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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.

 

 

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Friday Morning News Update from KWGS

Top Local Stories:

  • Storms cause minor damage across Green Country.
  • An AWOL Air Force service man is killed in a high speed Bixby car crash.
  • Jenks Schools conduct a realistic intruder dril.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Tuesday Morning's Top Local Stories

In the local news:

  • A senate committee approves a plan to take road money to help pay for schools.
  • A tax cut moves to the full state senate.
  • Hispanic businesses are booming in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe Weather will be possible across portions of Oklahoma today and tomorrow.
  • Tulsa County Public Safety Tax Questions are approved by voters.
  • Common Core is repealed in the Oklahoma Senate. Measure goes to Governor Fallin.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Coverage of the Education Rally at the Oklahoma Capitol.
  • Tulsa County voters decide the fate of a jail and juvenile justice center proposal.
  • Oklahoma's unemployment rate drops to a pre-recession level.
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Local & Regional
7:40 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Legislative Week in Review: Preparing for Teachers' Rally

Credit State of Oklahoma

State Representatives Eric Proctor and David Brumbaugh discuss the past week and the state capitol and today's teacher rally. Proctor is a Democrat.  Brumbaugh is a Republican.

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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • 30,ooo people are expected to take part in a state capitol education rally today. KWGS News will be there.
  • Mayor Bartlett wants to use are recent GRDA purchase to bring jobs to Tulsa.
  • Police investigate the discovery of a body in the Arkansas River in Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • 'Water in the River' could pose a problem for Tulsa's Storm Water Management.
  • Common Core takes a beating at an Owasso meeting.
  • The drought worsens across southwest Oklahoma
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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Reaction to a judge's ruling striking down a portion of Oklahoma's Death Penalty Law.
  • A Judge visits 'Studio Tulsa' to stump for a new Tulsa Juvenile Justice Center.
  • Tulsa gets a 'River Development' Director.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • The latest on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit.
  • One person is dead in a Tulsa Police Shooting.
  • A car, headed the wrong way on the Broken Arrow Expressway, crashes head-on with an oncoming vehicle. One dead.
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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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