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
5:11 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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Local & Regional News
8:23 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Boozman To Fight EPA Clean Air Plans Through Appropriations

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Senator John Boozman said he plans to fight back against air pollution regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Republican from Rogers spoke to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas in Little Rock Thursday praising their influence and promising to try and halt the EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emissions in the state 44 percent by 2030.

Boozman, as he has done in the past, doubted the science behind carbon emissions and pointed to economic concerns.

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Local & Regional News
8:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Arkansas Teachers' Union Supports Democratic Lt. Gov. Candidate Burkhalter

John Burkhalter (D)
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

The Arkansas Education Association, a statewide union for educators, on Thursday threw its support behind John Burkhalter, the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor’s office. The front runner in the race, Republican Tim Griffin, suggests it's an endorsement he wouldn't have wanted.

Burkhalter, formerly the state Highway Commissioner, said expanding pre-K and vocational and technical education is what he will advocate for if elected.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike Is Placed On November Ballot

Steve Copley Minimum Wage Give Arkansas A Raise Now
Credit AETN

A measure to raise the state’s minimum wage will be on the November ballot, according to an announcement from the secretary of state’s office Wednesday. The measure, if passed by voters, would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage of $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Steve Copley chairs the group that put the issue on the ballot. He said now that the measure is on the ballot it’s time for Give Arkansas A Raise Now to regroup for the general election. 

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Local & Regional News
3:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Campaign Finance Reformers Call On Pryor To Back Amendment

Senator Mark Pryor
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of people and organizations seeking to limit the role of money and special interest spending in elections turned in over 7,000 petitions to Senator Mark Pryor’s office Wednesday. The group is calling on Pryor to support a proposed constitutional amendment reforming campaign spending.

Paul Spencer, with the Arkansas campaign and ethics reform group Regnat Populus, said he’s unsure why Pryor hasn’t joined 50 other Senators supporting the proposal by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to reverse much of the US Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision.

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Local & Regional News
7:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Arkansas Lottery Collects Close To $1 Million In Unpaid Taxes And Child Support

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
Credit Arkansas Scholarship Lottery / myarkansaslottery.com

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is saying after five years of operation it’s meeting one of its lesser-known objectives: collecting unpaid taxes and child support.

Public Relations Director Patrick Ralston said the lottery has recouped nearly $1 million as part of an often overlooked part of the law which created the lottery.

“One of the lesser known provisions of that act requires that the lottery cooperate in identifying debtors who owe money to the state, specifically prize winners with unpaid state taxes or child support payments,” said Ralston.

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Activists Want To Make Abortion A Major Issue In Pryor/Cotton Senate Race

Josh Duggar, executive director of Family Research Council Action, speaks at Friday's rally in the Arkansas state Capitol rotunda.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of abortion opponents gathered at the Capitol Friday to call on Democratic Senator Mark Pryor to support a congressional effort to ban the procedure at 20 weeks. Local organizers and campaign workers with Pryor’s senate opponent, Republican Tom Cotton, were joined by a national organization in Arkansas to influence the upcoming election.

Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman with Women Speak Out PAC, said abortion is an issue that needs to be at the forefront.

“We have a really important opportunity to replace Mark Pryor with a pro-life Senator,” said Quigley.

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Local & Regional News
3:19 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senator Pryor Defends Campaign Ad Invoking Ebola And Criticizes Cotton

Senator Mark Pryor during a press conference Wednesday in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor continued to attack Republican challenger Tom Cotton Wednesday over votes on emergency and disaster relief. This week Pryor’s campaign launched a television advertisement criticizing a vote Cotton made against pandemic preparedness and how it relates to Ebola.

At his campaign headquarters in Little Rock Pryor said that while Cotton’s campaign has been making light of the ad, votes on pandemics such as Ebola, are important.

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Local & Regional News
8:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Attorney General Looking At Next Steps In Latino Housing Discrimination Case

The Waterford apartment complex in Little Rock.
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The Arkansas Attorney General’s office said Tuesday they are evaluating whether to proceed after the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission recently determined there is reasonable cause to believe Latinos are being discriminated against at a west Little Rock apartment complex.

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