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
6:50 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • No one is hurt when a charter bus catches fire on the Creek Turnpike east of Tulsa.
  • Funding for the arts is under review at Tulsa City Hall.
  • Tulsa plays host to a SWAT competition.
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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The latest on the Guthrie wildfire.
  • Arts and school patrons are lobbying the city council for school guards and the arts funding  in the new proposed city budget.
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Connie Johnson is critical of the Governor's review of last week's execution.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the Local News:

  • The Sooner Sub Rail Line will be sold to a passenger friendly firm.
  • Wildfires continue to burn across Oklahoma
  • An Earthquake advisory is issued for Central Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In our local news:

  • The Oklahoma Transportation Commission takes up the fate of the Sooner Sub Rail Line today.
  • A Tulsa Amber Alert is solved. The child is okay. The suspect is in custody.
  • Flash Mobs Protest for the Arts in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett presents a lean $673-million budget for the city.
  • Clayton Lockett's bungled execution time line is released.
  • The rec center at Franklin Park is demolished.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Wednesday Morning's Top Local Stories

  • An investigation is underway into a botched execution last night at the state prison.
  • The clean-up continues at Quapaw from Sunday's tornado.
  • The Governor lashes out at the state house.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Top Local Stories for Tuesday Morning

In the Local News:

  • Tulsa will get Oklahoma's first Costco.
  • The recovery efforts are underway at Quapaw.
  • Oklahoma prepares for a double execution, the first since before World War II
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • One dead, six injured in a tornado at Quapaw, Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak says this is a good time to review your storm insurance coverage.
  • Mayor Bartlett puts the final touches on next year's city budget.
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Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A so-called 'Sun Tax' is debated for Oklahoma.
  • A Tea-Party Dream Team rallies in Tulsa for T.W. Shannon's U.S. Senate campaign.
  • A Tulsa Teach is arrested and accused of molesting a student.
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Local & Regional
7:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • State Senators vote to divert money from roads to education.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court over turns a lower court judge's ruling over the state's execution law.
  • Tulsa area school face challenges teaching non-English speaking students and not all are Hispanic.
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