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 March 24, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Both sides squabble over a Tulsa Jail agreement.
  • A new Vision Project for Tulsa County will be announced later today.
  • Organizers predict a bigger and better teachers' rally at the state capitol next Monday.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tulsa's Local News for Monday Morning

In the local news:

  • No agreement yet on housing city inmates in the county jail.
  • Tulsa Police say a man is dead after being hit by a police car.
  • Numerous Oklahoma earthquakes over the weekend.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The head of the state senate says all agencies will most likely face budget cuts, including education.
  • A police stand-off is underway in south Tulsa.
  • Efforts get underway to patch Tulsa's numerous pot holes.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The state school superintendent says a 4-percent cut would mean $100-Million less for education.
  • A water line break is causing problems near 38th and Harvard this morning.
  • A man is arrested after crashing his SUV through the gates at the Tulsa International Airport. He was arrested on the runway.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • A new report, from the USGS, says our earthquakes are man-made.
  • A person of interest is being questioned about Tulsa medical waste found in the Arkansas River.
  • Tulsans speak-out in opposition to a proposed Turkey Mountain outlet mall.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa has saved $24-million over five years by using a KPMG study.
  • Medical waste is found floating in the Arkansas River.
  • We are running out of space to store oil as the price continues to decline.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • QT or senior housing? The TPS wants your input on who to sale a vacant school lot too.  A meeting is set for tonight.
  • Crews plan to remove a crashed medical helicopter in McIntosh County.
  • There is an elevated fire threat today in northeast Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A medical helicopter crashes in McIntosh County.
  • Efforts to draft new state education standards move forward.
  • Oklahoma's liquor laws may be revamped.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Thursday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Community leaders rally to "Say No to Hate".
  • Two people are dead in a Tulsa home invasion.
  • The Chief of the Creek Nation is asked to resign.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • 2 OU students are expelled for racial slurs on a frat video.
  • State lawmakers look for answers to the corrections crisis.
  • There is a new way to track city repair progress.
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