Karen Tricot Steward

Content Development Director

As Content Development Director, Karen Tricot Steward oversees the creation of news and cultural programming and helps set standards and best practices. She manages content on our website and social media. Karen also coordinates the internship program and collaborates with journalism professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to teach students, 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 for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

For her news reporting, she has received 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 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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Governor Asa Hutchinson is announcing the completion of a year-long, $1.2 million digital mapping project.

He says the system will allow emergency responders to have more up-to-date information and that it will allow the state to be competitive in economic development.

In a news release, the governor said the state now has a detailed map of expanding infrastructure.

The digital maps were produced by Arkansas Geographic Information Systems and are available to the public at gis.arkansas.gov.

As the Salvation Army holds its largest fundraiser of the year, known as the Red Kettle Campaign, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army of Central Arkansas says the holiday bell-ringing tradition remains effective, despite many consumers carrying less cash.

Michelle Scroggins, director of community relations, says they haven't been seeing a negative impact on donations locally. In other parts of the country, donations to red kettle campaigns have declined.

KUAR 89.1 and Arkansas Public Media won fourteen Diamond Journalism Awards, a regional competition sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. This year’s competition was judged by journalists from the Florida Pro Chapter of SPJ.

A high school student participates in early college
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A national study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University reports that programs in Arkansas that let high school students take college-level classes through their local community college appear to be doing a good job of benefiting people of all incomes.

An official with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education told lawmakers Thursday the department is moving ahead with forming procedures to try to address sexual assault on college campuses.

The Department is approaching a November 3 deadline to create a plan for preventing sexual assault and for providing more comprehensive education on how sexual assault is legally defined.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock continues to move forward with exploring the idea of starting a football program, as well as a marching band.

The University says in a statement that it has selected the firm Convention Sports & Leisure of Plano, Texas, to conduct a football and marching band feasibility study.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether a football program and marching band would be a "fiscal and meaningful addition" to UA Little Rock and the central Arkansas community.

Former state Senator Jim Argue
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Almost two decades ago, the Arkansas legislature passed a law allowing open-enrollment charter schools to be created. Today, a co-author of that original law says some aspects of these publicly-funded but privately-managed schools are making him nervous and uncomfortable. 

In 1999, former state Senator Jim Argue, a Democrat who once chaired the Senate Education Committee, had been in the legislature for eight years. He says he was growing increasingly discouraged about trying to better education.

In 1919, this ring of holly trees was planted as a living memorial to honor Henderson students and a teacher killed during World War I.
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A new effort aims to provide a living memorial to the Arkansans who died during World War I.

A memorial tree project is underway by the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee in partnership with the state Forestry Commission. The goal is to place a tree in every county in Arkansas.

Students from the Clinton School Class of 2019 have compiled a list of books they recommend. More than half of the book recommendations from the Class of 2019 are nonfiction. Nearly a third were written by women.

The books range in date from Meno, written by Plato in the third century B.C., to Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, released in November 2016.

Recommended Reading From The Class of 2019

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Salina Adolph

The latest numbers from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show Arkansas had the second-highest opioid prescribing rate in the nation in 2016, after Alabama. There are enough painkiller prescriptions being filled for every Arkansan to have a bottle.

The rates reflect the number of initial and refill prescriptions dispensed per 100 people at retail (non-hospital) pharmacies, which represent 88% of prescriptions in the United States. For Arkansas, the rate is 114.6.

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