken Arrow Casino.
  • City leaders are "invited" to court. It is the latest in the Tulsa Jail fuss.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Monday Morning's News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The fire danger is high today.
  • A pick-up truck sparks a wildfire near Mounds.
  • The latest on the jail fuss.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News

In the local news:

  • Democrats discuss the election loss.
  • The City and County fuss over custody of a homicide suspect.
  • Garth Books will play the BOK.
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