Karen Tricot Steward

Content Development Director

As Content Development Director, Karen Tricot Steward oversees the creation of news and cultural programming and helps set standards and best practices. She manages content on our website and social media. Karen also coordinates the internship program and collaborates with journalism professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to teach students, 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 for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

For her news reporting, she has received 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 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

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


David Sedaris will appear at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock for one night only: Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m.  

State Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock).
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Little Rock Police are apologizing and dropping the misdemeanor charge against Democratic state representative and civil rights attorney John Walker. He was taken into custody Monday for filming a traffic stop and refusing to leave the scene

Chief of Police Kent Buckner now says Walker never should have been arrested.

You may be familiar with TED Talks, perhaps through tuning into the TED Radio Hour on KUAR.

TED Talks showcase speakers presenting ideas that aim to challenge our beliefs and perspectives in various disciplines. Throughout the country, cities are hosting their own, independent TED events featuring speakers from their community, known as TEDx events.

We're excited about programming changes coming to KUAR 89.1 this fall! If you like ground-breaking storytelling and expanded local content, we think you'll be enthusiastic about these changes, too.

Adam Simon (on the left)
Anna Conard / KUAR

This election season, NPR and KUAR are asking: What would a better life look like in your community, and what do you hope politicians can do to help? KUAR's Adam Simon and Anna Conard set out to see what some Arkansans had to say about it. They then sat down with KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward for a debrief.

Interview transcription and photos:

Karen: Adam and Anna, welcome.

Adam & Anna: Thank You. Great to Be Here.


University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt announced today that he will recommend Andrew Rogerson, Ph.D., to the UA Board of Trustees as the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Bobbitt’s recommendation to the UA Board of Trustees will be considered at its next regularly scheduled meeting May 25-26 at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas.

In its public announcement the University said:


A revised version of a publicity rights bill backed by the family of legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles that was vetoed last year has won initial approval from the state Legislature.

The House and Senate today approved identical versions of the proposal designed to protect a person's likeness from being used for commercial purposes without their permission.. Gov. Asa Hutchinson last year had vetoed a version of the bill over concerns that it would infringe on First Amendment rights.


The investment in south Arkansas by one of China's largest private companies, Sun Paper, is considered a win by state economic development officials. However, some have concerns about the implications of the country's manufacturing practices and what it will mean for workers at the new bio-products mill near Arkadelphia.