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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.




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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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In our local news:

  • Tulsa sales tax figures miss the mark again.
  • A City Councilor voices concern about the length of time it is taking to clear Tulsa's July storm debris.
  • Rain may be around Tulsa this morning, but in Southwest Oklahoma  Lake Lurgert-Altus is running dry because of the drought.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Oklahoma leads the nation when it comes to cuts in school funding.
  • An estimated 1,000 children are homeless in Tulsa, according to figures presented to the Oklahoma Senate.
  • A Bankruptcy judge moves forward American Airlines recovery plans, but a federal lawsuit attempting to block a merger with US Airways is still pending.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

  • Governor Fallin discusses what is next for "Insure Oklahoma".
  • A Tulsa state lawmaker wants to be the District Attorney.
  • Tulsa may be about to get an outlet mall.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's high divorce rate in placed under the microscope at the state capitol.
  • Reaction to the OSU 'Dirty Game' allegations.
  • The preliminary hearing continues for the suspects in last winter's quadruple homicide in south Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The special legislative session wraps up.
  • The preliminary hearing continues for the suspects in last winter's quadruple Tulsa homicide.
  • New lights for the LaFortune Trail.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's local news:

  • The Tulsa School board is open for ideas on what to do with the old Barnard School site.
  • Ahead of the President's address on Syria, an Oklahoma Senator has already made up his mind.
  • State lawmakers prepare for a review of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Friday Morning LOCAL News

In our local news:

  • Dusten Brown is released from jail on extradition order.
  • The Mayor delivers his 'State of the City' address.
  • A state senate leader says a lawsuit reform measure will be declared unconstitutional.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News

The morning's top local stories:

  • Amber Alert is over. Missing child is found safe.
  • Governor orders Dusten Brown to South Carolina.
  • A lawsuit is filed against a Tulsa Dentist.
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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Wednesday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A special session of the legislature gets underway.
  • The latest in the 'Veronica Case'.
  • Tulsa new alternative library opens downtown.
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