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
6:59 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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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Thursday

In the local news:

  • The Mayor uses State of City Address to stump for public safety tax.
  • Waterline break at Pine and Utica closes Pine in that area.
  • Non-profits get a CNG gift.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Election results.
  • National Guard Helicopters get covered in fire suppressant foam in Tulsa.
  • Broken Arrow lifts its water conservation measures.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Four people, including two children, are found dead in a Tulsa apartment.
  • This is election day in Oklahoma. Run-off elections will be decided.
  • The Tulsa Port of Catoosa holds a job fair later today.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News from 89.5/KWGS for Monday

In the local news:

  • A hot and steamy day across Oklahoma. Tulsa's High will be 101.
  • The Mayor considers options if no jail agreement with the county is reached.
  • Broken Arrow residents are asked to conserve water.
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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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