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 end enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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Louisiana GOHSEP/Louisiana Governors Office /

Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. There is widespread flooding in south Louisiana . Flooding is occurring in low lying areas.

KEDM Meteorologist Jarod Floyd explained the system will produce scattered rainfall amounts. 

"The Monroe area could see 2 to 4 inches of rain and it could get messy," Floyd said.

Rainfall amounts of up to 10 inches are expected in south Louisiana. 

Ouachita Parish GOHSEP Director Neal Brown said the worst part of the storm will not hit us.

National Weather Service /

Heavy rainfall is expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend. A wave of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico has been stalled over Louisiana and Mississippi for the last few days. 

Heaviest rainfall totals up to 10 inches are expected in the southern parishes. Northern Louisiana may receive 3 to 6 inches of rain from this system.

Showers and thunderstorms will pop up and could become severe. Low area flooding will occur and flash flooding may be a possibility with this system.

Rain is projected to stay in the forecast into next week. 

NWS Shreveport

Heavy rains are forecast for our area until Sunday. A tropical weather system has stalled out over the Gulf states. 

Locally 3-6" are possible.Heavier rains up to 8" are possible to the south. 

NWS Forecast:


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. 

Animal Diversity Web / Fickr /

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.

Microbiologybytes /

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.