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
6:45 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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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • An update on Tulsa's serial sexual assaults.
  • Reaction to the Hobby Lobby victory in the Supreme Court.
  • The Mayor wants a public-safety tax.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

The Top Local Stories:

  • We are standing-by for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby's case against the Affordable Care Act.
  • A weekend attack brings to eight, the number of sexual assaults committed by the same man this month, according to Tulsa Police.
  • The first of five "City Hall in Your Neighborhood" is planned for tonight.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Our Top Local Stories:

  • The State Board of Education tables a plan to re-draft education standards.
  • Meetings are held in central Oklahoma concerning the earthquakes.
  • Tulsa has soccer fever.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

Top Oklahoma Stories this morning: 

  • Reaction to Utah same-sex ruling.
  • Suit filed against Common Core repeal.
  • Clock is ticking on removing political yard signs.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Wednesday Morning News and Election Recap

In the local news:

  • Lankford and Hofmeister win their races without a run-off.
  • 'Insure Oklahoma' may get another year of life.
  • The search continues for a Tulsa sexual assault suspect.
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