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
9:54 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Interview With Jerry Guess On Unitary Status For Pulaski County Special School District

The Pulaski County Special School District is working towards achieving unitary status to be released from a 1989 desegregation lawsuit. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled the district had achieved the status in one area, special education.

District Superintendent Jerry Guess said in an interview he hopes to address five additional areas.

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Local & Regional News
12:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Consultants Say Private Companies Best Providers For Public School Internet Access

Consultants from CT&T told state lawmakers in the Joint Committee on Education Wednesday it may not be necessary to make legal changes to allow public schools to access internet through the Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network, or ARE-ON, which is currently used by public universities.

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Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Lawmakers Question $4M Paid For Defunct Program

Lawmakers are questioning the cost and functionality of a database for the disabled awaiting community based care.  As of this month, there are an estimated roughly 3,100 Arkansans on a waiting list to get community based care.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Interview With Lawyer Phillip Kaplan On Police Immunity In Ellison Case

Sarah Whites-Koditschek: Can you give me an overview of what the judges in the 8th Circuit would have heard last week in terms of qualified immunity and whether the police officers in this case should stand trial?

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Local & Regional News
5:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

State Supreme Court Deliberates On Same-Sex Marriage

Arkansas’s State Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision on the constitutionality of the state’s ban against same-sex marriage. While the state's highest court typically issues rulings on Thursdays, it is unclear when this decision will be made.

U.S. Federal Judge Kristine Baker ruled last month the U.S. Constitution does include a fundamental right for same-sex couples. She stayed her decision pending a possible appeal to the 8th Circuit Court.

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Local & Regional News
3:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Federal Grant Expands Pre-K Funding For Over 2,000 More Kids

Advocates for pre-K in Arkansas are still pushing for a cost of living increase despite the announcement of nearly $15 million  in new federal funds over four years for the state’s program.

Arkansas Better Chance serves about 24,000 kids statewide. Jerri Derlikowski with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says the federal funding will add over 2,000 new children to ABC, but won’t fill funding gaps needed for existing participants

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Local & Regional News
10:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ellison Case To Go Before 8th Circuit Appeals Court in Saint Louis

Attorneys Flint Taylor (left) and Michael Laux speak to reporters Tuesday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Attorneys for the family of Eugene Ellison, a 67-year-old man killed by off duty Little Rock Police officers in his home four years ago, held a forum Tuesday night. It came two days before an appeal of a lawsuit against the department will be heard in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Saint Louis.

Ellison was shot in his home when two officers working as security at his apartment complex approached his unit and an altercation ensued. Chicago attorney Mike Laux said Ellison’s it was a wrongful death.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Hear Recomendations To Address Prison Overcrowding

Arkansas Lawmakers are considering ideas to address prison overcrowding in advance of the 2015 session of the Arkansas Legislature.  

On Tuesday, members of a committee heard the findings of a report that suggests re-entry programs, a possible tax credit for businesses that hire offenders and establish community-based organization to bolster support programs.

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Local & Regional News
4:28 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Arkansas Board Of Education Integrates ALE Scores For School Grades

Credit arkansased.org

The Arkansas Board of Education decided Monday that students in Alternative Learning Environment schools, or those needing extra academic help, will be included in their districts of origins for the purpose of grading schools.

Following federal guidelines, all schools must now receive a letter grade of A through F based on student standardized test scores.

Board member Diane Zook expressed concern during a teleconference that district superintendents would lose discretion to have separate higher and lower achieving schools for the purposes of grading.

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Local & Regional News
5:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Federal Judge Says Arkansans Have Right To Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’s ban against same-sex marriage. 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has ruled same sex-couples have a fundamental right to marry in Arkansas. She ruled that the state’s 2004 ban against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional under the 14th amendment.

A Pulaski County judge had struck down the marriage ban in May and about 500 couples were married before his ruling was stayed.

The Arkansas State Supreme Court is considering a similar case but has not yet issued a ruling.

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