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

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A group rally against the bill at the Capitol today.
Nathan Vandiver

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to abortion providers, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.

The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday for the bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to abortion providers or entities that refer women to abortion providers. The proposal would not affect Medicaid money.

Planned Parenthood officials say the bill could affect doctors and entities such as rape crisis centers if they refer women to abortion providers.

KUAR's Michael Hibblen addresses issues surrounding media access to the Mayflower oil spill site and other issues in the news this week.

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.

Major pipelines of Arkansas.
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

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.

Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net has this report on a Fort Smith call center creating more than 500 jobs in Arkansas.

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.

 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.

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. 

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

http://www.faulknercounty.org/images/pdf/Mayflower_Press_Release_040213.pdf

Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

CONTACT: 703-846-4467

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013

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