Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Reporter, Arkansas Public Media

Sarah Whites-Koditschek is a Little Rock-based reporter for Arkansas Public Media covering education, healthcare, state politics, and criminal justice issues. Formerly she worked as a reporter and producer for WHYY in Philadelphia, and was an intern and editorial assistant for Morning Edition at National Public Radio in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

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.

She has won awards from the Associated Press in Arkansas as well the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Contact Sarah at sarah@arkansaspublicmedia.org or 501-683-8655.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Annual Delta Exhibition is in its 56th year at the Arkansas Arts Center. It includes over 13,000 entries from over 450 artists from the Mississippi Delta region. This year, most of the works in the exhibition are paintings and many have a narrative style. They tell stories about the people or landscapes they depict.

David Bailin draws and paints on large canvases in his home garage studio in Little Rock. He uses erasure marks and paints with coffee rinds to create shape and texture in his pieces.

The Little Rock Police Department has begun encrypting its radio frequencies to limit criminals’ access to information about the activity of officers. The encryption process is expected to be completed by Friday.

“There are those in society who use police frequencies to monitor police presence in an area and use that information to victimize citizens of the city,” the department said in a press release on Monday.

“In some instances they monitor calls to see if a call is being dispatched to the location where they are committing a crime,” it said.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is releasing the results of a survey about the challenges and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents. Last year, the organization gathered information from roughly 1,000 LGBT Arkansans across the state.

The Human Rights Campaign wanted some basic information about the lives of LGBT Arkansans: How are they involved in their communities? What type of challenges or discrimination do they feel they face in public settings or with their families?

Immigration protester
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

About 15 protesters met in the parking lot outside the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock on Friday to rally for stricter immigration laws in Arkansas and protest the increase of migrant children from Central America crossing the United States border with Mexico.

Kenny Wallis of Keep Arkansas Legal said he hopes the state will pass a self-deportation law like the one in Alabama, which would allow law enforcement officers to stop individuals they believe are undocumented.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner
Kentucky State Police

Little Rock's new Police Chief Kenton Buckner is in his third week on the job after moving from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was assistant police chief.

KUAR reached out to members of the community who have concerns about the Little Rock Police Department and then sat down with Chief Buckner to get his thoughts.

A full transcript of the interview follows:

How do you account for the recent increase in violent crime here?

ArkansasSymphony.org / Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will begin its free performance tonight at 8:30 PM as part of Little Rock’s annual Fourth of July celebration. Music Director Phillip Mann says the orchestra will play music of regional significance, as well as some Fourth of July classics.

Terrence Roberts Little Rock Nine
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

The Arkansas Psychological Association held a ceremony Wednesday evening to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, in 1964.

At the ceremony, held at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, speakers discussed the link between ongoing work-place discrimination and workers' psychological health.

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