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Arizona Edition Friday: AWC Commencement, addressing mental health needs, and battling dust

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00:00-1:00 - BILLBOARD

01:30-20:00 - Lou Gum speaks with AWC President Dr. Daniel Corr about this year's record-breaking commencement.

21:50-30:17 - State and Regional News with reports from KJZZ's Fronteras Desk, Arizona News Connection, and Alex Hager, KUNC (Colorado River Reporting Project).

30:50-36:35 - Lou Gum speaks with Dr. Ryan Cheung about NAU-Yuma launching a program to train more mental health counselors scheduled to begin in the Fall.

36:45-50:14 - Chris McDaniel speaks with ASU Regents Professor Ferran Garcia-Pichel about the importance of the biocrust intamping down dust in desert climates.

Look for extended cuts of some of these stories on the Arizona Edition Podcast.

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.
Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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