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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
6:56 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

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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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Local & Regional
7:51 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Oklahoma Dispatches Emergency Team to New York

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she is sending a 10-person operations support team to New York to help that state recover from the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Fallin and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management officials announced Tuesday their plan to dispatch the team. It includes OEM personnel, along with officials from the Department of Public Safety and the city of Tulsa. They plan to help support New York's emergency operations center.

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

Topping our local news:

  • Oklahoma’s Open Carry law goes into effect at midnight.
  • Work on I-44! We get a progress report.
  • Superstorm Sandy takes an Oklahoma life.
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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Tue October 30, 2012

The Tuesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

  • Oklahoma utility and humanitarian groups rush aid to the mid-Atlantic.
  • A suspect admits his guilt in the Victory Christian Rape Case without a plea deal from the D-A.
  • The second district candidates for Congress spar in Claremore.
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Local & Regional
7:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Small Earthquake in Central Oklahoma

PADEN, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a small earthquake was recorded near Paden in central Oklahoma.

The U.S.G.S., said Sunday that the 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 11 p.m. Saturday about three miles southwest of Paden in Okfuskee County. The epicenter is about 55 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The Okfuskee County sheriff's office says there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Begin the New Week with the Top Local Stories from KWGS

Hear this morning's First Local Newscast from Public Radio Tulsa:

  • State pay hikes could be ahead for the lowest of the low.
  • Tulsa's BooHaHa Parade gets a scary dose of reality.
  • Election Day: T-Minus One week and one day.
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Local & Regional
8:15 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Garfield County Inmate Arraigned on Assault Charge

ENID, Okla. (AP) — An inmate at the Garfield County jail has been arraigned on assault charges after prosecutors accused him of attacking workers at the detention center.

Lorenzo Marquis Robinson was arraigned Thursday on five counts of assault and battery upon corrections personnel. The Enid News & Eagle reports that two of the charges were felonies and the remaining three were misdemeanors.

An affidavit alleges that Robinson kicked and pushed jail workers on Sept. 18.

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Local & Regional
7:59 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Friday Morning Local News

Topping Our Local News:

  • Half of the Tulsa Public Schools get a D or F on report cards.
  • Food Insecurity in Oklahoma gets the attention of the Governor
  • Gasoline prices fall to the lowest point this year.
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