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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
6:47 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Sunshine and dryer conditions are in the forecast after a soggy/stormy weekend.
  • An ammonia leak at the Broken Arrow Blue Bell plant.
  • A Washington County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy is arrested for DUI.
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Local & Regional
8:34 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Severe Weather Information Clearing House

Here is your one stop location for information you need concerning our severe weather threat in Green Country.

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Local & Regional
8:08 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Friday Morning's Top Local News

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's form of municipal government turns 25.
  • More severe weather is expected in Oklahoma this weekend.
  • New allegations regarding the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
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Local & Regional
6:31 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Storms cause heavy damage across Oklahoma!
  • A grand jury investigation is sought into the Tulsa Sheriff's office.
  • The Pardon and Parole could soon be using GPS to track parolees.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Tulsa Morning News for Wednesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Severe storms roll through Oklahoma overnight.
  • Governor Fallin signs the texting ban legislation.
  • A woman is killed in a crash with a Tulsa Police vehicle.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Bids are sought for a review of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
  • The Tulsa School Board votes to end year-around school calendar.
  • A meeting is set for tonight concerning an East Tulsa outlet mall.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Oklahoma economy remains stable.
  • A fire at the Islamic School in Tulsa was the work of young vandals.
  • The head of law enforcement certification in Oklahoma applauds efforts to increase training hours for reserve deputies and officers.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Tulsa's Friday Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Mayor Bartlett releases his proposed $758-million budget for Tulsa.
  • Police are investigating a drive-by shooting downtown. It has left a 19-year-old  woman dead.
  • The flu takes another Tulsa life.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Thursday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears the Oklahoma Death Row Drug case.
  • The state legislature passes a texting while driving ban.
  • The Mayor presents his city budget tonight
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In our local news:

  • City departments make needs known to the Public Safety Task Force.
  • There are new developments in the Sheriff's Department review.
  • A smash and grab jewelry heist at a south Tulsa store.
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