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

The police shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to spark conversations in many communities around the nation, and that includes a forum in Little Rock tonight.

UALR will host a panel discussion featuring leaders from the city, university, and religious community.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Twyman, the director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The Arkansas Press Association has a live web stream of appearances by candidates for statewide office at its annual convention, happening today in Hot Springs.

Schedule: Candidates for lieutenant governor will appear at 9 a.m.; Attorney general at 10:30 a.m.; Governor at noon.

Business and agriculture leaders in the state are touting new poll results showing 66 percent of likely Arkansas voters favor granting legal status of some kind to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The poll's release is part of a national day of action today in favor of immigration reform.

Hibernating bats showing signs of white nose syndrome.
Al Hicks/New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation

The U.S. Forest Service in the southern region is announcing that it's extending a closure order for all caves and mines on its lands for another five years.

The Forest Service says keeping the caves and mines closed to the public until 2019 will help prevent the human spread of white-nose syndrome. That's the devastating infection that is decimating bat colonies and is caused by an invasive fungus that grows in caves.

The Forest Service says the five-year closure period should allow scientists to continue to work on potential solutions to the spread of the disease.

Arkansas is one of three states facing a lawsuit over the licensing requirements for African-style hair braiding.

The Virginia-based Institute for Justice has filed the lawsuit, saying the requirement that hair braiders get cosmetology licenses to practice is unjust and unreasonable.

Attorney Paul Avelar with the Institute says cosmetology courses violate a hair braider's right to economic freedom because it requires spending thousands of dollars on schooling that does not teach braiding or test on it.

Entergy Arkansas crews prepare to assist with power restoration.
Entergy Arkansas Twitter Feed

Update: About 34,000 customers are without power at 5:53 p.m. About 12,000 of those are in Pulaski County. 

Entergy Arkansas reports that the latest round of storms has left about 44,000 of its customers without power throughout the state.

Spokesman David Lewis said the company has called in several hundred extra workers to assist with restoring power. He says many of those outages are in Little Rock.

Executive Director of Our House, Georgia Mjartan
Colleen Mayo

Our House, an organization in central Arkansas that helps the homeless with housing, job training, and youth programs, is celebrating the opening of its new Children's Center. 

Staff there say the new center will allow the organization to serve three times the number of children currently in its programs.

With a grand opening celebration set for Saturday and more than 525 people on the RSVP list, the staff at Our House is enthusiastic about the Children's Center that's been a year in the making.

Three police departments in central Arkansas are announcing the launch of mobile applications that citizens can download to fight crime in their communities and stay up-to-date on the latest notifications from law enforcement.

The Jacksonville, North Little Rock, and Benton Police Departments are each releasing their own app that they say will help them quickly relay pertinent crime reports and notifications of hazardous situations.

The head of the Poultry Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying that his industry is currently struggling to find workers.

Marvin Childers said that without reform, the price of food is sure to skyrocket.

“If we don't do something, we're going to drive the price of food completely out of reason for Arkansans and Americans,” said Childers. “We need employees. We need to find a way to make certain that the people that are here that we get them on some path to citizenship.”

It was just last month that Maya Angelou was unable to come to Arkansas because of health problems that left her hospitalized. She had been scheduled to make an appearance in Fayetteville on April 11. 

Her well-written cancellation letter to the Fayetteville Public Library addressed what Arkansas meant to her:

Dear Fayetteville Public Library, Arkansas Family and Friends,