Lou Gum

News and Operations Director and Host, All Things Considered

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe wants to revive a traditional tea recipe that uses the beans of the screw bean mesquite tree.  But finding the beans is more difficult now than it was just decades ago.  Turns out the tree that was part of Cocopah culture for millennia is dying off. 

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Arizonans see opportunity in renewable energy and think government at all levels should respond to climate change.

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Roger Naylor loves Arizona and his new book has him walking and eating in some of the state’s most picturesque and unique places.

Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers is a collection of hiking trails and eateries from across the state. The entries describe each hike, assesses their difficulty, and suggest both activities on the trail and nearby.  And since hiking can lead to a healthy appetite, Naylor offers up suggestions for where to grab a great burger afterward.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey brought a local version of his State of the State address to Yuma on Thursday. The Governor highlighted the involvement of Yuma Ag leaders and legislators in drafting the Arizona Drought Contingency plan and delivered a positive assessment of state finances.

City of Yuma

The Yuma Bird, Nature, and History Festival is three days of activities that begin January 4th.  The event features guided tours of some of the most amazing locations in our region, highlights the one-of-a kind birds and creatures we share our home with, and explores the history of our community.