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 excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

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Firsts Things Firsts is seeking local input as it sets funding priorities for the next four years. KAWC's Lou Gum reports there is $21 million in funding on the line.

David Schapira for Superintendent

Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, will face some competition to keep her job next year.

Former state legislator and Democrat, David Schapira, says he has the teaching and administrative experience needed to lead Arizona schools.

Four designated national monuments in Arizona are among 24 across the country slated for review under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump Wednesday.

Arizona House Republicans released their state budget framework Thursday.  It includes a larger and quicker teacher pay raise than the one proposed by Governor Doug Ducey in next year’s budget and returns monies to the state highway fund.

But Legislative Democrats say neither proposal goes far enough to repair the harm caused by years of cuts to education and other programs. They made their case at a budget town hall in Yuma this weekend. 

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