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
7:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • State Senators vote to divert money from roads to education.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court over turns a lower court judge's ruling over the state's execution law.
  • Tulsa area school face challenges teaching non-English speaking students and not all are Hispanic.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Governor lashes out at the State Supreme Court over an execution stay.
  • Testing resumes in Oklahoma Schools with fewer problems.
  • Airport Speed Dating? No for you, but for airports and airlines!
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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The state's highest court stays scheduled Oklahoma executions.
  • More testing problems for Oklahoma schools.
  • Despite the yesterday's rain, the drought lingers across Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Monday's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Mayor Bartlett puts the finishing touches on his proposed city budget for next year.
  • As court papers fly, Oklahoma prepares to carry out an execution.
  • A bandit takes at taxi to rob two Tulsa stores.
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Local & Regional
6:49 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Fares could be increasing for Tulsa Transit riders.
  • Ground is broken for the new Macy's Distribution Center near Owasso.
  • An update on the I-44 widening project.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • A proposed Tulsa Brewery faces an old zoning problem.
  • The City office filing period ends.
  • A Gubernatorial candidate backs the Eastern Flyer.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tuesday Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Helicopters are brought in to push warmer air into a Porter peach orchard.
  • A Tulsa service station clerk is in serious condition after being shot last night.
  • Tax Day is here. You must file by midnight.
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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Legislative Week in Review

Credit State of Oklahoma

Again this week, Tulsa lawmakers Eric Proctor (D) and David Brumbugh (R) join us  in studio to discuss the past week in the legislature. This week's topics include:

  • Education funding.
  • The death of the Minimum Wage Bill.
  • The work ethic of the House Vs. the Senate.
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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Monday Morning's Local News from 89.5/KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Cold weather follows Sunday storms in Tulsa.
  • Tulsa's mayor lobbies to finish the Gilcrease Expressway.
  • More Oklahoma earthquakes.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Friday Morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Water in the River: Estimates are released on repairs to Tulsa's Storm Water Management system.
  • Tulsa's Biz Jet opens a new facility. It will mean new jobs.
  • Today is the last day to file for a statewide office.
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