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.





4:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas Education Officials Announce Program To Increase Higher Ed Degrees

Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.

Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.

The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.

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4:05 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Little Rock School Board President Enters Arkansas Lt. Governor Race

Dianne Curry

A second Democrat also entered the race for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor today: Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry.

If elected, the 59-year-old would be the first woman to serve in that post and the first African-American elected to statewide office. Curry says it’s time for more women, minorities, and working class people to be in state government.

She says she will focus on education, the workforce, the economy, and issues surrounding the health of Arkansans.  

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Mayflower Oil Spill
10:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Against Exxon Claims Company Knowingly Concealed Pipeline Defects

Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., on March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil was shut off after it ruptured March 29, causing an evacuation of 22 homes.
Credit npr.org (Jacob Slaton/Reuters/Landov)

A lawsuit has been filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Company, and the planners and developers of the Mayflower subdivision where a pipeline ruptured and spilled almost 150,000 gallons of oil into a neighborhood on March 29, 2013.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of Mayflower residents affected by the oil spill. 

Claims made in the lawsuit include:

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Economic Development
4:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Little Rock Jet Facility Announces $60 Million Expansion

Officials with Dassault Falcon Jet say the company will invest $60 million to expand its Little Rock jet completion center over the next three years.

President and CEO John Rosanvallon calls it the next big step in the company's presence in Arkansas's capital city.

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Arkansas Water Plan Meetings
3:57 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Arkansas Water Plan Meetings Set For June

Credit Arkansas Water Plan

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is scheduling a series of public meetings throughout the month of June that will allow Arkansans to ask questions and make comments on updating the Arkansas Water Plan.

Edward Swaim with the Commission says the plan is about identifying what the state's water resources are, what the water needs are, and where programs or policies need to be implemented to best manage water resources.

Swaim says this is the second of four rounds of public meetings.

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9:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Arkansas Author Helps Parents Make Play Time Educational, Musical

Author and music teacher Amy Au with her daughter.

With research drawing positive associations between music lessons and IQ, many new parents may wonder how they can encourage their young one’s experiences with the arts more effectively.

One Little Rock author has come out with a children’s book she hopes will help parents bring their child’s early educational experiences to life.

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11:05 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Historic May Snowfall in Northwest Arkansas

Razorback statue decked in snow the morning of Friday, May 3, 2013, in Madison County, Arkansas. It's the first recorded May snow in Arkansas.
Credit U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Darrin Henderson

The first recorded snowfall in Arkansas in the month of May has covered the ground in at least five counties.

Snow began falling in the overnight hours in the northwestern portion of the state.

It's still possible central Arkansas could see some light snowfall or a mix on Saturday.

The latest accumulating snow for Little Rock on record is 0.8 inch on March 30, 1987.

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Gun Control Legislation
4:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Pryor Defends Vote After Criticism from Gun Control Groups, Arkansan with Sandy Hook Ties

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
Credit AP/Photo

Listen to the report.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is defending his vote last week on gun legislation.

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Special Programming
4:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Celebrating the Day of Shakespeare's Birth

William Shakespeare

We bring you special programming in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) with poetry, music, and hopefully information about Shakespeare and the significance of this day in literary history that you didn’t already know.

The program is hosted by J. Bradley Minnick of the UALR English Department with special guests Frank Thurmond of UALR and local author Sam Brown.  

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It's Our Spring Fund Drive!
8:21 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Why Does Hot Dog Mike Love Public Radio?

Mike Juliano

Michael Juiliano – aka Hot Dog Mike – has returned to Little Rock and will be helping raise money for public radio on Tuesday, April 23, during our spring fund drive.

We hope you will make a donation online or by calling 501-569-8485 or 1-800-952-2528!

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