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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
7:04 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News

Hear a wrap-up of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS News.  In this morning's recap:

  • An Oklahoma Watch report on Oklahoma's State of Addiction
  • State Senators look at tax options
  • The City of Tulsa looks for ways to turn abandon sites into economic development


Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Muskogee fire chief suspended over hiring decision

Muskogee Fire Chief Derek Tatum
City of Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The fire chief of Muskogee says he's accepted his three-week suspension after an internal investigation found that he rejected a job applicant four years ago because the candidate was a member of the National Guard. Derek Tatum says he was "green and unaware" when he made the decision shortly after he was appointed chief in 2007. He says the applicant wasn't hired even though the candidate met all qualifications for the job. He says the person has since been hired by the department.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Fri March 9, 2012

New proposal for West Bank Development expected soon

Aerial view of the Arkansas River flowing into downtown bend
KWGS File Photo

It is back to the drawing board on West Bank River Development. Mayor Bartlett says with the city rejecting all of the bids for the development of the area just north of 23rd and Jackson, a new proposal is expected soon.

The mayor says the project must be big in scope and well financed. He says the initial proposals were lacking and were turned down.

He says whenever the city does develop the west bank the project “must be a winner”. The mayor tells KWGS, the project can not fail.

Local & Regional
10:51 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tulsa's Pet Overpopulation

In this three-part KWGS Investigation, we look at the cash drain stray animals have on the city of Tulsa. Over 7,500 animals had to be euthanized at the Tulsa Animal Shelter last year. Each animal euthanasia cost the city nearly $20. We examine why the rate is so high, why Tulsans are not following the law with their pets and what can be done to transform Tulsa to a "No Kill" city.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tulsa car-jacking leaves woman dead

Tulsa Police are investigating a fatal car-jacking. It happened about 5:30 this morning in the 300 block of 43rd West Avenue. That is going to be just south of Charles Page Boulevard on 43rd West Avenue.

Police say the woman was yanked out of her vehicle in front of her home. She was then struck by the car as the car-jacker sped away.

The vehicle was recovered about two miles away at the Sand Park Apartments. Officers are still looking for the suspect.

Local & Regional
7:03 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Friday morning's Top Local News from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's local news from 89.5/KWGS.

In this morning's update:

  • The city council wants billing changes at EMSA
  • 400 Oklahoma Guard Members return from Afghanistan
  • The family of a convicted Tulsa killer ask for a delay in next week's execution




Local & Regional
6:55 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Family wants next week's execution delayed

Timoth Stemple
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Family members of Oklahoma death row inmate Timothy Stemple are appealing to Governor Fallin to delay his March 15th execution date.

Stemple's sister and other relatives who held a news conference in Tulsa yesterday want a forensic animation specialist to present evidence conflicting with the state's account used to convict the now 46-year-old.

Stemple's then 30-year-old wife Trisha was run over and beaten to death in 1996.

Local & Regional
11:31 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Boy dead after hit by a train in Tulsa

The tracks near where the accident happen
KWGS News File Photo

Playing on a railroad track, near a school bus stop that was not his own, proves fatal in Tulsa . A 12-year-old boy, Richard Brown, was struck and killed by a freight train about eight o’clock this morning. He was pulled by the train down the tracks before the train could stop.

It happened near the 2200 block of North Lewis. Brown was rushed to the hospital where he died about two hours later.

Tulsa Public School officials confirm the boy was a student at the McLain Junior High School. Special grief counselors will be brought to the school.

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Local & Regional
10:53 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The story behind the shooting pictures

John Fancher/Tulsa Library

Perhaps you have seen the startling photographs of Andrew Dennehy in a shoot-out with Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday afternoon, in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse. Those pictures were taken by a quick thinking library employee. The ordeal unfolded about 2:40 in the afternoon. Working across the Oxley Plaza on the third floor of the Central Library was media relations staff member John Fancher. Fancher tells KWGS, he heard a pop and looked out his window to see Dennehy shooting into the air. That is when he grabbed his camera and started snapping photographs.

Local & Regional
7:56 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Update on Tulsa Court House Shooting

Emergency responders rush to the Court House/Library Plaza
KWGS News Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man accused of being involved in a gunfire exchange outside a Tulsa courthouse that also wounded a bystander and a sheriff's deputy.

Tulsa police say 23-year-old Andrew Joseph Dennehy was being treated for his injuries Wednesday evening and his condition wasn't immediately available. People scattered from the busy plaza as shots rang out Wednesday in the middle of the work day. The scene was still being processed for evidence by Tulsa police as night fell.