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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
7:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa City Council hears from citizens upset over proposed cuts to Tulsa Transit.
  • A new state budget agreement is sent to the Governor.
  • Efforts to put water in the river move forward in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Lawmakers Overrides Governor's reading veto.
  • Rogers County D.A. cleared.
  • Why are Tulsa budget projections so far off?
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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa Police Stand-Off ends with the suspect dead.
  • Governor Fallin vetoes a revamp of the state's 3rd Grade Reading Law.
  • Moore Remembers: One year after a deadly tornado.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

Our Top Local Story:

  • Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Moore tornado.
  • There is a high wildfire danger today for Northeast Oklahoma.
  • Regulations regarding placement of Tulsa Food Trucks.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Citizens lobby the Tulsa City Council to save Tulsa Transit and Arts programs from budget cuts.
  • An American Airline jet from Dallas to Tulsa declares an in flight emergency.
  • Tulsa's Mayfest is underway. We take you to one booth featuring art from nails.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Sales Tax numbers are up.
  • An American Airlines Jet makes an emergency landing in Tulsa.
  • A Tulsa pastor is behind bars.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • TCC picks a new president.
  • Death Penalty opposition plans a capitol rally in Oklahoma.
  • The Special Olympics gets underway with a torch run.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Changes are made to the state's 3rd grade reading law.
  • A train derails in west Tulsa, closing an expressway exit ramp.
  • Tulsa's City-County Jail contract expires in a little over a month.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the morning news:

  • Energy Industry Tax Credits will not be reviewed at the state capitol.
  • The search continues at Lake Hudson for a missing Sand Springs woman.
  • Heavy rain could be coming our way today
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

This morning's Top Local Stories:

  • 180-day execution stay granted for Charles Warner.
  • The Tulsa City Council looks for ways to save Arts in the Parks programs.
  • A man is dead after riding a bicycle into Tulsa rush-hour traffic.
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