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
6:49 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local News

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case involving Oklahoma's abortion laws.
  • Stalking allegations are made in the mayor's race.
  • Abducted Missouri children are found safe in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Top Local Stories for Monday Morning

In the top local stories:

  • The Mid-America economy, including that of Oklahoma, is declining.
  • The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is considering a lawsuit over new OWRB standards.
  • Gas prices in Tulsa are among the cheapest in the nation. An expert explains why.
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Local & Regional
7:23 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Today's Top Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council blasts the Mayor for not showing up at a council committee meeting to discuss the budget shortfall. The Mayor did send the city finance director.
  • The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will crack down tonight on drunk drivers on Tulsa's expressway system.
  • Educators and weather experts talk about school safety with an Oklahoma House interim committee.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Top Local Stories for Thursday Morning

In the local news:

  • Changes are coming to Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Program.
  • Tulsa Technology dedicates a new Sand Springs facility.
  • The Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner urges you to consider "Earthquake Insurance".
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Rain and storms are likely today in Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa Trash Board considers refunds to Green Waste customers.
  • Former State Representative Randy Terrill is found guilty of bribery.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In our local news:

  • PSO rates will be dropping.
  • Mayoral candidates discuss health issues.
  • A new law enforcement training facility is planned.
  • Halloween Costumes? It is Bartlett over Taylor.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma health experts are bracing for what could be a rough flu season.
  • Tulsan Chris Benge prepares for the next chapter in his life as the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
  • The bridge over Keystone will be closed for 13-months worth of renovation.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

This morning's top local news stories:

  • The Tulsa Council approves giving EMSA two additional minutes to arrive at an emergency.
  • The Tulsa School Superintendent smacks the State Department of Education in a letter sent home to parents.
  • The TSA opens an express lane at the Tulsa International Airport. But, it is not open to all.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Chamber of Commerce executive Chris Benge, the former speaker of the Oklahoma House, is named the new Oklahoma Secretary of State.
  • State lawmakers look at why so many women are incarcerated in Oklahoma, while diversion programs are ignored.
  • A woman is pistol whipped during an overnight burglary at an east Tulsa apartment.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Wednesday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The federal government is cracking down on businesses for not providing enough handicapped parking.
  • A worker is shot during the robbery of the Brookside KFC.
  • A Pryor business owner and his wife are killed in an Arkansas plane crash.
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