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
6:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Senator Tom Coburn delivers an emotional farewell address on the U.S. Senate floor.
  • TU names a new head football coach.
  • Tulsa City Council turns down a proposed Brady Heights Apartment complex.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma ranks above average in Health Readiness.
  • The missing Ponca City girl is found safe in North Tulsa.
  • We will learn the judge's ruling in a football game later this morning.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Spirit will transfer wing work and $160-million to Triumph.
  • Sales Tax figures for Tulsa increase, yet again.
  • Gasoline prices continue to decline.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News

Our Top Local News:

  • The city will make $4-million available for downtown improvement loans.
  • Oklahoma's Attorney General is accused of lobbying for energy companies.
  • Construction is underway at the Gathering Place.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • A proposal is floated to rotate city council leadership positions based on political parties, even though the elections are non-partisan.
  • Mayor Bartlett is cleared in a ethics review regarding the Riverside sidewalk.
  • A mini-hiring boom is underway in Tulsa, but officials say it is just season.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the Local News:

  • The mayor releases his proposal on funding police.
  • The outcome of an Oklahoma football game is headed to court.
  • This year's flu vaccine is not the most effective.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the Local News:

  • Bixby goes high-tech.
  • The OSSAA says the OKC Douglas/Locust Grove ruling on the field.... Stands.
  • More Oklahoma earthquakes. They seem to be getting stronger.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

Our Top Local Stories:

  • The Tulsa Jail is coming up short to make payroll.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds a tax cut bill.
  • Gasoline prices tumble. Could hit $2 a gallon by Christmas.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's City Council members take the oath of office.
  • The Tulsa School Board reviews bond proposal projects.
  • Bill Blankenship is out as TU's Head Football Coach.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News

In the local news:

  • Light freezing drizzle causes no major traffic problems in Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa School Board considers projects for bond proposal tonight.
  • Tulsa's next City Council takes the oath of office today.
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