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

Ways to Connect

Governor's Conference on Tourism 2016

Arkansas's second-largest industry continues to grow and become even stronger. That according to state leaders meeting at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism.

The state's tourism revenue grew 7.7% last year.

According to the state Department of Parks and Tourism, 28 million visitors spent around $7.2 billion, and the Department says it predicts even better numbers for this year.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen
  • The governor releases a $5.3 billion budget but it's all up in the air with the issue of Medicaid expansion still unresolved.
  • Getting to the other side of the road, the replacement of the Broadway Bridge in downtown Little Rock hits a highwater snag.
  • The LRSD braces for even more charter school expansion.
Ben Fry
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. for longtime KUAR and KLRE General Manager Ben Fry, who died in his sleep early Thursday. He was 54. It will be held at St. James United Methodist Church at 321 Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock.

Entergy Arkansas says it's studying a proposal by the Sierra Club for how it could comply with federal regulations to improve visibility in national parks and wilderness areas by reducing plant emissions.

The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is known as the Regional Haze Rule.

The environmental group is proposing Entergy phase out the use of coal at the White Bluff power plant over the next nine years and at the Independence plant in Newark over the next eleven.

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.