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
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Battles After Repeal Of Fayetteville Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

An alderman in Fayetteville is ready to try again to put an anti-discrimination ordinance in place but a state senator in northwest Arkansas hopes to strip Fayetteville, and local governments statewide, from having the authority to pass such ordinances. 

Earlier this month voters in Fayetteville narrowly chose to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance designed to provide protection and recourse in housing, employment, and public accommodations to historically discriminated against populations - including LGBT people.   

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Local & Regional News
10:40 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Housing Commission's Ad Buy In Political Program May Head To Attorney General

(left) AFHC Exec. Dir. Carol Johnson testifying to Leg. Audit - State Agencies in November.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is facing scrutiny for purchasing an advertisement in 2013 for a Democratic Black Caucus publication. Lawmakers moved forward Monday with plans to involve the state’s attorney general after reviewing an assessment of the commission.

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Local & Regional News
9:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arkansas Advocates Plan For Pre-K & Juvenile Justice Reform In Post-Midterm Legislature

Arkansas Advocates For Children And Families Executive Director Rich Huddleston.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One of Arkansas’s leading advocacy groups for children and low-income people is gearing up for next month’s legislative session. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families on Thursday in Little Rock held the last of three pre-legislative conferences hosted throughout the state. Expanding access to pre-K and reforming the juvenile justice system were among a slew of issues in which AACF's staff and guest speakers briefed attendees.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Outgoing Governor Beebe Reflects On Management Style, Private Option

Governor Mike Beebe in his office.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

As Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson prepares to move next month into his new office at the north end of the Capitol, Governor Mike Beebe is preparing to make his exit.

One of the Democrat's signature accomplishments was getting passage of the private option, an amended part of the federal health care law. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman sat down with the outdoing Governor to talk about how his management style helped cut the state’s uninsured rate in half.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Congressman-elect French Hill: Committee Spot, Immigration, & Racial Justice

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

Kauffman: I’m joined by central Arkansas’s Congressman-elect French Hill. Thanks for coming down.

Hill: My pleasure, good to be with you.

Committee Assignment

Kauffman: It’s not quite final yet, but you’ll be taking your seat next month and you’ve already received a committee assignment – and it’s an important one. You’ll be dealing with housing, banks…names like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Local & Regional News
2:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Election: Fayetteville's LGBT Anti-Discrimination Measure An Arkansas Rarity

State Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville)

Voters in Fayetteville next week will decide the fate of an anti-discrimination ordinance designed in large part to protect the city’s LGBT population. Fayetteville’s city council approved the measure – the first of its kind in Arkansas - in August and a petition process for its repeal began immediately after. Signature gathering was successful and the ordinance is up for a repeal vote December 9.

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Local & Regional News
3:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton Remarks On Unrest In America

Former President Bill Clinton speaking to the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton covered a range of topics Thursday at the 149th annual meeting of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce from the localized economic boon of his Presidential Library to unrest caused by a slew of high profile police stops resulting in the deaths of unarmed black people. Clinton also touched on the much different frustrations of rural white Americans.

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Local & Regional News
9:50 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

President Pro Tem Dismang Weighs In On Salary Commission Appointments

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Disman (R-Beebe)

Elected state officials are one step closer to a change in salary after the Governor, House Speaker, Senate President Pro Tem, and Chief Justice appointed seven commissioners to a salary study commission Wednesday. Arkansas voters approved the body in November as part of the lobbying and term limits amendment, Issue 3.

President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) says he is purposefully unaware how his appointees feel about existing salaries for legislators, constitutional officers, and judges.

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Local & Regional News
10:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Arkansas NFL Agent Says Pay For College Athletes Is Nearing

J.R. Carroll at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

J.R. Carroll, one of two agents in Arkansas representing NFL players, said Monday the prospect of college athletes receiving better compensation has never been better. Speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service Carroll, also a professor in sports law at the University of Arkansas, said after a whirlwind year of court rulings the path has been laid for stipends for student-athletes but not professional-level salaries.

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Local & Regional News
4:51 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

2016 Campaign Finance Ballot Proposal Submitted To Arkansas Attorney General

Regnat Populus Chairman Paul Spencer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office is considering the wording of campaign finance reform proposal that one grassroots group would like to get on the 2016 general election ballot. The ballot question was submitted Monday.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman sat down with the Chairman of Regnat Populus, Paul Spencer, at a bakery in Little Rock and asked him what the proposal seeks to change about elections.

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