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KEDM Named Finalist in LA-MS Associated Press Awards

KEDM has been named as a finalist for multiple awards in the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Contest.

KEDM News and Public Affairs Director Cory Crowe was named a finalist in five award categories including Best Newscast.

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Cory Crowe, KEDM News and Public Affairs Director

KEDM’s national coverage of the October 2017 shooting incident at Grambling State University for NPR, “Grambling Student Shooting,” is a finalist for Breaking News Coverage.

A three part series about preventing an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in northeast Louisiana is a finalist for Best Documentary or Series of Stories.

Investigative reporting on the plight of the Ouachita-Black River system, “Ouachita River Could Lose 20+ Feet of Water in Worst Case Scenario,” was named a finalist for Best Long Feature Story.

Crowe was named a finalist in Best Use of Sound for his feature story, “Zika Lurks Among Us,” capturing the difficult job of parish workers who spend hot summer days stamping out deadly disease.

KEDM’s ULM Forum was also named a finalist in Public Affairs Programming, with the feature radio interviews “ULM Researcher Dives into Sleep, Stress, and Yoga,” “ULM Ski Team Wins 28th National Championship,” and “ULM Nursing School Medical Mission Trip to Dominican Republic.” The segment is produced by General Manager Jay Curtis with assistance from ULM Communications Practicum student Sarah Hardin. It examines the intersection between the University of Louisiana Monroe and the surrounding community, and how they benefit each other.

In the contest, all radio stations in Louisiana and Mississippi compete against one another regardless of market size.

The winners in each division will be named at the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Broadcasters and Media Editors awards on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

A complete list of finalists is available at

KEDM is a public service of ULM; broadcasting NPR News, classical music, jazz, and other entertainment from studios in Sandel Hall. The station relies on funding from listeners, local businesses, ULM, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.
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