News About Public Radio

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

KUAR is proud to have received two first place awards from the national industry group Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. They were handed out Saturday during PRNDI's annual conference for newsroom leaders, held this year in St. Louis, Missouri.

Readers may be wondering why their social feeds were filled with images of buttons, custom coloring pages and crowds across the nation nestled on chairs and floor pillows.

Remembering David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna

Jun 8, 2016

The NPR family suffered an unimaginable loss on Sunday, June 5. David Gilkey, an NPR photo journalist was killed in Afghanistan along with NPR's Afghan interpreter and fellow journalist Zabihullah Tamanna. Here, we share some of the posts on social media that honor David and Zabihullah. We invite you to leave your own thoughts and memories in the comments.

KUAR 89.1, UALR’s public radio station, and its partners in a regional journalism collaboration, are pleased to announce Vanessa McKuin will join the newly created Natural State News team as the project’s partner manager.


In her new role, McKuin will promote the project throughout the state, secure funding to sustain the collaboration, and manage the administration of initial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Invisibilia Listening Party

Jun 1, 2016

Season 2 of Invisibilia starts soon! Invisibilia explores the forces that control human behavior through narrative storytelling and scientific research.

Hear the first episode of the new season and take part in a conversation about the show with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman.

Thursday, June 16 from 7-8:30pm at the studios of UALR Public Radio         Suite 400 of the University Plaza shopping center at Asher and University Avenues

This is an exciting and important inflection point in the audio-on-demand evolution. Technology has made it increasingly easier for consumers to listen to podcasts. More great programs launch every day, and sponsorship is among a number of business models, which will continue to fuel increased growth.

Every semester, NPR's interns are encouraged to learn about journalism in and around the headquarters office in Washington, D.C. So we thought: What better way to learn than by interviewing some of the network's most seasoned voices?

NPR Is Now Live On Video, Too

May 3, 2016

If you "like" an NPR page on Facebook, chances are, you may have noticed something new in your feed recently: live videos. It's the latest effort from NPR to connect with our online audience where they're at. For decades, NPR has innovated with audio and used the intimacy of the platform to connect with audiences and tell compelling stories. Now, we want to connect with you using video.

KUAR's Pub Quiz Returns

May 2, 2016

What do public radio, pizza, and beer have in common? You! Yes, you!

Show off your smarts and show your love for public radio at the return of KUAR's Pub Quiz, where all answers will be considered but only the correct ones will be accepted! Sponsored by Challenge Entertainment, American Pie Pizza, and Bear State Bank, this team trivia fundraiser for UALR Public Radio is sure to be a good time.

Sunday, May 22 at 6pm

New Statewide News Network Announces Managing Editor

Apr 29, 2016

KUAR 89.1, UALR’s public radio station, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.