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.




Local & Regional
7:52 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Oklahoma October Tax Collections Up Over 2011

Ken Miller
Credit State of Oklahoma-File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Treasurer Ken Miller says total revenue collections for Oklahoma in October are nine percent higher than October 2011 and show continued improvement in the state's economy.

Miller said Monday that the state collected $913.47 million in October — an increase of almost $75.5 million from October a year ago.

Miller says personal income taxes for the month were $288 million, up $48.4 million from last year. Sales tax collections rose by $12.95 million to $337.2 million and motor vehicle taxes rose nearly 12 percent to $58.3 million for the month.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Tuesday Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • It is Election Day.
  • Keith Ballard to stay on another year as Tulsa's Superintendent.
  • Despite highs today in the 60s, Tulsa preps for winter weather. 
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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Owasso Man Dies after Jumping from Moving SUV

Credit File Photo

VERA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Owasso man is dead after he jumped from a moving vehicle after getting into an argument with the driver.

Authorities say 30-year-old Lei Yang was teaching 31-year-old Shuang Xue how to drive when the incident happened Sunday afternoon on a county road in Washington County.

The highway patrol says the pair got into an argument and Yang apparently jumped from the moving sport utility vehicle.

Authorities say Yang struck his head on the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Monday Morning Local News

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • Latino voting and the impact on tomorrow's balloting in Tulsa.
  • Official: Problems at Oklahoma Veterans Centers are with the Centers' leaders.
  • Tulsa's new trash service will help you get rid of your fall leaves.
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9:50 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Saturday Early Voting is Very Heavy in Tulsa

The line snakes from the Election Board, South Denver and then East on West Edison
Catherine Roberts-KWGS News

Early voting is under way in Oklahoma.

Voters could begin casting in-person absentee ballots Friday morning at all 77 county election board offices across the state.

4,000  voters lined up Friday outside the Tulsa County Election Board office to cast a ballot.

On Saturday morning, voters were lined from the Election Board, down Denver Avenue and then back east on West Edison.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax  says voting runs   until 1 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday.

Local & Regional
7:47 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Dead in Northeast Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police are investigating after two people were found shot to death in a north Tulsa home.

Authorities say the man and woman were discovered shortly after midnight Friday at a home on East Newton Street. Investigators tell Tulsa television station KJRH  that a relative found the pair dead and called 911.

Authorities say they're still trying to piece together what happened. Authorities say the victims were both in their early 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tulsa police.

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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Friday Morning News

Topping the Local News:

  • Let the voting begin! In person voting at the Election Board begins today.
  • The Quik Trip Center gets a new name.
  • Tulsa Police investigate a double homicide.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu November 1, 2012

The Top Local Stories from KWGS

Hear, Here! The top local news stories from KWGS:

  • More court filings in the Victory Christian Center rape case.
  • Proponents of Vision 2 rally for passage.
  • Warnings about Superstorm Scams in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Tulsans Escape from McAlester Prison

Credit File photo

Two Tulsans, doing time, at the Jackie Brannon Correction Center are on the run. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 27-year-old Terry Buckley and 22-year-old Jeffery Walker escaped from the McAlester prison this morning.

Both men are serving sentences from Tulsa County for drug related convictions. They were last seen walking away from the Center. They were both wearing gray jackets at the time. Officials believe they are still in the McAlester area.

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