Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter and anchor for KUAR. He primarily covers the state legislature and politics beat while juggling anchoring All Things Considered Monday through Friday afternoons. 

Jacob is a long-time Little Rock resident who started out working with Hendrix College's KHDX and the Arkansas Legislative Digest. His work (or portions of it) has appeared on NPR, our other wonderful public radio stations across Arkansas, PBS News Hour, TalkBusiness.net, Arkansas Money & Politics Magazine, and ArkansasBlog.com.

He regularly appears on Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) weekly roundtable politics program Arkansas Week. Jacob also serves on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. If you see him you should ask him about the experience of German-Arkansans during World War I.

Phone: 501-683-7393

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Rep. Defends Ban On Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws On Gay Radio Show

Rep. Charlie Collins appeared on KABF community radio to discuss a vote related to LGBT rights.
Credit facebook.com/biggayradioshow / KABF

Republican Representative Charlie Collins, who voted this month for a bill to ban cities and counties from enacting LGBT anti-discrimination laws, explained his vote for 30 minutes Friday on KABF’s “Big Gay Radio Show.” Collins told host H.L. Moody his vote was based on what he perceived as economic harms in a short-lived ordinance in Fayetteville. Collins said taking away local control was a difficult decision.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Fluoridated Water Optional Under Bill Passed By Arkansas House

Average Fluoridation Levels By County (2006).
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fluoride in drinking water would no longer be required under a bill passed by the Arkansas House Thursday. Representative Jack Ladyman (R-Jonesboro) sponsored the legislation allowing local water authorities, serving over 5,000 people, to opt-out of a 2011 fluoride requirement. Ladyman questioned the validity of science that concludes fluoride is beneficial to dental health.

“All the science, the data, the studies related to the subject should be reviewed, studied, and vetted. I also believe that this vetting process should be made by the people at the local level,” said Ladyman.

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Local & Regional News
2:39 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Concealed Carry For Non-Church Affiliated Private Schools Advances

Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) in committee earlier this month.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A push in the Arkansas Legislature to increase the presence of guns on school campuses made an advancement Thursday. The House Education Committee approved a bill that would give all private schools the ability to allow concealed carry holders on their grounds.

Republican Representative Grant Hodges voted for the measure and said it was meant to clarify a 2013 law.

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Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Telemedicine Abortion Ban Passes Arkansas Senate

Sen. Joyce Elliott sits by the aisle in the middle row of the Senate floor in 2013.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban a doctor from prescribing drugs via telemedicine, or consultation through video, to induce an abortion. The measure passed 29 to 4.

Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock was one of the few in opposition and the only member to rise to speak.

“We don’t have any doctors that are practicing bad medicine in this arena. The medical board has already said what they should do and yet for some reason we continue to think that we’re better at practicing medicine than doctors are,” said Elliott.

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Lee Stands In Bid To End Arkansas's Dual Lee/MLK Holiday, Rep. Called "Colored"

Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) makes closing remarks in the House State Agencies Committee on his bill that would end the joint celebration of Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A second attempt in the Arkansas Legislature to decouple the joint state holiday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. failed in the House State Agencies Committee Wednesday after a tense hearing.

“The people who support this bill have been somewhat silent. There is a lot of intimidation up there," said the bill's sponsor Representative Nate Bell.

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Local & Regional News
9:24 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Arkansas's Medicaid Expansion Plan Nears House Vote

Rep. Kelley Linck (R-Yellville) and Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin) presenting Arkansas's plan on Medicaid expansion to the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas’s version of Medicaid expansion, branded as the private option, is headed to the House floor. The governor’s proposal to continue the plan through 2016 and to create a task force to recommend Medicaid reforms afterward passed out of committee Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
3:32 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Arkansas House Passes First Abortion Bill Of Session With Minimal Opposition

Rep. David Meeks (R-Greenbrier) and Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) chatting after a committee morning Monday morning.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The first abortion-related bill of Arkansas's legislative session easily passed through the state House Monday. The bill seeks to ban a procedure not currently offered in Arkansas: drug-induced abortions via telemedicine, where a doctor consults with a patient over video and may or may not provide a prescription.

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Local & Regional News
12:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Legislative Committee Rejects Removing Lee From King Holiday

Rep. Charles Blake speaking in favor of the bill while members of Sons of Confederate Veterans look on.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The joint celebration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue in Arkansas. An effort in the Arkansas Legislature Wednesday to end the state holiday honoring both Lee and King on the same day failed on a voice vote after an onslaught of testimony from those lauding Lee’s legacy. The legislation in the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee would have allowed MLK Day to stand alone, while the Lee celebration would be incorporated into a new “Patrick Cleburne-Robert E.

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Local & Regional News
10:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Governor's Budget: Surplus Spending, Prisons, Education, Taxes, & GIF

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Asa Hutchinson is proposing an overall spending increase of three percent in his budget plan for the next fiscal year. The Republican governor released his proposal to lawmakers Tuesday. General education, Medicaid, and prisons would see an increase in funding. Higher education and pre-K would remain flat while many state agencies will take a one percent cut.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon January 26, 2015

This Week In The Arkansas Legislature: Medicaid, Taxes, MLK, And A Budget

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The week ahead in the Arkansas Legislature promises action on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature tax cut proposal, reaction to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plans, the reevaluation of celebrating a Confederate general on the same day as a civil rights icon, and the release of a state budget proposal.

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