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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Americana Highways

Mary Lou Fulton is getting ready to release her debut album in October. Arizona Edition's Lou Gum speaks to the writer, musician, and journalist about her music and telling the story of her mother's Mexican town destroyed to make way for a dam in the 1960's.

Falling water levels in reservoirs along the Colorado River have forced cuts to some water users in the state, but headlines saying Arizona farms are losing their water are a bit misleading. Arizona Edition’s Lou Gum speaks to Yuma attorney Wade Noble about Yuma's water rights. 


KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with Rebecca Gau, Executive Director of Stand for Children Arizona on Arizona Edition.

Republican Paul Gosar has represented Arizona’s Congressional District 4 since 2013. He'll face competition from at least one optimistic Democrat in 2022.

Before Gosar's long tenure in CD4 he served a term representing CD1, before redistricting changed the map. He won a tight race for CD1 against Ann Kirpatrick in 2010, but since creation of CD4, Gosar has not won general election with less than 63 percent of the vote.

COVID-19 cases are up in Arizona, driven by the spread of the delta variant. On this Arizona Edition, KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with Diana Gomez, Director of the Yuma County Health Services District.

Jonathan Athens Director of Communications, Cocopah Indian Tribe

Mosquito test samples in Yuma County showed positive cases of West Nile virus, a mosquito born illness that can transfer to humans.  


This week a bipartisan group of 20 United States Senators announced a $1 trillion deal on infrastructure. Though the details are still to be worked out, the framework received the support of 17 Republicans in a procedural vote.

The threats to the Colorado River are many – climate change, overuse, invasive species, dozens of planned diversion projects, pollution – and that has motivated action up and down the river’s shores by a variety committed activists and regular people.

City of Somerton

This episode of Arizona Edition is part two of an interview that aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on July, 2, 2021.  

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While the city of Yuma gets a lot of attention for its proximity to the United States-Mexico border, it isn’t the only Yuma County city on the border. That distinction also belongs to the small city of San Luis. 

This story aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on July 2, 2021   


Lou Gum

Part two of this series aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on June 25, 2021. To listen to part one visit here.   

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The tentative budget for Yuma County next year is more than 50 percent higher than last year's. What does it include? And where did the money come from? On this episode of Arizona Edition Yuma County Administrator Susan Thorpe speaks with KAWC’s Lou Gum on this year's budget.  

Yuma International Airport

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) says over 1.4 million people passed through airport security Thursday. That's up from a little over 230,000 people on the same day last year. Airports across the country are seeing improving passenger numbers, but people flying is not the only measure of an Airport's health in a community. 

On this episode of Arizona Edition, Gladys Brown the Director of the Yuma International Airport speaks with KAWC's Lou Gum on why Yuma International is receiving statewide recognition following a global pandemic.

Behind the Yuma Multiversity is a push to expand access to higher education in Yuma County by a coalition of local individuals and businesses.

Yuma Mayor Travels to D.C.

May 12, 2021

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls is in Washington, D.C. this week. 

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Efforts to create a Yuma Multiversity, an educational hub for existing institutions of higher education to offer their various degree programs in one location, got a boost Wednesday with new funding. 

As the first full academic year within the pandemic comes to an end for teachers and students we speak with Gina Thompson, Superintendent of Yuma Union High School District. We’ll talk about lessons of resilience and citizenship, upcoming graduation ceremonies, and what looks to be an ambitious summer school schedule and hiring season.  

A former Arizona Western College employee detailed a list of complaints against the college and its President, Dr. Daniel Corr, in a 12-minute online video released Thursday on YouTube. 

A former Arizona Western College employee detailed a list of complaints against the college and its President, Dr. Daniel Corr, in a 12-minute online video released Thursday on YouTube. 

Arizona Edition, Host Lou Gum.

The Cocopah are known as the river people for their historic and cultural connection to what is today called the Colorado River.

The Colorado intersects the Cocopah Reservation today at a couple of points, but it is harder to get to the waters than it used to be just a couple of generations ago.

On this week's Arizona Edition, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls talks about the increasing number of refugees released in Yuma and reflects on a year of pandemic in our community.

10,000 American baby boomers turn 65 every day and immediately confront a choice regarding their future healthcare. This week we hear about a growing trend for American seniors – choosing a private insurance plan for their Medicare coverage.


Recently, the U.S. Border Patrol began releasing refugees and asylum-seeking migrants in Yuma County. While they aren't in the area long, there are few aid agencies to help them transition out.  

The administration of President Joe Biden said it is expelling solo adults and families who attempt to cross the U.S. - Mexico border but providing allowed entry and aid to unaccompanied children. 

The number of families seeking entry tripled in February and many were released into the United States, according to Reuters. 

President Biden addressed a question on the matter in his first press conference last week. He said Mexico would not allow entry to all families and his administration will work with the country to solve the problem. 

Arizona democrat Greg Stanton told KAWC that the citation at the border will improve as the Biden administration attempts to undo the damage caused by the previous administration. 

Arizona Edition - Our guest this week warns that politicians, and the media, hype up coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border for political gain and for ratings. Clara Long focuses on immigration and border policy as Associate Director for US Programs at Human Rights Watch. 

From the 1940s to the 1990s the federal government detonated hundreds of nuclear devices at a test site in Nevada, spreading radioactive fallout to the winds of the American southwest.  Downwind cancer victims linked to that fallout later got an apology and a path to compensation in the form of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990 but many say it wasn’t enough.

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Yuma veterans of all ages now have access to the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to the Southern Arizona VA healthcare system. 

A recent report from the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University takes a deep dive into the history of water flow on the Colorado River to help water users assess the future of this high use, drought plagued resource. Professor Jack Schmidt is the Center's Director. Today we take a quantitative look at the future of a river that was once called the Nile of America.