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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.




Local & Regional
6:54 am
Fri September 28, 2012

The Friday Morning News

Topping our local news:

·       The Tulsa City Council approves its list of vision 2 projects.

·       A new indictment is unsealed in the case involving a former Broken Arrow School Superintendent.

·       Oklahoma gives a final salute to a fallen green country solider.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the Local News this morning:

  • Stillwater is stunned by a student's suicide at the junior high school.
  • Governor Fallin is grilled in Tulsa over education funding.
  • South Lewis will close Monday at I-44. It will be closed for 20-months as the bridge is replaced.
Local & Regional
6:52 am
Wed September 26, 2012

The Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning from Public Radio Tulsa:

  • A deal is reached to fund two low water dams in Tulsa. You will have the final approval.
  • The Department of Human Services Board works on funding for next year with improvements in foster care in the forefront.
  • It is back to work for two-of-the-eight firefighters hurt in a three alarm school fire.
Local & Regional
6:40 am
Tue September 25, 2012

The Tuesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

·       New allegations and charges in the Victory Christian Center investigation.

·       Edwin Daniels is ordered to trial for the murder of a Tulsa teen.

·       The burn ban for Tulsa County is lifted.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Mon September 24, 2012

The Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • A Red Flag Fire Warning will be in effect for Tulsa County this afternoon and evening.
  • T-Minus: One Week and counting before Tulsa's new trash service begins.
  • The number of West Nile Virus cases in Oklahoma continues to climb.
Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri September 21, 2012

The Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news at KWGS:

  • Tulsa Councilors want more money in Vision-2 for low water dams.
  • Steadman Upham returns to the TU Presidency.
  • Grab a hanky! Allergy Season is here.
Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Top Local Stories from KWGS

Topping the Wednesday morning Local News:

  • Charges are filed in the Creek County wildfire.
  • Vision-2 is debated for five hours at city hall.
  • A CNG Summit is held in Tulsa
Local & Regional
7:42 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Tulsa Church Celebrates History and Future

The first TU classes were held in a shed after the church moved the Kendall College to Tulsa
1st Presbyterian Church

Tulsa’s first Presbyterian Church downtown, has just wrapped up a multimillion dollar expansion project. First Church, as its members called it, is the oldest church in Tulsa tracing its roots back to J.M. Hall’s General Store when the first sermon was preached back in 1883. Pastor James Miller says the renovations will mean the Church will serve Tulsa for at least another 100 years.

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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the Local News this morning:

  • American Airlines lay-offs will have a ripple effect on our local economy.
  • A national Mental Health Conference gets underway today in Tulsa.
  • Broken Arrow gets a new city manager while Owasso keeps an old one.
Local & Regional
6:53 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Tuesday Morning LOCAL News

Topping the KWGS local news this morning:

  • More issues with the Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • American Airlines is handing out Tulsa lay-off notices.
  • Skipping school is taking a toll on Tulsa test scores.