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
6:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hear Tuesday's Top Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa's BIG chill (at least for July).
  • Chamber leaders detail a new workplace readiness program.
  • Common Core goes before the State Supreme Court.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Get Up to Date with Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In our local news:

  • The latest on Oklahoma's immigration issues.
  • Work continues to renovate the half-way McDonald's on the Will Rogers Turnpike.
  • Tulsa's new Costco will be the first of several planned for the state.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • With out tools of the trade, reporters are allowed to tour immigration dorms at Fort Sill.
  • Democrat candidate for Governor Joe Dorman releases his education funding plan.
  • New report: Poverty brings about more poverty.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Immigration reform takes center stage in Oklahoma.
  • Tulsa educators now review Tulsa's Third Grade Reading Academy
  • Costco moves forward with Tulsa plans
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The death of the suspect closes the serial sexual assault case in Tulsa.
  • A proposed strip club  for Amish Country has a state lawmaker looking for answers.
  • The latest on the proposal to close Tulsa's mail sorting facility.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A one-stop enrollment center is opened in the Tulsa Public School District.
  • A state trooper is arrested for on-duty DUI.
  • A new roadway is dedicated in Broken Arrow. It is expected to bring economic development.
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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Rogers County Sunday Liquor Begins

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers County restaurants served alcohol for the first time on Sunday.

Voters last month approved the sale of on-site beer, wine and liquor and county commissioners made July 1st the effective date of the new law.

Liquor stores in the county still must stay closed on Sunday.

Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The second City Hall in Your Neighborhood meeting is tonight at the TCC Southeast Campus.
  • If all goes as planned, the Lewis Bridge over I-44 could reopen later this month.
  • Questions are raised about a plan to build storm shelters in each Oklahoma School.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Thursday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Our top local stories:

  • Downtown is safer that most believe, according to Police.
  • Congressman Bridenstine is told to g0 away and come back later. He told to make an appointment if he wants to tour a facility holding undocumented juveniles at Fort Sill.
  • The state supreme court is asked to settle the District Attorney candidate challenge.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The economic outlook is good for Oklahoma, according to a new survey.
  • North Tulsa's Gateway Market closing will leave the community without a supermarket, again.
  • Reimbursement rates are cut for Oklahoma Medicaid doctors.
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