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
6:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • The state executive branch begins new terms.
  • A court refuses to stop this week's Oklahoma execution.
  • A water line break heavily damages a Tulsa gas station.
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Local & Regional
6:30 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

  •   Governor Fallin begins her second term today.
  • A developmentally challenged Tulsa teenager is missing, again.
  • The flu closes school in Minco today.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The flu claims 13 lives in one week in Oklahoma.
  • Still no school at Oologah-Talala as officials await test results as to what killed a six year-old.
  • Tulsa preps for Garth's homecoming.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Bitter cold closes some regional schools and causes problems for firefighters.
  • Governor Fallin wants to address Corrections Department issues.
  • A Tulsa energy company is relocating.
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Local & Regional
8:53 am
Wed January 7, 2015

A Tulsa Effort to Curb Domestic Violence

KWGS' John Durkee discusses the issue with Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Tracy Lyall of DVIS and Suzanne Stewart of the Tulsa Family Safe Center
Credit TCC

First the stats in 2014:

  • 20 women were killed in Tulsa.
  • 12 deaths were attributed to domestic violence.
  • Over 22,000 domestic violence calls were placed to Tulsa's dispatch center last year.
  • 14% of the victims at Tulsa's Family Safe Center are males.

In this report, we take a look at the local problem and learn what is being done to address the issue.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • A Wind Chill Advisory is posted for the Tulsa area.
  • Some Tulsa Parks could be sold.
  • On State Capitol Watch: State Lawmakers meet for the first time in 2015.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oil price drop below $50 a barrel.
  • Oklahoma's AG comes under fire from his own party over state's rights.
  • Tulsa Teachers want input into superintendent selection.
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Local & Regional
6:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett wants a vote this year on two funding proposals.
  • An earthquake shakes Guthrie, again.
  • The American Airlines Pilot Union sets a vote.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Christmas Eve

In the local news:

  • Holiday travelers are finding no delays at Tulsa International this morning.
  • Death Row inmates will appeal a ruling that says Oklahoma Death Chamber protocol is constitutional.
  • 3 Tulsa County residents are arrested in western Oklahoma with 85 pounds of marijuana.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • A slight chance of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. Less than an inch expected.
  • Who runs the Tulsa Jail? Is it the Sheriff or the Jail Authority?
  • A judge rules Oklahoma's execution protocol is constitutional.
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