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
6:51 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears an alleged  discrimination case from Tulsa.
  • Gasoline price are up, but the price of oil remains low.
  • State lawmakers consider allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Gay Conversion Therapy is debated in a State House Committee.
  • An overnight fire causes damage to a downtown Tulsa hotel.
  • Despite reports of progress, no jail agreement yet.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Many schools are closed today because of the weather.
  • An arrest is made in an Osage County murder case.
  • Progress is reported on a Tulsa Jail agreement.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • The latest on the changing weather.
  • The state's budget chief is worried about agency "swag".
  • A woman is arrested after leading the OHP on a high speed chase.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa learns from Owasso on passing a Public Safety Tax.
  • Oklahoma Tax Credits would be reviewed under a bill passed out of a senate committee.
  • Investigation continues into the cause of the downtown Barnsdall fire.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's budget shortfall is $611.3 million dollars.
  • A house sub-committee approves teacher raises.
  • PSO begins installing smart meters in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • An update on road conditions/school closings.
  • Officials look for a Common Core replacement.
  • Exact numbers will be learned today in the state's budget shortfall.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the Local News:

  • New warnings about Tulsa Arkansas River Levee system.
  • The Oklahoma Budget hole is getting deeper.
  • This flu season sets a record for deaths in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Middle Schoolers in advanced math get a double-testing waiver from the feds.
  • A texting and driving measure clears an Oklahoma house committee.
  • The Governor is being lobbied to change her position on accepting federal funds for the Affordable Care Act. A spokesman says she will not budge.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa officials hold school bond meetings as measure pass at the ballot box in Jenks, Broken Arrow and Union.
  • A sexual predator measure clears a state senate committee.
  • American Airlines announce a review of its maintenance operations.
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