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
6:41 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa has saved $24-million over five years by using a KPMG study.
  • Medical waste is found floating in the Arkansas River.
  • We are running out of space to store oil as the price continues to decline.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • QT or senior housing? The TPS wants your input on who to sale a vacant school lot too.  A meeting is set for tonight.
  • Crews plan to remove a crashed medical helicopter in McIntosh County.
  • There is an elevated fire threat today in northeast Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A medical helicopter crashes in McIntosh County.
  • Efforts to draft new state education standards move forward.
  • Oklahoma's liquor laws may be revamped.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Community leaders rally to "Say No to Hate".
  • Two people are dead in a Tulsa home invasion.
  • The Chief of the Creek Nation is asked to resign.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • 2 OU students are expelled for racial slurs on a frat video.
  • State lawmakers look for answers to the corrections crisis.
  • There is a new way to track city repair progress.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Tulsa Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • The head of the state senate wants more attention focused on budget issues.
  • An OU Frat House gets its charter yanked.
  • Preparing for Oklahoma's twister season
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • City Councilors probe Police and Fire officials as what they would do if a 'public safety tax' is approved by voters.
  • Trader Joe's will open its first Oklahoma grocery store in Brookside.
  • A state senate leader warns budget cuts could be deep to key agencies.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Most school districts call off classes again.
  • Roads are passable.
  • A water line break causes problems around 41st and Harvard.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • The latest on the weather threat.
  • School Bonds in Tulsa are approved.
  • One person is dead and another hospitalized following Tulsa shootings.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • Voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of a Tulsa school bond proposal and several other items.
  • A new development is planned for Berryhill.
  • A man is killed in an overnight Tulsa car crash on Highway 75.
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