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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
6:58 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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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • 19-year-old Sammie Chavez is convicted of plotting to kill fellow students at Bartlesville.
  • The tug-of-war over pre-schooler Veronica may not be over.
  • Ground is broken for a new retail complex in Broken Arrow.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Veronica is turned over to adoptive parents.
  • Testimony continues for a Bartlesville teen accused of plotting to kill fellow high school students.
  • Work is underway on a new health contract for the Tulsa jail.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett says internet sales is hurting Tulsa's sales tax collections.
  • Efforts move forward to collect signatures with the ultimate goal of placing safe rooms in Oklahoma Schools.
  • A trial date could be set today for two brothers accused of killing four women last winter in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
7:47 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hear Our Interview with 'Steve's Sundry' Owner on Closing Decision

Steve's Sundry is on Harvard, south of the Broken Arrow Expressway.
Credit KWGS News

Steve's Sundry owner, Joannie Stephenson, discusses the decision to close the iconic book store in Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Two Tulsa County residents have the West Nile Virus.
  • Tulsa's non-partisan mayor race becomes partisan.
  • A Tulsa destination for books and soda, Steve's Sundry, is closing.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news this morning:

  • Oklahoma's SNAP program will be cut by $66 million.
  • More layoffs could be ahead at American Airlines in Tulsa.
  • Hep C confirmed at Tulsa Dentist's office.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In Our Local News:

  • The state is defying a Pentagon policy dealing with benefits for gay benefits for national guard members.
  • The Cherokee Nation has a huge economic impact on the state.
  • 'Improve Our Tulsa' begins its campaign for $918-million.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office ponders what impact Health Care Reform will have on inmate health care.
  • Hearings will get underway on the OSSAA.
  • 42-people arrested in Northeast Oklahoma. Some are accused with Human Trafficking.
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