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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
6:39 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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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Tulsa's Sheriff goes to court to force the DOC to pick-up its inmates from his jail.
  • Proposals for downtown Tulsa parking garages are picking up support.
  • Oklahoma adoption papers are filed in the Baby Veronica case.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Memorial High School gets a half-million dollar grant for AP programs.
  • The Governor wants a review of the GRDA.
  • Gasoline prices jump 16-cents a gallon in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Our First Local Newscast of the New Week

In the local news:

  • The OSU Medical Center has a plan to combat Oklahoma's rural doctor shortage.
  • A closed Tulsa school may soon be sold. A public meeting is set for later this week.
  • Visitation at the Tulsa Jail can now be done over video.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Friday's First News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Tulsa celebrates America's birthday.
  • Fraud prevention seminars as set for Tulsa and Bartlesville.
  • The Pryor Thunderbird Youth Academy is looking for at-risk recruits
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Topping the Local News:

  • Tulsa city leaders say they are not involved in an Olympic bid.
  • Oklahoma's sex offender rolls could be trimmed.
  • A Tulsa County Life-Guard is honored for saving a life. She says she was just "doing my job".
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa firefighters battle a two alarm apartment fire.
  • The mid-west economy holds its own.
  • Oklahoma bridges are getting safer
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Local & Regional
6:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Monday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Gasoline prices drop in Tulsa to $2.99 per gallon for regular unleaded.
  • Should Tulsa's Animal Shelter be relocated? City Councilors discuss the idea.
  • Tulsa has a lot of hiking and biking trails, but few connections to our neighborhoods. An expert calls it a "health issue".
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Local & Regional
8:40 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Arrest in Sand Springs Attempted Rape

Suspect Steve Bowes
Credit Sand Springs Police

The Sand Springs Police Department makes an arrest in connection with the attempted rape of a 20 year old Sand Springs woman. Tips led detectives to 49-year-old Steven Ray Bowes  of Tulsa.

As a result of the interview, as well as the recovery of evidence believed to be associated with this case, Bowes was arrested on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and attempted forcible sodomy.

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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

  •   Health Care proposals are presented to a state agency.
  • The Food-mobile, a mobile supermarket,  is rolling in Tulsa.
  • Agency crack down on crime in the 61st and Peoria area.
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