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 earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film Production from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 1995. He also has experience in digital advertising sales management, as well as social media marketing, behavioral advertising and audience research.

Cory has won numerous broadcasting awards including the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors best Newscast, Feature Story, Public Affairs, and Use of Sound awards. He has been a finalist in the best News Anchor, Radio Achievement, Multimedia, Breaking News, Documentary or Series, and Digital Presence catagories. Cory has also won numerous Addy awards for radio and television advertising campaigns. 

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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Ashley Ellis has been named the new principal at Neville Junior High. Ellis will replace Dana Mullins. Mullins has been named the new supervisor of Human Resources for the school board. 

Ellis served as the Assistant Principal of Neville High School and on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  She is married to Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis has appointed Tommy James as Chief Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Monroe.

Mr. James has decades of experience in public service, including 30 years with the Monroe Fire Department with the last three years serving as Chief Arson Investigator, and 16 years as a reserve police officer with the Monroe Police Department.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce exists to improve the overall business environment. New President and CEO Roy Heatherly talks with Cory Crowe on Lagniappe.

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently attempting to locate a runaway juvenile, Jodie Denault, age 16.

Jodie was last seen in West Monroe on July 13, 2021. She was wearing a black windbreaker style jacket with black sandals and a pink purse. She is described as a White female, 4’-10” tall and weighing 103 lbs. She has blonde hair but recently dyed it black.

She is possibly in the Richland Parish area. Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Jodie Denault is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

The Miss Louisiana Competition was held in Monroe in June. Julia Claire Williams from Kinder was crowned Miss Louisiana 2021. The recent ULM graduate talks about her plans to serve Louisiana and the upcoming Miss America competition.

The Monroe Fire Department’s Basic Training Academy will graduate its 14th class on Friday, July 2, 2021. The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Public Safety Center located at 1810 Martin Luther King Junior Dr.

The recruits began their 22-week academy on February 1, 2021. They’ve been challenged with lectures, assignments, and hands-on training in many different areas, including hazardous materials, firefighting, and emergency medical response.

The following ten recruits will graduate Friday:

Sydney Alston

Celebrate the 4th in Caldwell Parish on Main Street with Live music by Zach O’Neal, food trucks, artist reception in the Schepis, and fireworks at 9pm over the Ouachita River. The events on July 3rd start at 5pm on Main Street and ends with a fireworks display.


The Schepis Museum will host a reception during the Fireworks show. Emily Caldwell will showcase: Out of the Blue. The limited showcase runs through July 30th!

Monroe Police continue to investigate Friday night’s fatal shooting of former Richwood High starting quarterback Michael Sherman. Detectives say Sherman was gunned down after an argument involving two females. Richwood High Football Coach Marcus Yanez says Sherman was a great person to be around.

"He was also the energy of the team, the heartbeat of the team. He was a fun loving kid who's smile could light up any room."

Sherman was 18 years-old and graduated in May. No arrests have been made.

Juneteenth commerates the end of slavery in the United States. Ross Slacks, Director of The Northeast Louisiana African-American Heritage Museum explains the holiday and how it will be celebrated in Monroe.

Emily Caldwell

The Schepis Museum is reopening with new works by Emily Caldwell June 7 through July 30.


A celebration reception will be held July 3. On the 4th of July  on Main Street there will be live music by Steven Joiner and band, food trucks, artist reception in the Schepis, and fireworks at 9 p.m. over the scenic Ouachita River.