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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Health
6:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not

A Baton Rouge EMS paramedic holds a single dose pre-filled syringe of Nalaxone, otherwise known as Narcan. Baton Rouge paramedics have been carrying the drug for years.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.

To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.

But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.

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Education
4:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  

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Culture
6:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet the Neighbors: Franklin Brown's Bayou Café is 'a Weather Forecaster'

Franklin Brown, owner, Bayou Café
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF news

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at news@wrkf.org and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.

Franklin Brown has owned Bayou Café at 5688 Airline Highway in Scotlandville since 2000.

Brown says his first love is Southern University, where he graduated in 1975. He says the entire North Baton Rouge community comes in close second. In his last 14 years of business, Bayou Café has become something of a meeting place. In the mornings, the place is slammed.

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Culture
6:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Crawfish Festival: Sights, Sounds and History

Claws up!
Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Festival season is winding down but crawfish season is still going strong. A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Breaux Bridge for the world famous Breaux Bridge crawfish festival. And who better to show a Yankee girl around than Sam Irwin, a freelance writer who just put out a book all about crawfish. It’s called Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean.


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Culture
6:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Meet The Neighbors: Tess Brunet Offers 'a Music Education'

Tess Brunet with Agnes the cockatiel
Credit Ann Marie Awad

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at news@wrkf.org and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.

In a cozy little duplex in Beauregard Town, Tess Brunet runs a neighborhood record store. 

The Houma native opened the store with her partner Patrick -- he’s from Maine. And he’s the one who came up with the name, Lagniappe Records.

“He was so enamored by South Louisiana and New Orleans and he’s discovering all these things about this region and you know Lagniappe is you know it’s normal to me I know what that is, people anywhere else besides here they see that word and they’re like ‘how do you say that?" she jokes. "He fell in love with this area.”

After touring the country as a musician, Brunet landed in New Orleans, but she kept being drawn back to Baton Rouge.  

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Culture
6:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Meet The Neighbors

Credit Ann Marie Awad

Everyone can think of a character they know. Someone who puts their mark on the community. Someone who just has a colorful personality. Someone you just want to know more about.

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. 

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Culture
6:20 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Poet Laureate Spreads the Word About Louisiana Poetry

Ava Leavell Haymon

 In honor of National Poetry Month, Ann Marie Awad sat down to talk with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. She’s on a mission to change the way the rest of the world looks at the state of Louisiana through poetry. 

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Landrieu Says Revenue Sharing, Not Lawsuit, Will Benefit Coastal Renewal

Sen. Mary Landrieu spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.
Credit Ann Marie AWad

Senator Mary Landrieu says a lawsuit against oil and gas companies is not the answer to renewing Louisiana’s gulf coast.

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Reporter Testimonials
3:24 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

WRKF Lets Me Tell More of the Story

Sue Lincoln, Capitol Access reporter for WRKF
Credit Kelly Tate

Sue Lincoln has spent much of the last two decades as a reporter for radio and television. And she's put in many hours covering the capitol. 

Her expertise covering the statehouse makes her a valuable asset to WRKF and our listeners during the legislative session. 

"It’s often said that Louisiana has two sports: football and politics. And we watch both avidly," Sue says. "Louisiana’s politics are known to be different, wonky, if you will, to the rest of the U.S. But they’re endlessly fascinating."

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

State turns over roads to BR, unlocking possibilities

Photo by Ann Marie Awad

After long negotiations with the state regarding the turnover of some roadways to local authority, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced Wednesday that Government street will be getting a makeover.

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