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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
7:04 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Major Fire Destroys Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences Facility

The explosions rocked the neighborhood.
Melissa Clark

Eight Tulsa fire-fighters are injured while battling a three alarm fire at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. The fire was reported just before 5AM this morning at the school, which is located at 17th and South Lewis. Tulsa Fire Captain Stan May was on the scene.

Stan May: “We had heavy smoke and flames showing. Fire fighters made an aggressive interior attack. That is when we had a couple of sizable explosions; they believe it is an old chemistry lab.”

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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Tuesday News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

We check in with the Oklahoma Delegation at the Democratic National Convention.

More changes are coming to the I-244 resurfacing project.

Fresh concerns about West Nile.

Local & Regional
12:37 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Tulsa Man Looking for Crawdads Finds Much More

KWGS News File photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man looking for crawfish found a body along a riverbank in eastern Oklahoma.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the man found the body on the east bank of the Arkansas River shortly after midnight.

Authorities in Tulsa say the body of an unidentified man was in an advanced state of decomposition, and police believe the death was from natural causes.

Police say an investigation is under way.


Local & Regional
6:43 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Friday Morning Local News

Topping Our Local News:

·       A former Broken Arrow School Superintendent is indicted by the multi-county grand jury.

·       As a guilty verdict is read, former Tulsa School Administrator Robert Yerton collapses and is rushed to the hospital.

·       The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce releases its list of priorities for the legislature.

Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Thursday Morning's First LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Rosa Parks Elementary School gets a new early childhood education program.

·       The G-O-P convention at Tampa enters the home stretch. We check in with a Tulsa delegate.

·       Charges may be pending in the Creek County Wild Fire.

Local & Regional
8:53 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Tulsa Gasoline Prices Could Go Higher

File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The price of gasoline is rising across Oklahoma and AAA Oklahoma says the cost is expected to continue its upward trend.

The agency says the average for a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular in the state is $3.66 per gallon — up about 7-and-a-half cents per gallon from last week and up almost 27 cents from a month ago.

AAA says the cost is expected to rise another 10 to 15 cents per gallon because of the shutdown of oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico as what is now Hurricane Isaac approached the region.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Wednesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       It will be Mullin-vs-Wallace in November for second district congress.

·       Governor Fallin delivers an address to the Republican National Convention.

·       A humanist is set to deliver tomorrow night’s prayer before the city council.

Local & Regional
6:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac Could Brush Eastern Oklahoma

National Weather Service Office in Tulsa is on 11th Street near Highway 169
KWGS News File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Weather forecasters say the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring much-needed rain to drought-stricken eastern Oklahoma.

The National Hurricane Center on Monday showed the storm is expected to bring rain to the eastern one-third of the state starting Friday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski in Tulsa said the storm could bring eight to 10 inches of rain to that part of the state. Jankowski said the storm could also just as easily change its track and miss the state entirely.

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Tuesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News

·       The Tulsa Zoo lobbies for inclusion in the Vision Process.

·       Governor Fallin is set to deliver a prime time address at the Republican National Convention tonight.

·       Tropical Storm Isaac slams Tulsa gas pumps. Prices take another huge jump.

Local & Regional
7:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Dollar Thrifty Board of Directors approves a sale to Hertz.

·       Tulsa Police arrest what they call a rogue cop.

·       Hunger in Oklahoma. A new report indicates more are food insecure.