Karen Tricot Steward

Content Development Director

As Content Development Director, Karen Tricot Steward helps with the creation of news and cultural programming. 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.

For her news reporting, Karen 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.





Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Museum of Discovery Educator To Be Featured On 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney, director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, will be a featured performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, May 5, at 10:30 p.m. 

Delaney will be performing three science demonstrations with Fallon as his laboratory assistant.

You may also recognize Delany as the voice of the Speaking Science spots that air on KUAR 89.1.

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Local & Regional News
1:21 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KUAR's Michael Hibblen Speaks with 'Here & Now' About Deadly Tornado in Arkansas

This photo provided by James Bryant shows tornado damage, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Mayflower, Ark.
Credit James Bryant via AP

Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

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Local & Regional News
12:23 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Search And Rescue Efforts Continue in Faulkner County

Faulkner County's attorney David Hogue

Update: Hogue says residents of Mayflower and Vilonia are now being allowed back into their towns as long as they bring a valid ID with them that proves they live there. He says the number of people confirmed dead in the county is now eleven.   

Search and rescue efforts continue in Faulkner County after last night's deadly tornadoes.

Faulkner County's attorney David Hogue says residents in Vilonia and Mayflower are not yet being allowed back into their neighborhoods.

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Local & Regional News
9:23 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Tornado Hits Arkansas Cities, Causes Multiple Fatalities and Widespread Damage

Tornado damage near Mayflower and Maumelle
Ari Sarsalari

A massive tornado Sunday night has caused multiple fatalities and severe damage in several Arkansas cities, including Mayflower and Vilonia.

According to authorities, a "mass casualty situation" is occurring in Vilonia, and at least a dozen ambulances were requested to assist in transporting the injured to hospitals. Meanwhile, the Faulkner County sheriff's office said at least six people are dead and the Pulaski County sheriff's office confirmed around 9:30 p.m. that three people are dead in the Kanis Road area. 

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Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What Survey Finds About The Economics Of Race In Pulaski County

A panel moderated by Senator Joyce Elliott discusses the economics of race at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
Credit Karen Tricot Steward / KUAR

A telephone survey of residents in Pulaski County shows whites are significantly more likely to be very satisfied with their quality of life and education level than blacks and Hispanics.

The findings are part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's annual survey on racial attitudes. This year's survey focused on economic issues.

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Local & Regional News
4:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Little Rock Man Eager To See Finish Line This Year In Boston Marathon

Jeff Glasbrenner

As the city of Boston marks the anniversary of the marathon bombings, one Little Rock man who was part of the marathon last year is eager to go back and see the finish line.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke to him by phone and has this report.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Analysis: Arkansas Supreme Court To Have Female Majority

Credit courts.arkansas.gov

Two women candidates for the state Supreme Court are running unopposed this year and when they take office next year, there will be four women on the high court.

This means the majority of the seven-member body will be female for the first time in Arkansas history.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with Theresa Beiner of UALR's Bowen School of Law about this development, and here is their conversation.

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Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Bumpers' Papers Made Available To Public

Senator Dale Bumpers, 1989.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is announcing that the papers of former U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers are being made available to researchers.

The former Arkansas governor served in the U.S. Senate from 1975 until 1999.

Timothy Nutt, head of special collections, says the papers document the Democrat's roots in Arkansas and career in the nation's capital.

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Local & Regional News
6:17 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Report: Arkansas Housing Market Struggling

The Federal Reserve’s quarterly look at economic conditions in the Little Rock zone shows 45 percent of business contacts surveyed expect employment to increase, while the remaining 55 percent predict no change.

The Burgundy Book offers a comprehensive look at the economic conditions of each of the St. Louis Fed's four zones, including Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Arkansas Forestry Commission: March Is Most Dangerous Month For Wildfires

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is asking property owners to take precautions to help prevent wildfires.

"March is by far our most dangerous wildfire month in Arkansas," says Joe Fox with the Commission.

Fox says that with milder weather, many residents may be inclined to burn trash or debris. But he notes windy conditions and low humidity could make things dangerous.

He says anyone doing outdoor burning should be extremely careful and not leave the fire unattended.

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