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.

In Focus
Channel 8, KAIT

In 1979, one month into Bill Clinton’s first gubernatorial term, Jonesboro’s “In Focus” TV anchor Jack Hill put the spotlight on 32-year-old Hillary Clinton.

Lucie's Place

Four Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people in central Arkansas will have a chance to move in to a group house and receive life skills training through a donated home. Lucie’s Place, which provides services for homeless LGBT youth is launching its first residence for young adults in Little Rock this fall.

Penelope Poppers says while there’s relatively little data on homeless LGBT, especially in the south, more LGBT teens are forced out of their homes and their lives on the street are especially hard.

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An oath of citizenship, a pledge of allegiance, and messages from the United States President and Governor of Arkansas were part of the naturalization ceremony for 101 new U.S. citizens Tuesday at Little Rock’s Old State House Museum.

Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the group, saying he appreciates that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, and his own family is raising bi-lingual grandchildren because of his naturalized Latina daughter-in-law.

Presumably by accident, he said they are learning both, "'American and Spanish."

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The Islamic Center of Little Rock is hoping to counter negative stereotypes with a billboard campaign comparing a Muslim woman in a hijab, or headscarf, to Virgin Mary in a veil.

KUAR spoke to the mosque’s vice president, Alaa Eldamaty , who says the goal is to encourage questions. 

"You might be scared of Islam because of all of the media or all of the horrific attacks happening around the world in the name of Islam," said Eldamaty. "But really, Islam is a religion of peace," she explained. 

Arkansas Capitol
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to a rule allowing counselors to refer clients to another provider if they have religious objections to treating them. But critics say it could allow the denial of mental health services for LGBT people.

The Legislative Council's Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved the proposal Tuesday by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, which regulates about 2,800 counselors and therapists in the state.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

Arkansas, like the rest of the nation, had an emotional reaction to the police shootings of young black men this week, then five officers being killed by a gunman in Dallas. We feature comments from a rally at the state Capitol Friday and Gov. Asa Hutchinson offering his thoughts.

We also advance a trip by the governor and economic development officials to Europe to nurture the state's aerospace industry, have Hutchinson's thoughts on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and discuss proposals likely to go before voters in November which were submitted before a deadline Friday.

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Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site is joining with other civil rights sites across the south to seek international recognition.  Officials announced Tuesday it has applied to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Joe David Rice, tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, says the goal is to draw new visitors and international attention to Little Rock. He says while the integration crisis was a mistake, the visitor’s center reflects how much the state has evolved.

Several dozen Little Rock residents aspiring to have a leadership role in local schools will make their case before the Arkansas Board of Education Monday.

Applicants for slots on the Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board are giving three minute pitches for themselves. State Board member Jay Barth says the group is statutorily mandated as part of the state takeover of the district.

He says the board will have authority over hiring and firing appeals, along with a larger mandate to speak for Little Rock residents.

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Imam Mahmoud Hassanein says members of the Islamic Center of Little Rock may send a delegation to Florida in solidarity with victims of Sunday’s deadly massacre at a gay bar in Orlando.

He expressed regret about Sunday’s killing and says his community is grieving the incident.

"This is the killing of innocent people who had done nothing," he said. 

According to Hassanein, Islam teaches that homosexuality is wrong, but it is up to God to judge and respond, not individual people. 

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Arkansans are joining with the rest of the nation in grieving for victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida. 

Human Rights Campaign state Director Kendra Johnson says at a vigil Sunday night in Little Rock, there was a wide-shared sentiment that daily fears of many LGBT people were realized and magnified in the attack.

“Many people who walk down the street and are holding their partner's hand face violence,” she said.