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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
6:56 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News

Topping the local news:

  • Oklahoma House Democrats call for state testing firm to be fired.
  • City of Tulsa gets federal dollars to clean-up brownfields.
  • Two fatalities in Tulsa traffic in less than 12-hours.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Hertz will relocate Dollar-Thrifty headquarters from Tulsa.
  • An explosion causes damage and injuries at Eufaula.
  • The Tulsa mayoral race heats up.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In our local news this morning:

  • A local educator speaks out,  saying the proposed education budget is inadequate.
  • An Oklahoma Congressman wants to trim $20-Billion from the nation's food stamp program.
  • TU students turn in final projects at the Little Lighthouse.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

A warning is issued about flood damaged cars coming into the Oklahoma used car market.

Mayor Bartlett stumps for a public safety tax.

Senator Inhofe blames social services, in part, for immigration problems.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • The Governor and the legislature leadership come to terms on a $7-Billion budget.
  • The OSBI asks for help in thawing a cold case.
  • New jobs are coming to Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Glitches leads educators to question new testing.
  • A tax cut measure clears the legislature and heads to the governor.
  • Oklahoma's economy holds steady.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Top Local News for Wednesday Morning

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett proposes a $711-million budget.
  • A fire does damage at Tulsa's McKinley Elementary School.
  • Some state lawmakers draft a plan to help Oklahoma's uninsured.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news this morning:

  • Bunk beds will be used to help ease the over crowding crisis at the Tulsa County Jail.
  • Mayor Bartlett releases his proposed city budget this morning.
  • A proposal to build a medical facility on the site of the old Barnard Elementary school site is off the table.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • Final touches are being placed on next year's city of Tulsa budget. The mayor will present it to the council tomorrow.
  • Last week's late freeze did not damage this year's Oklahoma wheat crop.
  • The Governor signs a bill requiring heart screenings before an infant can be released from the hospital.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Friday Morning LOCAL News

In the Local News this morning:

  • The National Energy Policy Institute releases its report on the TU campus.
  •  Some Turley residents will face huge sewer bills.
  • 1-in-5 Oklahoma teen moms will give birth twice before reaching age 20.
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