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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
6:50 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news at KWGS:

  • 100 more Oklahomans are hospitalized with the flu in the last week.
  • Governor Fallin wants repairs to the Oklahoma Capitol building.
  • A big economic development announcement is expected later this morning in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Thursday Morning's First Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The flu is even hitting the emergency responders.
  • Bond is increased for a person of interest in the Fairmont Terrace murders.
  • Senator Inhofe reacts to the President's gun proposals.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Topping the LOCAL NEWS this morning from KWGS:

  • A state Republican lawmaker is urging Governor Fallin to reverse her position on Medicaid expansion.
  • An inmate is being questioned about the Fairmont Terrace murders.
  • More problems for the troubled Tulsa Club downtown.
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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Republican Lawmaker Would Like Governor to Reconsider Health Expansion

The Governor of Arizona has changed her position on expanding Medicaid in her state under the Affordable Health Care Act. Republican Jan Brewer has decided to accept the federal expansion.

Here is Oklahoma, our Republican Governor has said ‘no’. But, the pressure is mounting for her to reconsider. At Grand Lake, taking care of flu victims in the Emergency Room at Grove, is Doctor Doug Cox. He is also a Republican State Representative. He would like to see Governor Fallin change her mind.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news this morning:

  • Jenks names Stacy Butterfield to be the next school superintendent.
  • A Tulsa house fire takes a life.
  • The city of Tulsa is fined for spending too slow.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Monday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett wants to see meetings among apartment owners/operators in high crime areas.
  • Governor Fallin has a plan to tackle Oklahoma's prescription drug abuse problem.
  • A Tulsa woman is arrested for murder.
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Local & Regional
7:47 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Friday Morning Local News

Topping our local news:

  • Tulsa's Police Chief asks for community help in solving this week's quadruple homicide.
  • The flu is hitting Oklahoma very hard. It has shut down the Kiefer Schools.
  • The Gilcrease expressway gets and extension.
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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

  • City Hall looks at ways to target high crime areas like 61st and Peoria where four people were killed earlier this week.
  • Planned Parenthood will close a west Tulsa clinic. It cites the loss of a state contract.
  • John Durkee reflects on the loss of Tulsa World reporter Brian Barber.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Topping our local news:

INCOG releases its plan for speeding up mass transit in Tulsa.

Police look for a person of interest in Monday's quadruple homicide.

It is Chili Bowl race time in Tulsa

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Tuesday's 1st Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

  • Five people are dead in two separate Tulsa crimes.
  • School security is tighter in the Union District, thanks to four-legged patrol.
  • A fire in Owasso guts four businesses.
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