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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
6:48 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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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Top Local News for Thursday Morning

Topping our local news this morning:

  • Horse racing is back at Tulsa's fairgrounds.
  • A Tulsa man is found guilty in a murder for hire plot.
  • Health officials and lawmakers are considering more local input into smoking rules.
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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Wednesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • The Creek Nation will NOT take over the stalled Broken Arrow casino project.
  • Health care rankings for Oklahoma improve, but only slightly.
  • The flu hits Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

  • The Fair Meadows Horse Race debate is not over.
  • County workers get pay raises.
  • Over crowding at the state prisons, means over crowding at the county jail.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Public Safety Tax? Task Force Releases Its Tulsa Priorities

Credit KWGS News File Photo

A public safety tax may be proposed to help Tulsa address its issues. The city’s public safety task force is out with its report.

The committee-chair Carol Bush says the number one problem is issues at the 911 Center in Tulsa. Often people are left on hold or treated rudely by 911 operators. Part of the problem is the non emergency call volume that has been flooding the 911

switchboards. Nearly half of the calls coming into the center are not considered emergencies.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Monday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • A public safety tax may be proposed for Tulsa.
  • The Department of Corrections needs an extra $6.4-million.
  • Water issues may be hot topic in upcoming legislative session
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Horse racing ends at Tulsa's Fair Meadows.
  • More cases of flu turn-up in Oklahoma.
  • An Oklahoman on the Oklahoma remembers Pearl Harbor.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Top Local News for Thursday Morning

Topping the local news:

  • City officials ponder the fiscal cliff.
  • A public meeting is set for this morning on naming rights at the Fairgrounds.
  • TCC expands into Glenpool
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