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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
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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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Efforts to curb Human Trafficking in Oklahoma.
  • Rapid Bus Transit is the focus of a Tulsa meeting.
  • A plane is overdue to the Claremore Airport and feared crashed in Arkansas. 
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A state lawmaker is urging the DHS to rethink its plans to close two state operated mental health facilities.
  • Runway renovation will get underway again this winter at the Tulsa International Airport.
  • Security will be tighter at future Hmong events in Tulsa. This follows a  shooting spree earlier this month.
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Local & Regional
9:11 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Oklahoma Prosecutor Wants 'Guilty but Insane' Verdict

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor wants to create a new option for verdicts in criminal cases where the defendant claims he was insane when the crime was committed.

State law permits criminal defendants who claim they are not responsible for their actions due to a psychiatric illness or mental disability to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says that outcome does not hold a defendant accountable.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A state committee looks at the link between poverty and domestic violence.
  • Tea Party backed protesters greet Republican Governor Fallin in Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa City Council delays a vote again on increasing EMSA's emergency response time.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Congressman Jim Bridenstine and most of the Oklahoma delegation votes no on reopening the government. (Senator Inhofe did not vote. He recently underwent open heart surgery.)
  • Governor Fallin announces her plan to seek re-election.
  • Crime in Tulsa is not on the increase according to FBI YTD stats.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Tulsa plays host to a national tribal convention.
  • Tight times could be ahead for Oklahoma state agencies.
  • A weekend shooting spree stuns Tulsa's tight-knit Hmong community.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

  •   The Tulsa Sheriff's office searches for bi-lingual deputies.
  • Funding for the BOK Center is not included in the $918-million capital propject.
  • Tulsa's homicide total jumps to 54 after a bust weekend for police.
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