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 for 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

Ways to Connect

Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, reflects on the influence Mandela had on his life in this essay:

As a lawyer and activist, Nelson Mandela, the first democratically-elected president of South Africa spent almost his entire life fighting against injustice in his country. During 27 years of imprisonment, he continued to influence people all across the world with his message of equality. His message was heard loud and clear in American, the South; and it had a huge impact on the views of the youth of my generation – especially me.

Photo courtesy of Mayibuye/Robben Island

KUAR will air Mandela: An Audio History on Wednesday, December 11, at 9 p.m.

The hour-long special radio program tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with and against him.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the program weaves together first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings.

Arkansas Nuclear One

Entergy Arkansas says the fire that was contained and extinguished this morning at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville was the result of a transformer failure.

"The fire was in a non-nuclear area of the plant. The transformer is in an outside switchyard," says Entergy spokesman Mike Bowling.

Bowling says no injuries were reported and there were no threats to public health or safety resulting from the transformer failure and fire.

He says it took about an hour to extinguish the blaze.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) says normal bus routes will run today, as well as River Rail service, but not express routes.

Express Routes 19 Hensley Express, 25 Pinnacle Mountain Express, 26 Maumelle/Oak Grove Express, and 36 Jacksonville/Sherwood Express have been canceled.

CATA posts updates on its Facebook page.

Forecasters upgraded parts of Arkansas to a winter storm warning, predicting that snow, sleet and freezing rain will fall Thursday and Friday.

Travel is expected to become difficult or impossible throughout the state.

Here are the details of the winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service:



Data shows Arkansans are pretty good at keeping their cursing to a minimum and saying “please” and “thank you.”

That’s based on research examining phone calls placed by consumers from various states to businesses across 30 different industries.

Find out more about the states that are most and least likely to curse and those that tend to be very courteous in an article in The Atlantic.

Make Your Giving Tuesday Contribution Now

Black Friday... Cyber Monday... now it's Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations, like your public radio stations in central Arkansas. 

It's a national day of contributing to organizations that serve our communities all year long. 

The Little Rock Police Department says in the six months that a network of cameras have been deployed throughout the capital city, more criminals are being caught.

The Big Dam Bridge has been an area with a high number of car break-ins, and Lieutenant Casey Clark notes the cameras have helped the department catch at least 10 car burglars.

Lt. Clark says that in the River Market area, where 18 cameras are in use, car break-ins have drastically decreased.

Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission are announcing an initiative they say will show that Arkansas has the capability for rapid expansion and large-scale industrial development.

It's being called the "Advance Arkansas Site" initiative and state leaders say it will better position the state to compete for projects requiring large acreage.

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we examine various Arkansans who were part of the events that happened that day. It's the topic of a story that reporter Evin Demirel has compiled for the Arkansas Times.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with Demirel on Morning Edition.

Featured Arkansans include: