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
6:48 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the KWGS Local News:

  • A state senate committee votes to repeal Common Core.
  • Hillary Clinton visits Tulsa's Educare program.
  • Cherokees remember the Trail of Tears arrival in Indian Territory.
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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Mon March 24, 2014

State Capitol Week in Review: Halfway Point in Legislative Session

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa State lawmakers Democrat Eric Proctor and Republican David Brumbaugh discuss the last week at the state capitol. They discuss the half-way point of the legislative session, the tax cut proposals and Oklahoma's higher than normal sales tax rates.

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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett is considering an Public Safety Tax for Tulsa.
  • 'Too Small To Fail' will be announced today in Tulsa by Hillary Clinton.
  • Common Core will be debated today in a state senate committee,
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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Fri March 21, 2014

New Treatment Urged for PTSD

Matt Smothermon explains how the treatment helped him
Credit KWGS News/State of Oklahoma

It has been used to treat Autism in the past. It may soon be used to treat Oklahoma service men and women suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

State lawmakers are looking at approving a high-pressure oxygen treatment known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Secretary Rita Aragon says there are still some hurdles to clear, but the treatment looks promising.                              

A member of the 45th Infantry, Matt Smothermon, suffered PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. He says the treatment helped him get his life back.  

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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In local news:

  • Support for an Oklahoma Income Tax cut seems to be dropping according to a new poll.
  • A woman is dead from injuries in an afternoon Tulsa house fire.
  1. A new transit service is coming to Skiatook for Cherokee citizens.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma has one of the highest combined state and local sales tax rates.
  • Oklahoma farmers call for immigration reform.
  • Earthquakes again shake north central Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

In the local news:

  • Death sentences are delayed because of a lack of drugs to make the execution cocktail.
  • American Airlines will relocate accounting jobs from Tulsa.
  • Senator Inhofe speaks out on Ukraine.
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Local & Regional
6:36 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • The DOC lacks the drugs needed to carry out this week's execution.
  • A Tulsa Police officer is arrested on drug and weapons charges.
  • Briefs are filed in Oklahoma's same sex marriage court challenge.
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Local & Regional
8:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Legislative Week in Review

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa lawmakers, David Brumbaugh (R) and Eric Proctor (D) discuss the last week's action before the Oklahoma House. Among the topics discussed include the House vote to repeal Common Core and a measure calling for a vote on school bonding exemptions, to build school safe rooms.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • Quick action by Tulsa Firefighters keeps an apartment fire from spreading near 32nd and Sheridan.
  • 25,000 people are expected to party in downtown Tulsa for St-Patrick's Day.
  • TU will face UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.
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