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
3:28 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Arkansas AG Announces New School Safety Initiative

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced a school safety initiative as part of the state’s Special Investigations Division at a press conference Tuesday.

McDaniel said the program is to increase preparation for school shooting incidents around the state. He says teachers, law enforcement officers and first responders need to know what steps to take in a school emergency.

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Local & Regional News
6:34 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Arkansas Community Corrections Proposes Nearly $9 Million In Reentry Funds

Prisoners play basketball near the Arkansas Correctional School in Pine Bluff.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Arkansas Community Corrections presented a proposal for transitional  centers for ex-offenders to a legislative joint committee Monday. The plan would provide 800 transitional beds statewide over two years at a total cost of nearly $9 million. 

Sheila Sharp of the Community Corrections said that could help ease prison crowding as it looks to release inmates and avoid recidivism.

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Local & Regional News
2:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Study Says 77 Percent Of Arkansas 3rd Graders Read At Grade Level

Authors of a study on the importance of 3rd grade literacy presented their findings to legislators today. They say, according to state benchmark exams, 77 percent of the state’s third graders read at grade level and that’s a pivotal measure of their future success.

The legislative interim study, complied by the Winthrop Rockefeller foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children and families made several recommendations to the state legislature Monday.  Recommendations including high quality Pre-k and afterschool programs and improved school attendance.  

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Local & Regional News
5:08 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Must Now Decide Constituionality of Marriage Ban Alone

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear cases appealing same-sex marriage bans in five states. In May, the Arkansas State Supreme Court suspended a judge’s decision to void a 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. 

The state Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling. Jay Barth is a political scientist at Hendrix College. He says some experts speculate state justices have been awaiting a decision on the matter from the nation’s highest court.

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News About Public Radio
6:56 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Storm Causes KUAR And KLRE Power Outage

KUAR and KLRE were off the air for several hours Monday morning due to after an outage caused by an overnight storm. The stations were without power since 3:16 this morning until shortly before 7 a.m.

General Manager Ben Fry said the University of Arkansas Little Rock Facilities Management worked to get the stations' power back on the air. 

“There have been several power outages on campus. One of them [affected] the power that comes into the control rooms for KUAR and KLRE. It’s [turned] off the power for our vital systems,” he said.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Advocates Urge Lawmakers For Juvenile Justice Reform

Advocates officials and lawmakers discuss the state's juvenile justice system.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Legislators heard from advocates and officials hoping to reform the state's judicial justice system on Wednesday. Panelists told lawmakers Arkansas is institutionalizing too many young people for minor offenses and the costs are high.

Madelyn Keith is with the Arkansas Youth Services Association. She wants more intervention to happen at the community level.

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Local & Regional News
6:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poverty Levels Rise In Arkansas Since 2009

The Arkansas Community Organization has analyzed updated census data on rising poverty in the state. According to spokesman Neil Sealy, despite the end of the recession, the number of people nationally living below 200 percent of the poverty line went up by a third. In Arkansas, it went up by one half.

"It's even more dire in Arkansas, where in 2009, 18.8 percent of our population lived below the poverty line as opposed to in 2013, 19.9 percent," he said.

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Local & Regional News
8:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Says Cancelling Her Voter Registration Is "Desperate"

Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane has canceled the voter registration of Leslie Rutledge, Republican candidate for Attorney General.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the clerk determined Tuesday that Rutledge is not a registered voter in the state. Rutledge, a one-time aide to the former Governor Mike Huckabee, is a voter in Washington, D.C., and possibly in Virginia. 

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Local & Regional News
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Friday Deadline For Bids On Recycling Rewards Program

Credit City of Little Rock

Pulaski County will seek bids until Friday from private contractors to operate a new recycling rewards program. The plan is intended to replace a previous, smaller rewards program that covered Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood, which ended because it wasn’t engaging residents. The new county-wide recycling incentives program will encourage local businesses to donate rewards to individuals and schools that recycle. The deadline for contract worth up to $150,000 is Friday afternoon.

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Local & Regional News
1:11 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Exhibit On Arkansas Times Showcases 40 Years

Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times turns 40 this year. The publication’s playfulness, its literary and investigative ambitions, have survived a battle between two daily papers, arson and a crisis in the journalism industry. The Historic Arkansas Museum is currently showing an exhibition on the paper’s history. 

The first edition of the Union Station Times, later to become The Arkansas Times, told readers, "When muck arises it will be raked." In 1974, 22- year-old Alan Leveritt published the first edition with a $200 donation.

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