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
8:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Monday Review

Credit State of Oklahoma

In our weekly chat with two state lawmakers;  Tulsa Democrat Eric Proctor and Broken Arrow Republican David Brumbaugh discuss the death of Representative David Dank, the state budget woes and expanding charter schools in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz meets with reporters regarding a reserve deputy charged with manslaughter of a suspect.
  • Mayor Bartlett expresses concern about Tulsa declining sales tax revenue.
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Local & Regional
8:24 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • New developments in the Sheriff's Shooting Case.
  • A City Councilors details her own public safety proposal.
  • Tulsa Fire crews head to the zoo overnight.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A new aviation/education partnership is announced in Tulsa.
  • Kevin Matthews becomes a state senator.
  • Tulsa leaders look at zoning revisions.
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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Reserve Deputy Bob Bates is free on bond as residents protest law enforcement brutality in Tulsa.
  • The Oklahoma AG says he'll defend school districts that allow private citizens to distribute Bibles on campus.
  • The Oklahoma Legislature pays tribute to the State's National Guard.
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Local & Regional
7:25 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Reserve Deputy is charged with manslaughter.
  • Wal-Mart suddenly closes its Admiral and Memorial store for 6-months.
  • Another is planned for downtown Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
7:05 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa sales tax figures take a hit.
  • New figures showing little improvement in addressing Oklahoma's hunger issues.
  • A major waterline breaks are causing problems near 41st and Harvard and Pine and Garnett.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A bill allowing nitrogen  gas to be used in Oklahoma executions is sent to the Governor's desk.
  • The family of a Tulsa man killed by a reserve deputy want answers from the Tulsa Sheriff's Office.
  • A huge gift for Sand Springs is presented for park renovation.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa School Bus rolls on a busy expressway. Students and the driver are hurt.
  • An agreement is reached with Tulsa's next school superintendent.
  • The Tulsa Zoo has a record month.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe weather will be possible across Oklahoma later in the day.
  • A fluid spill causes a massive crash on Highway 75 in north Tulsa.
  • State Representative Kevin Mathews wins a special election for a vacant state senate seat in Tulsa.
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