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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NOAA / NWS Shreveport

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late this afternoon through the evening across much of the region. Large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes are all possible, before they shift east out of the region and weaken late this evening.

The City of Monroe is asking residents to quit flushing items other than toiler paper down toilets. Monroe Public Relations Coordinator Rod Washington says that lift stations throughout the city are becoming clogged with paper towels and wipes.  

Cotton balls, Q-tips, tissue, paper towels and flushable and non flushable wipes should not be flushed. They will clog up bends in pipes and could cause a backup in your home.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will extend the current stay-at-home order until April 30. Schools, non-essential businesses and restaurants will remain closed to dine-in services for all of April. People are being asked to continue to practice social distancing and and not make any unnecessary trips.

Louisiana currently has 4,025 positive cases and has reported 185 deaths from the coronavirus.
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Blood supplies are low in north Louisiana. LifeShare Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. at the Glenwood Medical Mall, Suite 400.

The public is asked to use the south entrance #5, facing the Ouachita Parish Public Library. / Wonderferret /

A severe blood shortage is hitting our area. Amiee Kane of St. Francis Medical Center says they need the community to step up and help. Kane says the Lifeshare Blood Center Bus will be parked in front of St. Francis Medical Center today from 1-7 p.m.
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New number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana were released at noon by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The State of Louisiana now has 1,388 cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 46 deaths. 1,852 test have been handled by state labs and 6,751 by private labs. 43 of 64 parishes now have cases.

Ouachita Parish currently has 7 diagnosed cases and 1 death has been reported. 

2 cases have been reported in Lincoln Parish and 1 case has been reported in Richland Parish.

58% of Louisiana cases are in women and 42% are in men. 

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Due to COVID-19 concerns Monroe Fire Department Chief Terry Williams said the Monroe Fire Department will cease responding to EMS calls. Chief Williams said he made the decision after consulting with EMS personnel and the senior MFD staff. The announcement was made at the Mayor’s weekly press briefing.


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Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range is closed to the public.

This precaution is being taken in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation and the continuing efforts to protect the health of citizens and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A reopening date will be announced at a later time, the earliest being April 13, 2020.

Out of concern for the health and safety of Ouachita Parish Public Library patrons and staff, all branches will close temporarily to the public at the end of regular business hours on Thursday, March 19 until April 13.

The Library is waiving all overdue fines for items borrowed and/or due between March 13-April 13. Out of an abundance of caution, the Library is requesting that patrons not return currently borrowed items until further notice.

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Edwards on Thursday signed an update to his Public Health Emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 outbreak, which waives some education requirements in the law and also suspends some laboratory requirements to speed the process of coronavirus testing, among other things.