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 Morning Edition Monday through Friday. 

Jacob is a long-time Little Rock resident who started out working with Hendrix College's KHDX and the Arkansas Legislative Digest. His work has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, our other wonderful public radio stations across Arkansas, PBS News Hour, BBC Radio, 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 served 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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The Little Rock Film Festival enters its seventh year this week. Viewers, critics, and directors will descend onto Main Street for over one hundred films, panels, and events from May 15th to 19th. 

Justin Nickels (note: not Nichols), a programmer with the festival says the festival dates are especially advantageous to Arkansans wishing to preview films before they reach wider audiences,

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke as commencement speaker to the 34 student graduating class from the University of Arkansas - Clinton School of Public Service. Emanuel is most noted for his time as White House Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and as a senior advisor to President Clinton.

Emanuel opened his remarks by saying, "Let's be honest, it was a bit of a culture shock when I came down here to the people of Little Rock. They sent a Jewish kid from Chicago who danced ballet to a place where everyone loved razorback hogs."


A public meeting is set for Wednesday night to discuss a hog farming operation located in the Buffalo National River Watershed.  There are already some 800 animals at the C & H Hog Farm, but a permit allows the company to expand that to 6,500, which has many upset at the possibility of the operation polluting the nearby river.

The operation will be nearly three times as large as any other hog farm in the area. There are currently four other hog farms and two dairy farms in the Buffalo River Watershed.

Peter Sagal

To mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, a new public television series featuring NPR host Peter Sagal will debut Tuesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. on AETN.

To celebrate the series, KUAR's Jacob Kauffman interviewed Sagal, starting with a special Arkansas news quiz he made for Sagal with a Constitutional bend. 


A discussion and film series on the sustainable agriculture practice known as permaculture is underway at the Main Library in Little Rock. The series is led by Anita Budhraja, who is with the environmental group Transition Central Arkansas. 

Budhraja says she thinks that permaculture is less labor intensive and easier on the land. The practice emphasizes organizing a garden by utilizing advantages in the natural landscape rather than human constructs.


The C-SPAN bus is rolling into Little Rock this Friday and Saturday. It is promoting educational resources and the new original series First Ladies: Influence and Image

C-SPAN Marketing Representative Jessica Lindquist says the series will move beyond traditional depictions and highlight the political influence of First Ladies. 


Eight students are in area hospitals with minor injuries after two school buses from Batesville collided Tuesday in North Little Rock.

They were on their way to a field trip at the State Capitol when one bus slowed for traffic and the bus behind it failed to stop.

The Arkansas State Police are handling the incident.  Batesville Superintendent Randy Willison has kept families informed.


After nearly twenty years of vacancy the port at Helena is getting its first tenant, Enviro Tech Chemical Solutions. Improvements over the last decade, including rail lines, pipelines, and a crane have kept the port working in the absence of a permanent business. State Representative John Edwards attributes the port’s recent success to government involvement and personal leadership.


Next month leaders of the Boy Scouts of America plan to vote on a resolution lifting their ban on gay youth participation in scouts. The resolution would keep sexual orientation barriers in place for leadership and volunteer positions.

Assistant Scout Executive Christian Swaim represents the WestArk Area Council and believes the area supports the current ban.


Since the oil spill in Mayflower, official studies have shown an absence of tar sands oil in Lake Conway, but an independent study shows otherwise.