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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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.