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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
6:45 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       The City of Tulsa gets a new budget.

·       A Claremore teen is sentenced to 20-years in prison for a double fatality D-U-I crash.

·       TU and OU get a 30-million dollar gift for the school of community medicine.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Thursday's First News from KWGS!

Topping Our Local News:

·       A huge grant will be officially announced later this morning for the Tulsa School of Community Medicine. It is a joint venture of TU and OU.

·       City leaders vote tonight on Tulsa’s new 700-million dollar-plus budget.

·       Renovation work is ahead for Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa.

Local & Regional
6:53 am
Wed June 20, 2012

This Morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

·       The Broken Arrow Expressway is down to one lane each direction this morning. Expect huge delays.

·       A large crowd turns out for a Tulsa job fair.

·       Tulsa’s trash transition will mean more work for the Metropolitan Environmental Trust

Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Tulsa's First News on KWGS for Tuesday Morning:

Topping Our Local News----

·       Tulsa’s Trash Service will begin its transition phase next month. Recycling will be delayed and service will be once a week until October.

·       The Tulsa Public Schools gets a one-point-two million dollar donation to save jobs.

·       A rebate is being offered to make the switch to CNG.

Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Monday Morning Local News

Topping Our Local News this morning:

·       A fresh alternative may be coming to your neighborhood school cafeteria.

·       An overnight home invasion has Tulsa Police scouring the area not far from TU.

·       They are getting down to the nitty-gritty on the new Tulsa City Budget…. A vote is expected this week.

Local & Regional
8:08 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Water and Sewer Rates to Increase in Tulsa

Tulsa's water supply lake near Mohawk Park
KWGS News File photo

You will be paying more for water and sewer service in Tulsa. The Tulsa City Council voted last night to increase rates for City Utility Service.

Under the plan approved last night, water rates will increase 7%. Sewer rates will go up by 9%. The new rates will go into effect on October 1st.

The increase was requested in Mayor Bartlett’s budget proposal, submitted to the council in late April.

There was no council discussion last night on the rate hike and no members of the public signed-up to speak for-or-against the hike at last night’s meeting.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       Water and sewer rates in Tulsa will go up this fall.

·       The gates swing open at the Admiral Twin tonight.

·       Passenger rail for Tulsa gets a boost.

Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Get Up-to-Date with Our First Newscast of the Day

Topping our local news---

·       More controversy at the Department of Human Services.

·       A suspected Tulsa Police impersonator is in custody in Oklahoma City.

·       The NBA Championship continues tonight in OKC.


Local & Regional
7:35 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Wednesday Morning News

Topping the Local News this morning:

  • More changes are ahead at the DHS.
  • Tulsa TV icon Don Woods loses his battle with cancer at 84.
  • A warning about buying  second-hand Thunder tickets.
Local & Regional
6:54 am
Tue June 12, 2012

This Morning's Top Local News from KWGS


Topping Our Local News this morning:

·       Property… with past due taxes hits the auction block.

·       Jail officials are not happy with a proposed increase in downtown service fees.

·       Big headaches in Tulsa traffic on the Broken Arrow expressway.