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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
6:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news this Monday morning:

  • The clean-up from the July windstorm is moving slowly, but not as slow as the 2007 ice storm clean-up.
  • Congressman Markwayne Mullin has more Town Hall meetings this week.
  • Oklahoma's Correction Crisis: A Tulsa State Senator speaks out.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Friday Morning LOCAL News

In the local news this morning:

  • Brady Street is renamed for a different  Brady.
  • A court hearing is set for today in Tahlequah in the Veronica Brown adoption case.
  • It is back to school today in tornado damaged Moore.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

In our local news:

  • A compromise may be in the works in the Veronica Brown case.
  • The Tulsa City Council will take up the Brady name issue again tonight.
  • Food Pyramid is exiting the Tulsa market.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

In the local news from KWGS:

  • Reaction to the Justice Department's attempt to block the American and U.S. Airways merger.
  • Governor Fallin weighs in in the Veronica battle as the adoptive parents come to Oklahoma.
  • Ron Peters wins the County Commission District Three seat in a special election.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local News

In the local news at KWGS:

  • It will be another soggy day across Green Country. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is posted for the region.
  • Dusten Brown bonds out of jail after surrendering himself to authorities.
  • This is election day in Tulsa County Commission District 3.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Heavy rain is in the forecast for Tulsa.
  • The latest in the Baby Veronica Case.
  • An Oklahoma Congressman is not hopeful for immigration reform this session.
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Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In our local news this Friday Morning:

  • No name change for Brady Street..... Yet!
  • City leaders discuss why the Green Waste site is now operating as planned.
  • A burglary suspect's hide-out is under a Tulsa Expressway.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

  •  The 'Gathering Place' clears a Planning Commission hurdle.
  • Mayor Bartlett proposes changes to the city employee pension plan.
  • The School Board hires a new Assistant Superintendent
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the KWGS Local News:

  • The latest on the plan to sell Tulsa's Spirit Aerosystems operation, including reaction from the mayor.
  • Test are conducted on county jail inmates to see if they have MRSA.
  • A new Deputy Superintendent is proposed for the Tulsa Public Schools
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsans voice concerns over some of the projects in the Capital Improvement Package.
  • Six People are indicted for Casino Bribery.
  • The Governor has a new education plan.
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