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 October 8, 2013

Tuesday Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Tulsa's mayoral candidates debate in a KWGS/Tulsa Kiwanis Debate. Hear it today on Studio Tulsa.
  • The Tulsa School Board extends the contract of superintendent Keith Ballard.
  • U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe undergoes open heart surgery.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In our local stories:

  • Despite weekend rain, the drought still has a strong grip on parts of Oklahoma.
  • There is a new legal challenge to the Oklahoma Special Needs Scholarship fund.
  • The Tulsa State Fair wraps up its 11-day run.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Top Local News for Friday Morning

In the local news:

  • City leaders will not ban sex offenders from distributing Halloween treats this year.
  • A city budget shortfall has Tulsa Finance officials reviewing the budget.
  • Mayoral candidate Kathy Taylor releases her crime fighting plan.
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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown Scam Operating in Tulsa

With the federal government shutdown,  scam artists are quickly circling Tulsa's elderly.  Spirit Bank CEO Kel Kelly says crooks are placing phone calls to the elderly seeking their bank account information.

KEL KELLY:  "They are saying that the shut down will affect their Social Security payment and that they need to give the shyster their information. "                        

He says banks already know your account information and so does Social Security.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The government shutdown could impact the Tulsa housing market and the Muskogee VA operations.
  • Homicides in Tulsa surpass 50. Police discuss why there has been a rash of murders.
  • Dusten Brown will not be sent to South Carolina as a result of his custody fight over his daughter.
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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Wednesday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Complete coverage on the government shut down and the  impact on Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa bank is fined $20,000 for charging higher interest rates to Hispanics.
  • Two people are killed in separate murders overnight in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • From Washington, D.C., Catherine Roberts reports on what the government shut down will mean to us in Oklahoma.
  • Enrollment begins for the ACA. We have two reports.
  • The old Morton Health Center is no longer considered a brownfield.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon September 30, 2013

This Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Sheriff's Office commissions a study to determine the cost of daily incarceration.
  • Tomorrow,  Oklahomans can start signing up for the Affordable Care Act.
  • Tulsa Police get a $1.25-million grant to fight violent crime.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The latest on Tulsa's "non-partisan" mayoral race.
  • 200 new jobs are coming to the area.
  • Three people are shot overnight in Tulsa; one is dead.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the KWGS Local News:

  • ACA premiums will be less than state leaders predicted.
  • OSU at Okmulgee opens at CNG facility.
  • A million people are expected to crowd  into the Tulsa State Fair Grounds over the next 11-days.
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