Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Reporter / Anchor

Sarah Whites-Koditschek is a reporter and anchor for KUAR 89.1.

She was a production assistant and reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She also interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in Los Angeles.

Sarah is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She was a student at the Stabile Center For Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bill To Include Drones In Anti-Voyeurism Law Heads To Governor

The Arkansas Senate passed a bill Thursday to add drone surveillance to the state’s voyeurism laws. The legislation would make it illegal to use a drone to photograph or view someone underneath their clothing, or in private.  

Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, spoke in favor of the bill, which passed 27-1. He said the Arkansas State Police had issues with the original language of the bill, but that this version would not interfere with their duties.

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Local & Regional News
5:04 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Bill To Expand Felony Assault And Battery Charges To Addicted Mothers Advances

File photo of Rep. Nate Bell speaking last week before a House committee.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would define an unborn child as a person in the case felony assault and battery cases.

The new definition would allow prosecutors to try drug addicted mothers for harm against their infants. Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, sponsored the bill which he said is meant to give prosecutors extra tools.

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Local & Regional News
5:32 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Governor Proposes $64 Million Prison Expansion And Reentry Plan

Governor Asa Hutchinson presents his three part plan to address prison overcrowding.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a $64 million plan to address overcrowding at the state’s prisons. At a press conference Wednesday, Hutchinson said he would open nearly 800 prison beds, hire new probation and parole officers and create alternative sentencing and reentry programs for some of the state’s roughly 2,500 inmates held in county jails.

The governor described his plan as a mix between an investment in prison space and an effort to reduce the state’s recidivism rate of 43 percent. 

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Local & Regional News
1:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Committee Postpones Decision On Bill To End Life Prison Sentences For Minors

Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association President Larry Jegley speaks against the bill during a meeting Tuesday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

The Arkansas House Judiciary Committee postponed a decision on a bill  Tuesday that would end life sentences without parole for crimes committed by juveniles.  The bill was pulled down for amendments following nearly two hours of discussion.

House Bill 1197 would end life without parole for individuals convicted of committing murder  before the age of 18 and allows for parole eligibility after a 20 year sentence if there was no intent to murder and 28 years for an intentional killing.

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Local & Regional News
1:36 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Legislature Passes Municipal Ordinance Ban, Enhances Religious Protections

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas General Assembly passed a bill Friday that would prohibit municipal and county ordinances requiring businesses to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people.  The House also approved a bill to apply strict scrutiny standards to all religious beliefs, allowing pastors to abstain from marrying LGBT individuals if same-sex marriage is legalized in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:29 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Education Committee Advances Bills, Rejects Class-Size Increase

The Arkansas House Committee on Education voted on several bills Tuesday, including Governor Asa Hutchinson’s proposed statewide computer science class, state certification of yoga teachers schools, and expanding class sizes in public schools.

The bill bill on class sizes would have added two extra students to classrooms on a temporary basis. 

“I believe school districts are just being non compliant with (current) law. I don’t think it’s a realistic expectation they’re going to hire a school teacher seven weeks into school,” said Rep. Jim Dotson-R.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

LR Superintendent Assumes Interim Role After State Takeover Of District

Interim Superintendent Dexter Suggs speaks to reporters Thursday about the state takeover of the Little Rock School District.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Dexter Suggs has assumed his role as Interim Superintendent of the Little Rock School District following the State Board of Education’s decision to dissolve the local school board Wednesday.

In his first press conference since the state takeover, Suggs said he will move forward with plans for the district and  seek participation from those who spoke out against the state action.

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Local & Regional News
6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Board Takes Leadership Of Little Rock Schools

Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs speaks to the State Board of Education Wednesday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas State Board of Education approved a state takeover of the Little Rock School District with a five to four vote Wednesday after four hours of comments from community members overwhelmingly opposed to the takeover.

State Board member Vickie Saviers proposed the motion that leaves Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs in his job on an interim basis.

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Local & Regional News
1:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Community Members Speak Out Against State Takeover Of LRSD

Community members listen in the Willie Hinton Resource Center as others speak about a possible state takeover
Sarah Whites-Koditschek KUAR

Community members spoke against a state takeover of the Little Rock School District to a packed crowd of roughly 150 people at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center Monday night for the "Protect Our Little Rock Schools Forum," planned by Arkansas Community Organizations.

Arkansas State Board of Education Chairman Sam Ledbetter, civic leaders, and members of the Little Rock School Board attended the meeting.  The forum was held in advance of the State Board of Education’s Wednesday decision about whether to take over the LRSD because of six schools in academic distress.

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Local & Regional News
12:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Little Rock School Board Approves $375 Million Facillities Plan

The Little Rock School Board has unanimously passed a $375 million dollar facilities plan just days before the State Board of Education’s January 28th meeting on whether to take over the district.

The board passed what had been a contentious plan to build new schools in both southwest and west Little Rock, and made a renewed commitment to student equality in the district.

The Little Rock School Board approved a facilities plan last night that includes the construction of a middle school in west Little Rock and a High School in southwest Little Rock.

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