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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
6:45 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

This morning's top local stories:

  • City Councilors struggle with budget cuts.
  • An arrest is made in a Muskogee murder.
  • The wheat harvest means big business for Tulsa's port.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • A jail agreement is extended 90-days.
  • Sales Tax revenue in Tulsa is up.
  • Remembering Standpipe Hill.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  •  Pawnee will start soon on new water wells as town's water lake goes dry.
  •  Attorneys for Tulsa County towns says the sheriff lack the authority to set jail rates.
  • Light bulbs will be given to the needy with food supplies.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Today's Top Local Stories:

  • The Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate discuss the issues.
  • The Tulsa Airport announces an expansion project.
  • Water quality issues remain at the Bernice Swim Beach on Grand Lake.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Tuesday's Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Undocumented juveniles will be housed at Fort Sill.
  • Like those elsewhere in the nation, Oklahoma veterans are having to wait for VA medical care.
  • The rash of violent crime in Tulsa has police perplexed as to why.
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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Fares for Tulsa Transit will likely increase.
  • Tulsa's Unemployment Rate tumbles.
  • The fate of medical marijuana in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Schools will again take steps this summer to supply the nutritional needs of hungry children.
  • An Oklahoma man is dead from a new tick-borne virus.
  • "All the World is a Stage" and that stage is up for auction in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • More rain is expected in the Tulsa area, following flooding yesterday near Fort Gibson and Warner.
  • Oklahoma's Wheat Harvest is getting underway.
  • The Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism campaigns against Native American mascot names.
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Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council hears from citizens upset over proposed cuts to Tulsa Transit.
  • A new state budget agreement is sent to the Governor.
  • Efforts to put water in the river move forward in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers Overrides Governor's reading veto.
  • Rogers County D.A. cleared.
  • Why are Tulsa budget projections so far off?
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