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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Roux Radio 8/14

Aug 14, 2015

In this episode of Roux Radio: understanding our mild hurricane season, dropping in on a back yard concert, challenging the two-party system and more.

Roux Radio 8/7

Aug 7, 2015

 On the premier of Roux Radio, Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne is looking for payback, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols finds strength under pressure and The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana works to restore Bayou Sorrell.

Baton Rouge Gallery

For the Baton Rouge Gallery's August show, three artists that work in radically different mediums seem to converge on the same theme: structure. Jason Andreasen, Executive Director of the Gallery, tells us more about Amy James, Brian Kelly and Linda Jeffers.

The ACLU of Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal over an executive order he issued in May implementing protections for business owners with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 

Is Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley calling for Medicaid expansion? No, that can’t be right. 

In the 2010 legislative session, Gov. Jindal signed into law a largely symbolic bill declaring all Louisianians free from quote “governmental intrusion in choosing or declining to choose any mode of securing health insurance coverage.” That was shortly after the federal Affordable Care Act passed, and 31 Republican lawmakers, including Kleckley, co-authored the measure.

Fast forward to today. Kleckey pushed the resolution allowing Louisiana’s next governor to pay for Medicaid expansion. Both houses approved, and the governor has no say.

While Oakland, California-based musician Fantastic Negrito has been declared winner of NPR's Tiny Desk contest, we wanted to take a moment to shine a light on all of the entries that came out of the Baton Rouge area.

UPDATE:  The first WRKF tote bag is now available! Want one? Click here to support WRKF.

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