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
6:55 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

This morning's top local stories:

  • Tulsa International Airport's control tower may be closed overnight because of sequestration.
  • The US Supreme Court takes up the water war between Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Amber Hilberling learns her fate later today.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's local news:

  • More criticism of Governor Fallin's refusal to accept Medicaid Expansion.
  • Community activist for the disabled Nate Water dies at age 35.
  • A Tulsa condo fire kills two people.
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Local & Regional
9:54 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Earthquake Swarm Keeps Central Oklahoma All Shook Up

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tiny tremors shaking portions of central Oklahoma have proved more annoying than threatening but are still rattling homes and interrupting sleep.

Geologists aren't sure why the area around Arcadia and Luther is seeing an uptick in seismic activity. Some have speculated injection wells from the oil-and-gas industry could be contributing to the problem, while others say it's a natural phenomenon.

Since Tuesday, more than 16 minor temblors have been recorded in the region. The strongest quakes have ranged from magnitude 2.8 to 4.3.

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

Wednesday Morning's Top Stories

Topping our local news:

  • A system failure grounds American Airlines flights.
  • Tulsa Police study the Boston bombings to make sure Tulsa events are safe.
  • State Democrats lash out at the Governor over her refusal to accept Medicaid expansion.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Tulsans involved in the Boston Marathon are safe.
  • Mayor Bartlett imposes a hiring freeze at City Hall
  • Tulsa World War II vets prepare for an Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon April 15, 2013

States Line Up in Favor of Federal Adoption Law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to longstanding federal law on the adoption of Native American children.

On Tuesday, the court takes up the case of a South Carolina family fighting for custody of their adopted daughter. The couple adopted the girl several years ago, but her biological father argued in court that her mother gave her up without his consent. The state Supreme Court sided with the father — a member of the Cherokee Nation who'd never met the girl. She was returned to him in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Money is set aside for repair work for the state capitol.
  • This is tax deadline day!
  • The final touches are being put on the Mayor's proposed city budget.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News

Topping the local news:

  • Three Tulsa City Councilors get another term with no opposition.
  • A program to help troubled youth is being expanded in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa's in the running to be named a parking crater.
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Local & Regional
7:26 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Topping the local news:

  • A rally in Tulsa for the XL Pipeline.
  • Mayor Bartlett files for re-election.
  • This is Child Abuse Awareness Month in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • An identity theft ring is busted in Tulsa.
  • The filing period opens for municipal candidates.
  • The investigation continues into a fatal plane crash at Collinsville.
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