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
6:34 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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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • A special session of the state legislature begins today.
  • New developments in the Veronica Brown case.
  • New jobs for Tulsa at a steady trickle.
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Transport Workers Union presents petitions to the Department of Justice concerning the American Airlines/US Airways merger.
  • EMSA wants a rate increase.
  • A Grand Jury could be called to look into the operation of Rogers County Government.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In our local news:

  • Tulsa and legislative leaders meet to discuss priorities.
  • A trucker is killed while trying to avoid a bank robbery suspect at Miami.
  • Tulsa Remembers Dr. King's Dream
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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Fallin Names Michael McNutt as Press Secretary

Michael McNutt
Credit Governor's Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has named longtime state Capitol reporter Michael McNutt as her press secretary.

McNutt has worked almost 30 years for The Oklahoman, including eight years at the paper's Capitol Bureau. During that time he covered the office of governor, the House of Representatives, various state agencies and a number of political campaigns.

Before moving to the Capitol, McNutt served as The Oklahoman's assistant news editor and assistant city editor. He has also worked in the newspaper's Enid bureau and for newspapers in Enid and Rolla, Mo.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • An Amber Alert is issued for a missing boy from Cherokee County.
  • A lawsuit is filed on behalf of 20 women who say they were groped at a half-way home in Turley.
  • A 4-year-old girl is killed in a traffic accident at a Tulsa School.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Cherokees hold a rally for Dusten Brown.
  • A vigil is held in Kellyville, remembering four people  killed last weekend in a car crash.
  • A teacher pay hike plan grabs the attention of a state senator and Tulsa School Superintendent.
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Local & Regional
6:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Here a recap of this morning's local news:

  • Are we losing the edge once Pre-K students get into regular school?
  • The highway in front of the International Airport gets a new name.
  • The lack of immigration reform is having an impact on Oklahoma farms.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In our local news this morning:

  • The Tulsa City Council moves forward with a $198-million capital improvement package.
  • The clean-up of storm debris continues as we approach the one-month mark since the storm.
  • Services are planned for the victim of a so-called 'Thrill Killing" in southern Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • It is the first day of school in the Tulsa Public Schools.
  •   Expects are reviewing the Tulsa jail operation.
  • Oklahoma officials express concern about the measles outbreak in Texas spreading north.
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