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 also runs KUAR's Arkansas Politics Blog.

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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  -Arkansans will see a rise in insurance rates this year. But it could have been worse? Meanwhile, thousands more enroll in the state’s private option.

-The Republican candidate for a state house seat in south Arkansas faces jail time. 

-A Sherwood court comes under pressure from the ACLU: A story of hot checks, court fines, and debtors’ prisons.

-Arkansas’s struggle with high rates of incarceration rates is nothing new, but a recent report may offer a guide for how the state deals with overcrowding. 

State Rep. candidate Jim Hall (R-Monticello).
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Republican Party of Arkansas Chair Doyle Webb is calling on state House candidate Jim Hall "to resign his candidacy" following an appeals court ruling affirming harassment charges. Hall, a Republican from Monticello, maintains his innocence and says he won't step out of the race even though he faces jail time.

"I am not guilty and if I have to vote absentee from the jail I will do it. But I refuse to withdraw from this race," Hall told KUAR News.

In a statement, Chair Webb said Hall should get his personal life in order.

Candidate Jim Hall filing paperwork to run for an open state House seat covering parts of Ashley and Drew counties in south Arkansas.
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Republicans hoping to further erode Democratic seats in the Arkansas Legislature may have hit a stumbling block in candidate Jim Hall. The House candidate from Drew County is facing jail time for harassment after losing an appeal on Wednesday.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine standing with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is making a fundraising stop in Little Rock as part of swing through traditionally red states. The U.S. Senator from Virginia will be at the west Little Rock home of Deborah and Mike Roberts on Tuesday.

The minimum contribution for the private event is $2,700 per-person. The maximum donation, for a chair-level contributor, tops out at $50,000.

Arkansas Insurance Department Commissioner Alan Kerr (front) and Communications Director K Ryan James at a meeting of the Health Reform Legislative Task Force.
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The Arkansas Insurance Department is submitting health insurance rate increase requests to the federal government for approval on Tuesday and state officials are already expecting an even larger hike this time next year. 

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
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On this week's podcast, the KUAR news team discusses:

A view of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Pine Bluff from inside the historic, but crumbling Hotel Pines.
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Nine Pine Bluff police officers returned their Medals of Valor on Thursday after the city council directed scrutiny over why they were awarded. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with council member Thelma Walker about a police shooting and the death of a 107-year-old man.

Harrisburg Treatment Center
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The Arkansas Division of Youth Services is planning to stop using its Arkansas-based providers in all but one of the state's juvenile treatment centers and correctional facilities, in favor of a single company from Indiana.

At a meeting of the Children and Youth Committee on Monday, Interim Director Betty Guhman said the state will also boost its per-bed, per-day rate for juvenile offenders by 58 percent – from $147 a day to $232. State Senator Linda Chesterfield said she wants to know from where the additional funds come.

The call from Republican Senator Tom Cotton for presidential nominee Donald Trump to apologize to the family of a Muslim-American solider who died serving his country leads KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast.

We also discuss the Arkansas unemployment rate, the governor's hopes for technology companies, the abrupt resignation of ASU's chancellor and hopes from the state's fledgling Green Party.

You can listen to the podcast above or Subscribe on iTunes.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking at the FinTech Accelerator Gloval Investor Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
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The state of Arkansas is investing $1 million in discretionary funds over the next two years in a 50-50 partnership with the financial tech company FIS, to continue a program meant to bolster start-ups in the industry.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said he’ll also ask the legislature for $2 million to expand the accelerator concept to industries beyond the financial sector. He made the announcement Wednseday at FinTech’s Accelerator Global Investor Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Library.

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