Karen Tricot Steward

Content Development Director

As Content Development Director, Karen Tricot Steward helps with the creation of news and cultural programming and helps set standards and best practices. She manages digital content on our website and social media platforms. She also works with local program producers and people who pitch programming ideas to public radio. In addition, Karen coordinates the internship program, helping fulfill public radio’s goal of serving the community by being a place of learning.

She started at KUAR in 2001 as a news reporter. She has also served as local host and news anchor during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

For her news reporting, she has won several awards from the Arkansas Associated Press for stories on topics like the Little Rock mayoral race and Iraq war veterans in Arkansas. She also won a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting. Karen has worked at Stone Ward, an advertising agency in Little Rock, as well as for the University of Utah and the University of Iowa. Karen has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Phone: 501-569-8491

E-mail: karen@kuar.org

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It's been widely talked about: Hillary Clinton's millennial problem. Bernie Sanders carried over 80 percent of the under 30 vote in the first three primaries. And even in Arkansas, where Clinton was once First Lady, she does not appear to have a strong lead over Sanders among young people.

The Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts are all closed Friday. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is also closed, as well as Arkansas State Offices in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area for non-essential personnel.

Governor Asa Hutchinson says agency directors may implement liberal leave policies for their employees, and state employees outside of central Arkansas should check with their supervisors for closings.

Here are some other closings and delays that have been reported for Friday due to the winter weather:

The state's largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, says it is prepared to respond quickly to any trouble caused by the winter precipitation. The company and its customers are already facing power outages in various parts of the state as a result of the weather. Entergy keeps a map on its website displaying the latest outages.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department keeps the latest information on road conditions on the website idrivearkansas.com

When you are at the website, click on the snowflake icon on the right for the latest road conditions on major routes during inclement weather periods.

You'll also find live traffic updates and information on construction zones.

Now that The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates for the first time since 2006, many are left wondering how that could impact their credit card debt and other loans.

Shane Tripcony of Little Rock runs a consumer-advocacy website that aims to educate credit card users (http://www.bestprepaiddebitcards.com).

The interest rate hike was a modest .25%, but he says that still means the average consumer who has about $5,000 in debt will pay about $125 dollars more per year.

NPR Music is bringing back its Tiny Desk Contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. KUAR FM 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5 want as many Arkansans as possible to enter the national contest! 

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is inviting all unsigned artists of all genres to enter. You can enter a video anytime between Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, 2016.


The National Council of Teacher Quality gives Arkansas an overall grade of B- for the way it governs the teaching profession. Only 5 states earned higher grades.

The report credits Arkansas for meeting some of the 32 policy goals set by the organization. The state got high marks in preparation of middle and high school teachers.

The state was criticized in the area of removing ineffective teachers but praised for retaining effective ones.

Governor Hutchinson's Office via YouTube

In his first radio address of the new year, Governor Asa Hutchinson talked about issues he thinks will be key in the coming year.

"As we head into 2016, topics such as health care, highway funding and criminal justice reform will take center stage. These are critical issues, but nothing is too big for our state," said Hutchinson.

He touted his efforts to strengthen the economy, noting one achievement has been in the area of computer science education.


While the Fairgrounds Board in Nashville, Tennessee, voted last month to stop having gun shows at the fairgrounds unless sellers agree to perform tighter background checks, here in Arkansas the fairgrounds currently has no plans to change.

A gun show is taking place today and tomorrow, and state fairgrounds president Ralph Shoptaw says he does not have concerns.

Johnathan Reaves

The KUAR news staff won nine radio news awards at this year's Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association luncheon in Little Rock, including five first place honors. 

The contest is open to stations within the state that are members of the Associated Press.