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
6:43 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In our local news:

  • City departments make needs known to the Public Safety Task Force.
  • There are new developments in the Sheriff's Department review.
  • A smash and grab jewelry heist at a south Tulsa store.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • As reported first by KWGS, The Tulsa County Under Sheriff resigns.
  • A 4.1 earthquake shakes central Oklahoma. It was felt, by some, in Tulsa.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court takes up an Oklahoma issue tomorrow dealing with executions.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • A state lawmaker warns Oklahoma's cash crisis may continue into next year.
  • A fatality crash kills a woman in Tulsa.
  • Two people are found murdered at an apartment near a Muskogee strip club.
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Local & Regional
6:32 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A homeless census wraps up in Tulsa.
  • Two Tulsa Police officers are hurt in a traffic crash.
  • Chronic earthquakes may mean an increase Oklahoma Insurance premiums.
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Local & Regional
11:51 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Officer Hurt in Unmarked Car Crash on 169

Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Police are investigating a crash in Highway 169 in which at least one Tulsa Police Officer has been injured.

The wreck is between a car and a dump truck on the expressway near 31st Street. The unmarked police car was hit by a dump truck, forcing the police car into the center retaining wall.

The officer was taken to the hospital.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Thursday's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Dueling Public Safety Tax proposals are floated at Tulsa City Hall.
  • CBS reports a Tulsa Reserve Deputy was investigated in the past for special treatment.
  • An update on reopening the now closed Blue Bell Plant at Broken Arrow.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed April 22, 2015

This Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • The state acknowledges the link between earthquakes and injection wells.
  • Reserve Deputy Bob Bates enters a not guilty plea to manslaughter charges.
  • A healthy family summit is held in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The latest on the Sheriff's Office problems.
  • Blue Bell recalls all of its ice-cream.
  • The search continues for missing boaters on Lake Eufaula.
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Local & Regional
8:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Monday Review

Credit State of Oklahoma

In our weekly chat with two state lawmakers;  Tulsa Democrat Eric Proctor and Broken Arrow Republican David Brumbaugh discuss the death of Representative David Dank, the state budget woes and expanding charter schools in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz meets with reporters regarding a reserve deputy charged with manslaughter of a suspect.
  • Mayor Bartlett expresses concern about Tulsa declining sales tax revenue.
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