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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
6:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Thursday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • We have the latest on the storm clean-up and aftermath.
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court says "no" to an Oklahoma based appeal of the Baby Veronica case.
  • Prison inmates at complete TCC classes at the Conner Correctional Center at Hominy.
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Why is the 'Justice Reinvestment Initiative' on the Shelf?

in a 2011 news conference at the State Capitol, then House Speaker Kris Steele announces the Justice Reinvestment program.
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

In 2011, the Oklahoma Justice Reinvestment Initiative passed the legislature with great fanfare and signed into law by Governor Fallin. Kris Steele was the Oklahoma House Speaker back then:

KRIS STEELE: “While the overall appropriation to corrections has increased 32% over the last 10-years, our violent crime rate continues to increase. 36 other states have experienced a decrease in their violent crime rate while in Oklahoma, ours remains high. In fact, it is increasing.”

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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A motorcycle crash leaves one man dead in Tulsa and an expressway shut down overnight.
  • The Cherokee Nation files a brief in the Baby Veronica case.
  • Two years after passage, the Justice Reinvestment plan sits on a shelf. Why?
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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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