Cory Crowe

News and Public Affairs Director

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.

His radio career started in the 1980’s as a rock disk jockey before being "bit" by the news bug. In 1991 Cory started as a student news intern at the new public radio station, 90.3 KEDM. Although he left radio to open his own music store and recording studio, he later returned to worked as a radio program director, sports director, news director and talk show host. He also worked with national radio talk shows in syndication and satellite distribution.

Cory also has experience in digital advertising sales management, as well as social media marketing, behavioral advertising and audience research.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film Production from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 1995.

In his spare time he serves as the public address announcer at The University of Louisiana Monroe and works in the entertainment industry. He is a classically trained musician and enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Earl will hit the Yucatan Thursday morning. It has sustained winds of 45 mph and is headed toward the tourist destination of Belize.

Louisiana is not in the path of this storm. The storm should weaken when it makes landfall and is projected to continue across Mexico and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

NHC Advisory:


Cory Crowe / KEDM

Today the University of Louisiana Monroe unveiled its new football field house. The $4.1 million facility was paid for by private donations. 

The building houses football offices, locker room and showers, conference room, video area and reception. A "Hall of History" connects the new building to Malone Stadium.

Cory Crowe / KEDM

It's summertime and the buzz of mosquitoes fills the air. Sometimes Louisiana residents celebrate that glorious buzzing sound of a mosquito truck.  

Shannon Rider of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement explained spraying is all surveillance driven.  “It’s based on the data we receive each week through our traps and what those tell us.” Ryder says, “The spraying can be based on the mosquito counts or disease.”

Ouachita parish is broken into 51 zones.  I visited a West Monroe neighborhood and Rider showed me a mosquito trap. 

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported five new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. If the virus shows up in northeast Louisiana it could be spread locally by mosquitoes. I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Shannon Rider, the Director of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement.  We are going to spend the day checking mosquito traps and doing some sleuthing in West Monroe.

Rider takes me into the mosquito lab to for a quick mosquito education.

Former State Representative Rick Gallot has been named the new President of Grambling State University.  

Gallot was approved today by the Louisiana System Board.  The finalist were Gallot, a Ruston attorney, and the President of Tuskegee University Gilbert Rochon.

Grambling State University has been leaderless since the June resignation of former President Willie Larkin. There have been three leaders in the last two years at the school. Gallot becomes the tenth president of the university.

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Shannon Rider is hard at work. She is going door to door in a West Monroe neighborhood looking for dangerous diseases in people’s flowerpots, buckets and birdbaths. She and her team at Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement are serving as a sentinel against an unseen danger.

Arron Witek / Louisiana Stars

  Every year about 8,000 students spend their summers marching in drum corps. They compete against other bands at competitions throughout the hot days of summer. The Louisiana Stars are no exception. The Corps is based in Lafayette, Louisiana and will tour the United States this summer. They are a member of Drum Corps International.

CHICAGO (AP) - The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers in an ambush-style attack identified with a growing sovereign citizen movement whose adherents believe they're immune to most federal and state laws, including paying taxes and getting driver's licenses.

Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, filed documents last year declaring himself a member of the United Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah, a group that believes black people were the original inhabitants of the U.S

The University of Louisiana Monroe received a donation of $262,000 from representatives from the Louisiana Licensing Board for Construction Management (LLBCM) and the Contractors Educational Trust Fund (CETF). The money was donated to Louisiana Monroe’s School of Construction Management during a press conference on Wednesday.

Strauss Theatre Center

Auditions are July 11th and 12th for the Strauss Theatre Center musical 'Big River.'  Auditions are open to local actors from age 7 to adult. Backstage workers, crew and costumers are also needed.  

Strauss' Cathy Airhart Webb and John Russell explain the audition process. 

The musical is an adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 'Big River' is set in pre-Civil War Missouri and follows the hijinks of an escaped slave and homeless boy. The performance will feature bluegrass, gospel and country music with a live stage band.