Ann Marie Awad

Host and Reporter

Ann Marie came a long way to WRKF. Originally from Buffalo, NY, where she was a freelance print reporter, she moved to New York City to get a masters in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. During her time at CUNY, she interned with Brooklyn's Heritage Radio Network and Philadelphia's WHYY FM. When she's not wielding a microphone, Ann Marie loves comic books, politics and a great cup of coffee.

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Contest winner
3:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Diane Baker Designs The First WRKF Tote Bag

After two months of grueling competition, a winner emerges. Diane Baker's design will be appearing on a tote bag near you in Spring 2015. Listen for the first signs of our spring pledge drive to learn how you can get your hands on one.

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Education
6:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Piano Lab Puts On a Show - And Delivers Results

Winbourne's piano lab students perform their first recital.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.


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Politics
2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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Politics
3:57 am
Sun December 7, 2014

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Garret Graves gives his victory speech.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


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Politics
5:33 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Packing Districts with Minority Voters Could Do More Harm Than Good

Congressman Cedric Richmond marching in the Southern University homecoming parade in October.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Congressman Cedric Richmond won by a landslide. He got nearly 70 percent of the vote in District 2 -- Louisiana's only majority black district.

Dr. William Arp, a political scientist at Southern University, had predicted that when Ann Marie Awad spoke with him before the election.

Arp calls District 2, which encompasses most of New Orleans and north Baton Rouge, a "packed" district -- packed with minority voters. And when Awad visited Arp again he said, that's a bad thing.


Health
3:14 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Xavier University Wins Grant to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research

Courtesy of flickr.com

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


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Politics
1:49 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters Say 'No' to 6 of 14 Amendments

Credit Louisiana Secretary of State

On election day, Louisiana voters said yes to protecting state funding for healthcare, and a firm no to measures that would expand the size and reach of state government.


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Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hurry Up and Vote!

Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Voters all over the state are facing unusually lengthy ballots on Election Day. Between the Senate race, all the congressional races, judicial races, school board and other contests, there are more than 4,400 candidates for more than 2,400 offices statewide. No matter where you are in Louisiana, you can expect to see at least 20 items on your ballot. And once you’re in the voting booth, you won’t have much time to decide.


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Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Louisiana's Minority District Makes For a Congressman On The Move

Congressman Cedric Richmond walks in Southern University's homecoming parade.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which encompasses North Baton Rouge and a large part of New Orleans, is what’s called a majority minority district. In this case, it’s predominantly black. Districts like this are required by federal law to protect minority representation, but ironically, it may be doing the opposite.

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