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
6:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • A Wind Chill Advisory is posted for the Tulsa area.
  • Some Tulsa Parks could be sold.
  • On State Capitol Watch: State Lawmakers meet for the first time in 2015.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oil price drop below $50 a barrel.
  • Oklahoma's AG comes under fire from his own party over state's rights.
  • Tulsa Teachers want input into superintendent selection.
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Local & Regional
6:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett wants a vote this year on two funding proposals.
  • An earthquake shakes Guthrie, again.
  • The American Airlines Pilot Union sets a vote.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Christmas Eve

In the local news:

  • Holiday travelers are finding no delays at Tulsa International this morning.
  • Death Row inmates will appeal a ruling that says Oklahoma Death Chamber protocol is constitutional.
  • 3 Tulsa County residents are arrested in western Oklahoma with 85 pounds of marijuana.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • A slight chance of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. Less than an inch expected.
  • Who runs the Tulsa Jail? Is it the Sheriff or the Jail Authority?
  • A judge rules Oklahoma's execution protocol is constitutional.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Monday

In the local news:

  • An earthquake study is getting underway in Oklahoma.
  • Two men are in jail after shots were fired at Tulsa Police.
  • The search for a new Tulsa Superintendent narrows to four.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Governor says the state can handle a predicted revenue shortfall.
  • A surplus Tulsa fire station is sold to OSU.
  • A former Tulsa Police officer will stand trial.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • State Revenue will be short by $300 Million, but a tax cut will still take place.
  • A jail fee agreement is signed by county leaders.
  • 2 surplus Tulsa fire stations will be auctioned today.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • TCC and OSU work to make transfers seamless.
  • The rebuilt travel plaza at Vinita will reopen next week.
  • A plea is issued for blood donors.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Top Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board votes to put a bond issue on the March ballot.
  • Meet TU's new head football coach.
  • Dropping energy prices could hurt state revenue.
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