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
3:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Central Arkansas Police Departments Launch Apps To Keep Citizens Updated

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.

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Struggling To Find Workers, Poultry Industry Calls For Immigration Reform

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods poultry house in Washington County, Ark.

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.”

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Local & Regional News
11:58 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou's Comments About Arkansas Last Month

Maya Angelou in 2002.

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,

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Local & Regional News
4:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Same-Sex Spouse Insurance On Hold In University of Arkansas System

Employees of the University of Arkansas system received notice last week that those who are married to spouses of the same-sex may now add their spouses to their insurance coverage. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of Judge Chris Piazza's same-sex marriage ruling has changed that.

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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

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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