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, 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.

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Local & Regional News
4:25 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Voters Deciding If Jacksonville Forms New School District

Pulaski County Special School District
Credit www.pcssd.org / PCSSD

Voters in Jacksonville are deciding Tuesday if they want to separate from the Pulaski County Special School District and form their own district. Residents of Jacksonville were given the option of creating their own district, after a ruling in January by a federal judge ended a long-running desegregation case.

Jerry Guess, the Superintendent of the state’s third-largest school district, said Jacksonville’s schools are in “bad shape” and breaking away allows them to get state funding, otherwise unavailable.

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years Of Service

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years
Credit www.nationalservice.gov

A ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, a native Arkansan, and Governor Mike Beebe attended the commemoration and swearing-in ceremony for new AmeriCorps members.

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Local & Regional News
2:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

First Debate Between Pryor and Cotton Set For October

Pryor and Cotton Arriving at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock. Summer 2014.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

After months of debating about having debates both Republican Tom Cotton and Democrat Mark Pryor have agreed to a televised, live debate in Fayetteville October 14th. The two candidates for U.S. Senate will talk about domestic issues for one-hour from the University of Arkansas campus. There will be no discussion of foreign policy. That's something the Cotton campaign has expressed dissatisfaction with.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Legislature Weighs Human Trafficking Recommendations

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A task force on human trafficking on Wednesday walked lawmakers through 19 recommendations that it believes would help Arkansas combat the problem. Proposals include changing the way Arkansas handles undocumented immigrants, particularly children. 

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Pryor Points To Equal Pay Vote As Difference With Cotton On Women

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D)

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday on a procedural motion to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act. Most Democrats, including incumbent Senator Mark Pryor are highlighting the vote in advance of November elections as something that distinguishes themselves from Republicans.

Pryor argued the bill would help women receive equal pay.

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Local & Regional News
9:24 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Private Groups To Help Enrollment After Arkansas Lawmakers Stopped Help

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

A joint effort of non-governmental organizations under the name Arkansans For Coverage launched an effort Tuesday to help people enroll in health care plans made available through the Affordable Care Act. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is among five groups in the joint effort to assist with navigating the health insurance marketplace or exchange.

AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston said a vote by the state legislature earlier this year blocking state-funded outreach efforts makes this effort necessary.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Arkansas's Congressional Delegation Touts Loan Extension For Unpaid Farmers

Arkansas Sec. of Agriculture Butch Calhoun
Credit aad.arkansas.gov / Arkansas Agriculture Department

A government loan extension for Arkansas farmers was touted Tuesday by Arkansas’s U.S. Representatives as needed assistance after a grain firm failed to pay farmers. The United States Department of Agriculture granted a 60 day extension on Farm Service Agency Marketing Assistance Loans used by east Arkansas farmers to plant crops.

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun said the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising, a middleman for farmers and grain buyers, means farmers didn’t get the money from the grain brokerage to repay loans used in planting.

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Local & Regional News
6:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Seeking Plan To Raise Minimum Salary for Teachers

Teacher Salary Increase Options
Credit Screenshot of Bureau of Legislative Research Report / BLR

Plans to raise minimum teacher salaries by less than a few thousand dollars could cost the state between $2 million and $ 7 million dollars. The Bureau of Legislative Research presented Arkansas lawmakers Monday with several routes toward increasing the minimum pay for teachers to nearly $31,000. Currently minimum pay for a bachelor’s degree is just over $29,000.

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Local & Regional News
5:11 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Legislature Looks To Apply Charter School Practices to Public Schools

State Senator Joyce Elliott (D) stands with newly certified teachers.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas legislators are considering whether traditional public schools should be operated more like charter schools. On Monday a joint meeting of the Education committees approved conducting a study to identify best practices from charter schools that could be applied to public schools.

The publicly financed, independently run charter schools number about 40 in the state and are a growing part of the education system. State Representative Charles Armstrong proposed conducting the study.

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Local & Regional News
12:24 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Republicans Cotton and Hutchinson Back Minimum Wage Ballot Item

Republican Senator hopeful Tom Cotton says he will vote for a ballot item to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Cotton stated his position Friday morning on a conservative talk radio program.

The secretary of state’s office announced the measure would be on the ballot earlier this week. Since then Cotton and Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson said they would back the measure.

University of Arkansas Journalism Professor Hoyt Purvis contends Cotton and Hutchinson may have shifted their support because of polling.

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