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
Thu April 9, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A Tulsa School Bus rolls on a busy expressway. Students and the driver are hurt.
  • An agreement is reached with Tulsa's next school superintendent.
  • The Tulsa Zoo has a record month.
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Local & Regional
6:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Wednesday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe weather will be possible across Oklahoma later in the day.
  • A fluid spill causes a massive crash on Highway 75 in north Tulsa.
  • State Representative Kevin Mathews wins a special election for a vacant state senate seat in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
7:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A contractor is tabbed to replace the Bird Creek bridges on 169.
  • FEMA tells Oklahoma "no" when it comes to federal tornado disaster aid.
  • The Tulsa School Board holds up a vote again on the sale of the old Whittier School property.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • City Department Heads are drafting next fiscal year's proposed budget.
  • Earthquakes rattle north central Oklahomans.
  • TU plays host to scholars.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Potential warning signs for abuse relations following this week's triple-murder suicide in east Tulsa.
  • Tornado damage is reported in Afton in Ottawa County.
  • Some last minute tips for Oklahoma tax filers.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Tulsa's Top Local Stories for Thursday Morning

In the local news:

  • Four people are found dead in a far east Tulsa home.
  • More problems for the EagleMed Air Ambulance service.
  • More oil-patch lay-offs because of declining prices.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Tulsa Transit is running short on bus drivers.
  • The Governor signs a bill that requires doctors to check a patient data base prior writing prescriptions for narcotics.
  • Courtroom action in a murder case involving a former Tulsa Police officer.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Tuesday from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Educators rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Work begins on Oklahoma's first Costco store.
  • A man and woman are murdered in a Bristow motel.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • Educators and their supporters head to a massive state rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Governor Fallin is pleased with the legislative session so far.
  • The Tulsa Metro is growing----but just not as fast.
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Local & Regional
9:39 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Father, Son Escape Injury when Boat Explodes on Lake Texoma

Lake Texhoma
Credit Lake-Texhoma.net

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and his young son escaped injury when the boat they were on exploded on Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma.

The OHP says 35-year-old Eric Henry and 2-year-oild Huck Henry — both from Caddo — were thrown from the vessel when it exploded in more than 40 feet of water on Friday afternoon.

The patrol says both were wearing flotation devices and were rescued from the water by another boater.

Investigators say the cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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