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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KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kauffman talk about the top stories heading into the holiday weekend.

They discuss a decision by a Pulaski County Judge over same-sex couples being listed on Arkansas birth certificates, what's expected by Arkansas retailers during the coming shopping season, and the arrival  in North Little Rock of the Hoga, a tugboat present at Pearl Harbor when Japan attacked the U.S. 74 years ago.

File photo: Attorney Cheryl Maples.

A same-sex couple seeking to amend their child’s birth certificate to include the non-biological mother has been denied by the Arkansas Department of Health despite a judge’s order. Following Monday's request to change documentation the attorney general's office filed a request for a stay on Tuesday with a notification of intent to appeal.

Just hours after Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox’s decision on Monday Marissa Pavan went with her spouse and attorney Cheryl Maples to the state’s vital records office.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox on Monday said three same-sex couples can ask the Arkansas Department of Health to change their children’s birth certificates to reflect both spouses’ names. A suit was brought in June following the US Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with the former Dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law, Professor John DiPippa, about the rights of non-biological parents.

KAUFFMAN: How does this tie into the benefits granted by the US Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage?

A map of ISIS controlled territory in Syria ad Iraq. Conflicts within both countries include other factions as well.

Both candidates in the Arkansas Republican primary for US Senate back a bill temporarily stopping the US taking in Syrian and Iraqi refugees while an additional layer of vetting is implemented. Businessman Curtis Coleman and Senator John Boozman support more refugee scrutiny but are unsure of how many asylum seekers to admit once the new inspection process is underway. Both spoke with KUAR following last week’s House vote on the SAFE Act. It’s now headed to the Senate.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

On this edition of the Week In Review podcast:

Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Congressional delegation weigh in on Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Department of Humans Services officials tell lawmakers the shortage of foster homes in the state is becoming worse.

A group charged with finding funding for highways in Arkansas inches closer to final recommendations. The governor suggests three of four are dead on arrival (no new taxes).

The Arkansas unemployment continued to tick down in October falling to 5.1 percent. It marks the fifth straight month of a declining unemployment rate according to information released by the Department of Workforce Services on Friday. It sits just above the national average of 5 percent.

Chief Economist and Economic Forecaster Michael Pakko at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said the state’s economy has continued to improve since October of last year when unemployment was at 5.7 percent.

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

Arkansas's all-Republican US House delegation voted for the nation to temporarily stop taking in Syrian and Iraqi refugees while expanding the vetting process. Central Arkansas Congressman French Hill talked about his vote with KUAR.

Democratic Presidential candidates at a November debate. Martin O'Malley (right), Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders.

Arkansas will soon have a second major Democratic presidential candidate visit the state. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is making a stop at a residence in Little Rock’s affluent Heights neighborhood December 4th. A private and public reception are being hosted at 5101 Hawthorne Road.

O’Malley consistently tracks third in the Democratic primary. A Real Clear Politics polling average from 10/29-11/17 measures his support at 3.6 percent.

File photo: Then U.S. Representative Tom Cotton (R-4th District) at the Clinton School of Public Service (2013).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An Arkansas U.S. Senator primarily known for foreign policy is proposing changes to Social Security’s disability program. Sen. Tom Cotton detailed new legislation Monday at a forum held by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation intended to reduce the number of disability beneficiaries.

He contended the number of people on disability in “greater Appalachia” is at a “tipping point” that contributes to a general decline in rural America.