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.





Mayflower Oil Spill
5:34 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

First Lawsuit Filed Over Mayflower Oil Spill

The first lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court over the Mayflower oil spill that occurred one week ago today.

The 16-page lawsuit seeks 5-million dollars in damages and was filed by two women who are live in the neighborhood where the oil spill occurred.

The lawsuit was filed by themselves and “all other similarly situated, to obtain monetary relief.”

The case has been assigned to District Judge Brian Miller and Magistrate Jerome Kearney.

Mayflower Oil Spill
4:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What Does the Mayflower Oil Spill Mean For Central Arkansas’ Drinking Water?

Major pipelines of Arkansas.
Credit Arkansas Geological Commission

Many residents in central Arkansas have been concerned after hearing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announce there is oil in Lake Conway as a result of the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

One of the many questions this raises is, “What does this mean for our drinking water supply?” 

John Tynan is Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water, which provides drinking water for about 400,000 people in area.

“We have two sources of [water] supply: Lake Maumelle and Lake Winona. Lake Conway, which is

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Arkansas Travs Cancel Tonight's Season Opener

The Arkansas Travelers have canceled tonight's home opener at Dickey Stephens Park because of weather.

A double header is scheduled for tomorrow. First pitch is tomorrow at 6:10 p.m.

4:53 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

HMA Center To Bring 500 Jobs To Fort Smith

Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net has this report on a Fort Smith call center creating more than 500 jobs in Arkansas.
Health Management Associates (HMA) will operate a regional service center in Fort Smith that will employ more than 500 with average annual salaries potentially exceeding $40,000. It's just what the doctor ordered for a regional economy that has seen better days.
Arkansas Oil Spill
2:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

ADEQ Posts Air Quality Readings From Oil Spill Site Online; EPA Posts Photos

Hazmat workers clean oil spill less than 100 meters from an open Subway restaurant.

A press release from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says the following:

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is posting air quality monitoring data from the site of the March 29 ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Mayflower on the agency’s public website.

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Oil Spill
7:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Media Faces Barriers Covering Arkansas Oil Spill

Photo taken shortly before media was told to leave the site of the Mayflower oil spill.

 The news media in Arkansas is finding it harder to cover the Mayflower oil spill. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill site.

KUAR News contacted an FAA spokesman about the restrictions. He did not want his comments recorded but said the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft.

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Oil Spill
1:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

FAA Sets Flight Restrictions Over Arkansas Oil Spill Site

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill site.

According to FAA.gov, no pilots are to operate any aircraft over the area.

The restrictions are effective "until further notice," according to the website.

Click here to see details of the notice.

An FAA spokesman says the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft. 

Oil Spill
6:51 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Update on Cleanup in Mayflower

Here is a press release from Exxon, Faulkner County, and the city of Mayflower on cleanup efforts:


Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

CONTACT: 703-846-4467

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013

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3:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Spill Strengthens Arguments Of Keystone Foes

An Arkansas pipeline spill that coated streets and lawns with a smelly, asphalt-like crude oil provides opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline with new ammunition to combat the project.
Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured on Friday causing the evacuation of about two dozen homes.
1:04 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Energy Reporter For Bloomberg News Provides Analysis on Oil Spill

Brad Olson, energy reporter for Bloomberg News, gives analysis of Arkansas oil spill.
The Arkansas attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of an oil spill after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also is asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.