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
6:51 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • The latest on the changing weather.
  • The state's budget chief is worried about agency "swag".
  • A woman is arrested after leading the OHP on a high speed chase.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa learns from Owasso on passing a Public Safety Tax.
  • Oklahoma Tax Credits would be reviewed under a bill passed out of a senate committee.
  • Investigation continues into the cause of the downtown Barnsdall fire.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma's budget shortfall is $611.3 million dollars.
  • A house sub-committee approves teacher raises.
  • PSO begins installing smart meters in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • An update on road conditions/school closings.
  • Officials look for a Common Core replacement.
  • Exact numbers will be learned today in the state's budget shortfall.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the Local News:

  • New warnings about Tulsa Arkansas River Levee system.
  • The Oklahoma Budget hole is getting deeper.
  • This flu season sets a record for deaths in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma Middle Schoolers in advanced math get a double-testing waiver from the feds.
  • A texting and driving measure clears an Oklahoma house committee.
  • The Governor is being lobbied to change her position on accepting federal funds for the Affordable Care Act. A spokesman says she will not budge.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa officials hold school bond meetings as measure pass at the ballot box in Jenks, Broken Arrow and Union.
  • A sexual predator measure clears a state senate committee.
  • American Airlines announce a review of its maintenance operations.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Governor orders a hiring freeze for the state.
  • An American-Eagle jet makes an emergency landing in Tulsa.
  • TCC gets a STEM grant from PSO
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oil prices are up nationally and so are gasoline prices locally.
  • Dozens of horses are found dead near Haskell.
  • Voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide school bond questions.
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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The City and the County explore consolidating park operations.
  • The number of flu deaths is up in Oklahoma again.
  • Two are killed in a Mayes County car crash.
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