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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
6:49 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       An effort is underway to better coordinate security efforts downtown.

·       Property with delinquent taxes go on the auction block this morning….

·       The new Miss Oklahoma’s platform will be  volunteerism.


Local & Regional
10:06 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Man hurt in Cow-Cycle Crash

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A Pawhuska man is in a Tulsa hospital after his Harley-Davidson slammed into a cow. It happened about 5:30 this morning on Highway 60 in Kay County, west of Tonkawa.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Kenneth Tucker was taken to a Ponca City Hospital, but then transferred to St-John's Hospital in Tulsa, where he is listed as being in critical condition.

The patrol says he was riding his motorcycle this morning when he encountered several head of cattle in the roadway. He hit a 700 pound heifer and was ejected from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet.

Local & Regional
7:01 am
Fri June 8, 2012

FBI Asks for Help in solving Tulsa Metro Bank Robberies

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TULSA, OK(AP) — The FBI is seeking information about six unsolved bank robberies in the Tulsa area.

Officials say the heists happened between May 2011 and March.

The most violent robbery occurred Sept. 16 at the Tulsa Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union. Three males pointed firearms at the customers and employees.

One of the robbers shot through the glass where a teller was standing and jumped over the counter. They took cash before fleeing in a Jeep Cherokee.

All were described as black males in their 20s.

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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Thursday's First News from KWGS!

Topping Our Local News this morning:

  • Tulsa’s iconic Admiral Twin Drive-In is set to reopen a week from tomorrow.
  • Tulsa educators vow to fight back against state funding levels….
  • A cold murder case gets new attention for the Sheriff’s Office
Local & Regional
6:47 am
Wed June 6, 2012

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

Topping Our Local News:

  • Your electric bill will be going down in Tulsa… because of natural gas prices.
  •  Tulsa’s Bus Plant at the International Airport celebrates a milestone.
  • Donations keep teachers jobs in the Tulsa Public Schools
Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Our First News for Tuesday Morning

Topping Our Local News:

·       There is more debate on how to finance airport renovation in Tulsa.

·       The clean-up continues from Monday morning’s severe storms.

·       The Governor signs the transportation improvement bill for the state.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • Thunderstorms cause wide spread damage across the Tulsa Metro.
  • Thousands are without power.
  • Flash Flood Warnings are issued for Tulsa.
Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Friday Morning's local news from KWGS

Topping Our Local News This Morning:

  • The Tulsa Reconciliation  Symposium hears from the grandson of Gandhi.
  • Several people are arrested after an all night stand-off.
  • A state ethics ruling may have far reaching consequences.
Local & Regional
7:02 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In this morning's local news update:

  • The metro unemployment rate falls below 5%.
  • New plans are made public about a failed Broken Arrow Casino.
  • A man is shot while attempting to buy a computer off Craig's List.
Local & Regional
6:49 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Wednesday Morning News

Topping our local news this morning:

·       The mayor of Broken Arrow resigns as Mayor----but stays on the city council.

·       Softball size hail pounds the central part of the state…. leaving shattered skylights and windshields.

·       The wrecking ball could be coming to a Tulsa rec center near you.