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, ArkansasBlog.com, and the Nashville News.

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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University of Central Arkansas.

The University of Central Arkansas announced on Thursday overall enrollment ticked up this fall, just barely, by 0.47 percent. It marks the third consecutive year of growth for the university in Conway, which now stands at 5.8 percent. 11,754 students are enrolled in classes with a 2.5 percent increase in retention.

UCA's press release is below:

Jacksonville resident Randy Dollar found out his Medicaid was cancelled in a hospital preparing for open-heart surgery.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday tried to drive home the message that Arkansas’s beleaguered Medicaid verification process is resulting in some very real physical pain for low-income Arkansans.

U.S. Rep.-elect French Hill (R-2nd Dist.)
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Congressman French Hill panned the President’s foreign policy decisions in a speech Tuesday but departed - to a degree - from some of his Republican colleagues on the Iran nuclear deal.

KUAR Takes To California Airwaves To Talk Huckabee

Sep 1, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is in his second run for the GOP nomination for president but he's not shining through in early primary contests like he did the first go around.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman joined Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk on Tuesday to talk Huckabee with Washington Post reporter Steve Hendrix and POLITICO's Steve Shepard.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas's new executive director Ted Dick.
Arkansas Democrats

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is getting a new executive director, hailing from another rural state offering a tough electoral landscape. 

The top story this week: Gov. Asa Hutchinson lays out a seven-point plan to continue the state's participation in the Medicaid expansion through the private option, though officials also resume sending cancellation notices to those who didn't respond to verification request.

James Carville, political strategist and friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

A Clinton bid for the presidency brings up plenty of familiar feelings for Arkansans and an old voice is back in the state this week to help raise funds for Hillary Clinton. James Carville made stops in Little Rock and Rogers on Thursday.

Governor Asa Hutchinson John Selig Medicaid DHS Department of Human Services
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson laid out a seven-point plan Wednesday that would continue Arkansas’ participation in the Medicaid expansion through the private option while requiring recipients to participate in employer-sponsored plans and pay premiums.

Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As of Tuesday it will have been two weeks since the governor issued a two week pause in issuing Medicaid termination notices but it’s not entirely clear if the moratorium will end on schedule. Expanded staffing levels called for by the governor on August 4th are not up to scale yet either.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) discussing changes to eligibility verification for Medicaid in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol in early August.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas is expected to end a two week pause to sending out Medicaid termination notices on Tuesday. Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the moratorium on August 4th so that the Department of Human Services could process what he called an “information overload.”