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
6:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Date Set for ExxonMobil/Mayflower Lawsuit

McDaniel at Mayflower Oil Spill
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge Thursday set a trial date for a lawsuit about the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

U.S. District Judge James Moody scheduled a pre-trial conference with the state of Arkansas, federal proseuctors, and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for Feb. 23, 2015. The trial is expected to begin the following day.

Moody also set deadlines for an array of motions and reports to be filed in advance of the trial. The lawsuit filed jointly by federal prosecutors and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seeks civil penalties against ExxonMobil.

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Clemmer Announces Congressional Run, Talks Private Option Delay

Ann Clemmer in the Old Supreme Court at the Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Clemmer's Full Remarks at the Bottom of the Page

The congressional field vying for the Republican nomination, to fill Tim Griffin’s seat, widened Wednesday with State Representative Ann Clemmer officially entering the race. Clemmer, of Benton, styled herself as a candidate willing to fight through vetoes as she did in the legislative session to help pass a Voter ID law and greater restrictions on abortion.

However, Clemmer took a different tone when asked about the recent government shutdown.

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Local & Regional News
4:10 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Beebe On Next Steps for School Employee Insurance

Gov. Mike Beebe (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe on Monday signed bills passed over the weekend, in a special session, which partially reduce a rise in public school employee insurance premiums. The session was called to address both short and long-term fixes but some of the reforms have yet to be crafted. A task force will study the issue further in the coming months.

Ongoing funding to mitigate premium increases will partially come from school facility and teacher development funds. But Beebe said that’s just one part of a more permanent fix.

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Local & Regional News
3:55 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Arkansas Hearing on Marlboro Lights Set to Begin After a Decade of Delay

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A lawsuit filed a decade ago against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA is set to have its second hearing Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman has details. 

The hearing, delayed for years over jurisdictional questions, is set to determine whether or not allegations against the tobacco company can be considered a class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period.

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Local & Regional News
3:35 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Beebe: Votes Short For Arkansas Teacher Insurance Fix

Gov. Beebe speaking to reporters at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe says for now he won’t call a special session of the legislature to address a 50 percent hike in public school employee insurance premiums. As KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports Beebe says the votes from legislators just weren’t there.

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Local & Regional News
4:31 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Underway

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The 22nd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival began last weekend and runs through this Sunday. A number of award winning filmmakers will be in attendance as well as sports celebrities like Jose Conseco.

In recent years the festival has been encumbered with debt but festival chair Susan Altrui said that’s been turned around this year.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Farm Bill Worries Mount as Arkansas Farmers Try to Make Plans

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The government shutdown is not the only federal source of delay and insecurity facing Arkansans. The farm bill expired on October 1st but it took until last weekend to appoint conferees to begin reconciling the Senate and House versions of the legislation. The House bill removes funding for food assistance for low income people and is a major point of contention.

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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Case of Arkansas Power Grid Saboteur

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Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more. 

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.

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Local & Regional News
10:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Open Carry Legal in Arkansas? Depends On Who You Ask.

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
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Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law. 

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

UALR Offers Land For Tech Park Without Eminent Domain

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson
Credit KUAR

A nearly 22 acre site adjacent to UALR was formally recommended to the Little Rock Technology Park Board by an advisory board Tuesday. The Oak Forest site, as it is known, has 56 residences of which UALR owns nearly half.

Chancellor Joel Anderson said the reasons for proximity to research institutions like UALR or UAMS has been overlooked.

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