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
6:37 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa gets over $1-million to help clean-up Brownfields.
  • A City Councilor feels out-of-the-loop when it comes to Tulsa scandals.
  • A blaze destroys a historic Claremore church.
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Local & Regional
8:54 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Baby Veronica: What About the Child?

One of the Family and Children's Service outreach locations in Tulsa.
Credit F&C Services

The court room tug of war over Oklahoma's Baby Veronica could be taking a toll on the child’s well being. Christine Marsh is the director of Trauma Services for Tulsa’s Family and Children's Services. She says the first years of life are where children learn about relationships and trust.

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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • After two cases of children found wandering the streets of Tulsa, the DA warns parents.
  • The Tug-of-War over Baby Veronica could be taking a toll on the child.
  • Tulsans march for Tray Von Martin
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

  •   A South Carolina Court issues a ruling in the Baby Veronica Tug-of-War with an Oklahoma father.
  • Mayor Bartlett says criminal charges could be filed against five terminated Public Works employees.
  • How best to finance health care is debated at a Tulsa forum.
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Local & Regional
7:37 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Oklahoma's Corrections Crisis: We Have Been Here Before

The prison at McAlester burns during the 1973 riot.
Credit Oklahoman Collection Oklahoma Historical Society

Forty years ago this month, flames raced through the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester. Inmates took guards hostage and demand change. David Hall was Oklahoma’s Governor back then. He remembers it well.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The first town hall meeting is held on Tulsa's proposed capital improvement package.
  • Residents in Oologah are allowed to return home after lightning sets off a natural gas fire.
  • Tulsa's Lottery winner comes forward.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A preliminary hearing is underway for two suspects in last winter's Fairmont Terrace homicides.
  • The Tulsa Sheriff and the Department of Corrections are at odds over how long is too long for inmates to be housed in county jails.
  • A $1-Million Lottery ticket is floating around Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Monday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A preliminary hearing is to to begin today in the murder of four women at a south Tulsa apartment complex.
  • A Tulsa City Councilor wants "Progress As Promised" signs to contain his name as well as the other members of the council. Right now, the signs just have the mayor's name.
  • Tulsa's "Trash to Energy" plant celebrates a second anniversary of destroying unwanted drugs.
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Local & Regional
7:31 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The City Council presents its $920-million capital improvement project.
  • Governor Fallin wants an audit of the Corrections Department.
  • Tulsa's Circle Cinema turns 85.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Tulsa's Top Local Stories for Thursday Morning from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A meeting is set between the head of the GRDA and Governor Fallin.
  • The Tulsa Area gets a major grant to help prepare for emergencies.
  • Former Owasso City Manager Rodney Ray enters a not guilty plea in district court.
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