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
6:53 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

  • Another flu death in Tulsa County.
  • The DA charges an eighth-grader with first-degree murder.
  • Tulsa's new congressman votes against John Boehner as US House Speaker.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Despite avoiding the fiscal cliff, your pay check may still shrink.
  • Tulsa area native Patti Page dies at 85.
  • The Union ROTC could be headed to Washington.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Wednesday Morning's First Local Newscast

Top Local News:

  • Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn reacts to fiscal cliff bill.
  • Security is tight as classes resume at Bartlesville.
  • Cattle Rustling goes high-tech in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Mon December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Local News

Topping Our Local News:

  • A chilly rain is falling across Oklahoma with temps just above freezing.
  • Mingo Road is open after being closed for a couple of hours last night because of a bomb squad call-out.
  • A downtown link is about to reopen.
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Local & Regional
5:48 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Mingo Reopened after Bomb Squad Called Out

Mingo Road  has reopened after being closed closed for about two hours. The roadway was closed by the Tulsa Police Bomb Squad. The action was taken after motorists reported seeing what appeared to be grenades. It turns out to have been smoke devices used in fireworks displays.

Local & Regional
9:06 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Fire Damages Brookside Home

Tulsa Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a late night fire in Brookside. A vacant home near 41st and South Peoria sustained extensive damage.

Fire officials are calling the fire suspicious because the home was vacant. The second story of the home sustained the most damage. The first floor has water and smoke damage.

No one was injured.

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Local & Regional
8:59 am
Sun December 30, 2012

One Dead in Tulsa Head-On

A head-on crash late  Saturday night leaves one person dead and two more hospitalized.

Tulsa Police say the wreck happened on a two lane stretch of South Peoria, south of Brookside. Police say a car was attempting to pass another vehicle about 64th Street, when it crossed the center line and plowed head-on into an oncoming SUV.

Tulsa Police say a passenger in the car was dead at the scene. The driver of the car and the SUV were both hospitalized with injuries. The wreck happened about 11:30 Saturday night.

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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

  • Oklahoma has had its first flu death this season. It happened in Tulsa County.
  • The deadline is approaching to pay your Tulsa County property tax.
  • Freezing drizzle is making the morning commute a little slippery.
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Local News for Christmas Eve

Topping our local news:

  • Tulsa braces for a Winter Storm.
  • The holiday means more juggled Tulsa trash schedules.
  • A Tulsa Fire leaves two families homeless.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the LOCAL news this morning from KWGS:

An economic expert in Tulsa warns of the fiscal cliff.

Tulsa gasoline prices appear to be in a free fall.

The Gilcrease Expressway is a little bit longer this morning.

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