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
12:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008

Arkansas’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly six years sitting at six percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services. At this point last year the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.

Michael Pakko, an economist with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the latest report is another encouraging sign of growth.

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Local & Regional News
2:51 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dismang Takes Leadership Post In State Senate And Democrats Place Their Bets

Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe)

The political hierarchy of Arkansas’s state Senate took shape Friday ahead of next year’s legislative session with the confirmation of Republican Jonathan Dismang of Beebe as President Pro Tem.

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Local & Regional News
10:58 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Political and Real Cost Of At-Home Disability Care

State legislators on Thursday considered the future of a healthcare policy that would allow funding for the disabled to be used for home-based and community care instead of only institutional settings. The Community First Choice Option, or CFCO, is part of the Affordable Care Act that each state has to authorize to implement.

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Local & Regional News
7:13 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Brummett, Rutherford, Brantley, and Brock Talk Cotton's Future

The Political Animals Club assembled Thursday for a post-election panel of political reporters and commentators. John Brummett (Democrat-Gazette), Skip Rutherford (Clinton School Dean), Max Brantley (Arkansas Times), and Roby Brock (Talk Business and Politics) gave their thoughts on the midterm elections, the new political landscape, and what Arkansas may look like in the years ahead.

John Brummett was the first to answer moderator Rex Nelson’s request for a prediction on newly elected Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.

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Local & Regional News
3:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Stubblefield Yields To More Moderate Republican For Leadership Spot

Senator Larry Teague (D-Nashville)
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Republican Gary Stubblefield had planned to challenge the incoming Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang but announced Wednesday he will not. After the midterm election Stubblefield announced his concerns over Dismang’s support of the private option and possible choice of a Democrat to chair a committee as reasons to oppose his Republican colleague.

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Local & Regional News
10:38 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Hutchinson's Chief Of Staff Pick Creates New Dynamic In Private Option Path

Former State Senator Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville)

This week Republican Michael Lamoureux resigned his position as President Pro Tem of the state Senate to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson. What becomes of this void in the state Senate? We just held elections, what’s in store for the communities surrounding Russellville?

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Enrollment Nearing For Health Insurance Exchange And Subsidies

An screenshot from healthcare.gov near its 2013 launch.
Credit healthcare.gov

Enrollment in the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, will re-open Saturday. The Affordable Care Act established the health insurance exchange where shoppers can navigate plans and calculate subsidies for coverage based on income.

Leonard Stern works with the non-profit Future Builders to assist people enrolling in the healthcare exchange. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families partially funds the effort. Stern said unlike last year things are expected to run smoothly online.

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Local & Regional News
10:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Concerns Aired In Legislature Over $2 Billion Cross-State Transmission Line

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Members of the state legislature on Monday reviewed the potential impact of a proposed $2 billion, 750 mile interstate transmission line that would cross Arkansas from west to east from just north of Fort Smith to West Memphis.

Outgoing Republican State Representative John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg) has typically been against regulating the energy sector. However, Hutchison believes the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project will bring problems to waterfowl, such as ducks, in the areas it crosses. That includes an area nearby his own property in northeast Arkansas. 

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

The State House-elect Maneuvers For Committee Spots, Democrats Hold Half In Two

Arkansas State Representative David Branscum
Credit PBS NewsHour

The newly elected Arkansas legislature doesn’t officially convene until January but on Friday incoming House members came to Little Rock to lay the groundwork. The re-elected and newly-elected jockeyed for committee placements with Republicans gaining control of every standing committee but two. Democrats garnered an equal amount of seats as the newly expanded Republican majority on the Education Committee and Insurance and Commerce Committee.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Uber Opens Shop As Little Rock Officials Call The Ride-Sharing Platform Illegal

The Uber app connects passengers with drivers using personal cars who are not direct employees.
Credit wikimedia.org

There is now another option besides taxis and buses to motor around Little Rock but it may not be legal. The ride-sharing service Uber began operations in Little Rock Thursday. It connects would-be passengers and drivers using personal cars through a mobile app.

In recent months the city of Little Rock has been crafting a new ordinance to regulate Uber’s operation with their input.

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