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
6:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the LOCAL news:

  • Gasoline prices increase in Tulsa for the first time in months.
  • A Creek County woman accused of triple-murder has a court date today.
  • The quest for a new Tulsa School Superintendent is narrowed to two.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Monday Morning's News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • Tulsa prepares for the nation's second largest MLK Day Parade.
  • A fire at Pratville sends to people to the hospital.
  • Dropping oil prices has state officials watching state bank accounts.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Friday Morning News from KWGS

In local news:

  • Oklahoma carries out an execution.
  • A house fire takes a life in North Bixby.
  • The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahoma
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Thursday's Top Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Oklahoma prepares to carry out an execution. It would be the first since last spring's troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.
  • The Creek Nation announces a $22-million  expansion for the Jenks Riverwalk.
  • Tulsa's Chamber installs a new chairman.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Oil prices continue to tumble.
  • A Tulsa clerk kills a would-be robber.
  • New air service is announced for Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday

In the local news:

  • The state executive branch begins new terms.
  • A court refuses to stop this week's Oklahoma execution.
  • A water line break heavily damages a Tulsa gas station.
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Local & Regional
6:30 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

  •   Governor Fallin begins her second term today.
  • A developmentally challenged Tulsa teenager is missing, again.
  • The flu closes school in Minco today.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The flu claims 13 lives in one week in Oklahoma.
  • Still no school at Oologah-Talala as officials await test results as to what killed a six year-old.
  • Tulsa preps for Garth's homecoming.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Bitter cold closes some regional schools and causes problems for firefighters.
  • Governor Fallin wants to address Corrections Department issues.
  • A Tulsa energy company is relocating.
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Local & Regional
8:53 am
Wed January 7, 2015

A Tulsa Effort to Curb Domestic Violence

KWGS' John Durkee discusses the issue with Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Tracy Lyall of DVIS and Suzanne Stewart of the Tulsa Family Safe Center
Credit TCC

First the stats in 2014:

  • 20 women were killed in Tulsa.
  • 12 deaths were attributed to domestic violence.
  • Over 22,000 domestic violence calls were placed to Tulsa's dispatch center last year.
  • 14% of the victims at Tulsa's Family Safe Center are males.

In this report, we take a look at the local problem and learn what is being done to address the issue.

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