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
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ross & Hutchinson Seek Support Of Arkansas African-American Communities

With less than a week before Election Day gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both campaigned in Little Rock Wednesday and stressed the importance of Arkansas’s African-American vote.

Ross contended his support for expanded pre-K and a higher minimum wage as well as his opposition to the recently struck down Voter ID law would benefit the black community. At his campaign headquarters Ross also received the support of the entire Legislative Black Caucus.

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Local & Regional News
5:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Opposes Ballot Issue 1

Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Credit www.arkansaswildlifefederation.org/ / AWF

One of Arkansas’s most established conservation organizations, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, announced Tuesday it is opposed to Ballot Initiative #1. If passed by voters the constitutional amendment would require rules and regulations issued by state agencies to be approved by the state legislature.

Ellen McNulty, the President of the Arkansas Wildlife Foundation, said politicizing state agencies is a bad idea.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Control Of Arkansas's Legislature Is Likely To Come Down To A Handful Of Races

John Adams and Jim Sorvillo Greet Each Other At Guillermo's
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

With all the talk of the Senate and Governor’s races in Arkansas it’s easy to overlook the 38 contested races for the state House of Representatives. Republicans hold a slim majority in the Arkansas House, in fact it’s the narrowest in the nation. One race in Little Rock, like the other 37, could become the deciding vote in the state legislature.

Jim Sorvillo has been stopping for coffee at Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds in his state House district in west Little Rock for several years now.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Open-Enrollment For Healthcare Nearing, Rep. Far-off On Number Of Providers

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas legislators were briefed Thursday in advance of open-enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which becomes available on November 15th. 200,000 plus people in the private option and nearly 40,000 people earning above 138 percent of the poverty level using the exchange will be able to re-enroll. Enrollment will also be available to those who are not already participating in the healthcare exchange

Cindy Crone with the Arkansas Insurance Department says consumers should update their information on healthcare.gov.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Democrats Make Their Case As Day One Of Early Voting Surpasses 2010 Midterm

Americans United For Change's Bus Tour Stopped In NLR For The Pryor/Hays Event.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Early voting continues statewide and campaigns are focused on getting people to the polls who typically only cast ballots during presidential elections. Monday, the first day of early voting, over 24,000 votes were cast according to the Associated Press. That total exceeded the last midterm by over 3,000 votes but fell well short of 2012’s general election total.

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Local & Regional News
6:39 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arkansas Governor Candidates React To Voter ID Ruling

A week of debates hosted by AETN continued Thursday with Arkansas’s gubernatorial candidates. Wednesday’s Arkansas Supreme Court decision, striking down the voter ID law, was addressed by Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Joshua Drake. Ross said he thought the ID requirement was unconstitutional and invoked Governor Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sec. of State Debate Focuses on Martin's Absence and Voter ID

Candidates for Secretary of State debated on AETN Wednesday just hours before the Arkansas Supreme Court announced they struck down the state’s Voter ID law. The current Secretary of State, Republican Mark Martin, did not attend but Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Jacob Holloway went head to head for an hour. Both candidates noted Martin’s absence.

Holloway, the Libertarian, said debating is an honor and suggested Martin didn’t want to stand up to public scrutiny.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Debate For Attorney General Focuses on Scandals and Priorities

Campaign controversies at the center of the attorney general’s race permeated Wednesday’s debate on AETN between Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel, and Libertarian Aaron Cash. Rutledge responded to criticism she received after it was discovered her former employer, the Department of Human Services, put a “do not hire” on her record.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidates Differ Over Role of Government

Candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Senate challenger Tom Cotton presented starkly different governing philosophies at a debate Tuesday hosted by AETN. The rural 4th district contains much of south and west Arkansas and stretches far into the northwest part of the state.

In closing remarks, Republican State Representative Bruce Westerman identified removing unwanted federal laws as a fundamental theme at the center of his beliefs.

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Local & Regional News
4:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Study Finds Same-Sex Marriage Has Positive Economic Impact

Couples lining up in Eureka Springs to marry during a brief window allowing same-sex couples to wed in May.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Research out of the UCLA School of Law Tuesday finds ending Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage could lead to an economic boost amounting to over $13 million of spending over three years. The study focuses on the direct impact to wedding services by comparing same-sex marriage rates in states where it is legal to the number of same-sex couples in Arkansas.

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