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
6:46 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Despite an injection well being closed, earthquakes continue to shake Alfalfa County.
  • The former head of bankrupt Arrow Trucking is headed to prison.
  • Tulsa's new school superintendent tours schools and meets with parents.
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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • There is interest in Tulsa parks expected to be surplus.
  • Webbers Falls calls off school because of the flu.
  • The 'Hoodie Bill' is DOA.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Dr. Deborah Gist is named Tulsa's next School Superintendent.
  • Governor Fallin's State of the State, plus reaction.
  • Two of the children injured in a Tulsa house fire are flown to Galveston, Texas for treatment.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin give a preview of her 'State of the State'.
  • A State Trooper is killed in a weekend crash.
  • School officials are expected to name Tulsa's next superintendent tonight.
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Local & Regional
7:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS for Friday

Tulsa's Top Local News:

  • Tulsa-Based Helmerich and Payne will lay-off 2,000 workers because of oil price downturn.
  • Sally Kern pulls her bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays.
  • The flu takes another Tulsa County life.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Thursday Morning's Top Local News

In the local news:

  • The Governor side steps a question regarding gay discrimination.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court moves to stop Oklahoma executions.
  • Wildfires cause problems across Green Country
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • An organization forms to fight, what it calls, "hate legislation".
  • Yet another Tulsa water line break.
  • Tulsa Police make arrests in a murder case.
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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In Tulsa's Morning News:

  • Volunteers will conduct a Tulsa homeless census this week.
  • School Board Officials delay the selection of a new school superintendent.
  • A state lawmaker want to reach independent voters.
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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In Local News:

  • The flu continues to take a toll on Oklahoma.
  • The state has one of the worst immunization rates in the nation.
  • A bill to do away with marriage licenses in proposed in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
10:38 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Dramatic Jump In Tulsa County Flu Deaths

The number of Tulsa County influenza deaths more than doubled last week. The State Health Department confirms there were 16 flu deaths in the past week and almost half of those were in Tulsa County.

The Tulsa City County Health Department's Leanne Stephens says Tulsa County recorded seven deaths in the past week.  That brings Tulsa County's death toll to 11. 

So far this season, 47 people have died from the flu in Oklahoma. 23% of those deaths have been in Tulsa County.

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