Karen Tricot Steward

News and Content Manager

As News and Content Manager, Karen Tricot Steward supervises and creates news and cultural programming. She manages content on UALR Public Radio’s website and social media platforms, produces news features, and works with local program producers to ensure their programs meet standards. She also works with 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.





3:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas Spill Strengthens Arguments Of Keystone Foes

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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

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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.
11:37 am
Tue April 2, 2013

MSNBC Features Arkansas Pipeline Spill

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Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing.
Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
Mayflower Oil Spill
9:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Resident Speaks Out on Effect of Mayflower Oil Spill

A resident who lives close to the scene of the oil spill gives this account:

"I live on Highway 365, adjacent to the interstate, in Mayflower. First of all, I feel thankful that the men and women of my community, who have no special training or local oversight, were able to work together and pull resources to contain the oil. When I exited the interstate on my way home on Friday at around 3:30 pm, the oil smell came on all at once.

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4:49 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

E. coli Case Reported in Arkansas, Frozen Food Products Recalled

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A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A case of E. coli has been reported in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 15 cases of E. coli, including one in the Natural State. An investigation led officials to believe the source of the outbreak is from "Farm Rich" brand frozen food products, including chicken quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices, and several other frozen, partially cooked snacks.
Mayflower Oil Spill
2:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Group Cleans Animals After Oil Spill

A duck before her bath.
Credit HAWK Facebook Page

As cleanup efforts continue after the oil spill in Mayflower, Exxon is calling on various community groups for help.

Lynne Slater is the Executive Director of HAWK Center in Russellville. Her group is an all-volunteer organization with experience in wildlife rehabilitation. 

Slater says Exxon contacted her organization over the weekend to see if they could transport animals covered in oil to her facility for cleaning and monitoring.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
11:49 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Were You Impacted by Mayflower Oil Spill?

KUAR is looking for the stories of residents affected by the Mayflower oil spill.

Were you evacuated? Do you have friends and/or family members who were impacted?

Leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or e-mail news@ualrpublicradio.org

Education News
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Gets High Marks on Kindergarten Policy Study

Credit Flickr.com

A new study by the non-profit Education Commission of the States on state kindergarten policies finds Arkansas is ahead of the game in many areas.

The kindergarten report's findings highlight the significant diversity that exists in state kindergarten policies across states.

Two areas that were studied were whether states must offer full-day kindergarten and whether children must attend kindergarten.

Emily Workman is the study’s author.

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4:54 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Oil Spilling into Lake Conway, Neighborhood Evacuated

Murky waters on the edge of Lake Conway following today's pipeline rupture.
Credit KLRT/ Fox 16 Facebook Page

A crude oil pipeline ruptured this afternoon near Mayflower, causing oil to spill into Lake Conway.

Haz-Mat crews are on the scene near Mayflower in Faulkner County.

Brandon Morris with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says Exxon owns the pipeline.

Morris says the Haz-Mat crews are evaluating the situation, and will likely call on the Department of Environmental Quality to do an assessment of the lake and the surrounding area.

There’s no word yet on how much oil spilled or what caused the pipeline to burst.

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Arkansas Business News
2:36 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

New Technology Helps Raise Funds For Arkansas Community Projects, Businesses

Little Rock Urban Farming is trying to raise $10,000 to increase efficiency and profitability on the farm.

A new online technology is helping Arkansans fund community projects and local business efforts.

The technology is called crowdsourcing, and it’s a method in which funds for local projects are raised through a large online network of people who want the projects to be successful. Small contributions by many people end up translating into lots of money.

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