Daniel Breen

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Daniel Breen is a Little Rock-based reporter, anchor and producer for KUAR.

A native of the Natural State, Daniel served as a reporter and editor for Little Rock Central High School’s Tiger Newspaper and later graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a B.A. in mass communication. Daniel currently serves as a reporter and news anchor at KUAR, and as the host and producer of the weekly arts and culture interview show Arts Scene.

Daniel's work has been heard on NPR as well as numerous public radio stations in the South. His report on deaths at an outpatient surgical center for Arkansas Public Media earned him 2nd place in Enterprise/Investigative Reporting in the 2018 Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters contest. He has also done freelance production work for numerous media outlets and podcasts, including Vox, BBC Radio 4 and Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing guitar, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and exploring the wilderness of Arkansas.

Phone: (501) 916-6380

Email: daniel@kuar.org

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One of the state’s constitutional officers tasked with redrawing Arkansas House and Senate districts has announced her picks to help with the task.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Tuesday former state Republican Party chair Doyle Webb will lead the effort, alongside former Republican state lawmakers Andy Davis and Doug House.

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Arkansas businesses can now apply for a second round of loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP.

The second set of loans from the federal program opened to businesses getting loans from lenders with under $1 billion in assets late last week, and will open for all other businesses Tuesday.

Lines of cars with people being tested for COVID-19 stream through a garage at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on July 13, 2020. On Monday, hospitalizations reached a new high.
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As Arkansas continues to see record numbers of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the state's healthcare system is feeling the strain. 

An additional eight Arkansans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, for a near-record total of 1,362. That also includes 255 total patients who are on a ventilator, an increase of four on Wednesday. 

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Business, healthcare and service industry jobs have seen the steepest downturn in Arkansas as a result of the coronavirus pandemic according to a new report by central Arkansas planning agency Metroplan.

The biannual Economic Trends and Outlook Report shows a drop of roughly 11% in leisure and hospitality jobs between April 2019 and April 2020, as well as just under 7% for education and healthcare and about 5% in business.

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A federal judge has blocked four laws restricting access to abortion in Arkansas just hours after they took effect.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Tuesday granted the request from abortion rights groups, issuing a two-week restraining order against the laws. Baker had previously put a halt to the laws in 2017, though a federal appeals court later vacated that ruling.

In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas said clinics were forced to cancel appointments and only provide medication abortion while the laws were temporarily in effect.

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Arkansas continues its upward trend of COVID-19 cases and deaths as officials fear another surge related to holiday gatherings.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday the state added 1,941 new coronavirus cases as well as 43 more deaths due to COVID-19. That brought the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 3,338, and the total number of cases over 205,000.

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An upcoming case going before the U.S. Supreme Court could permanently halt Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation work requirement for some Medicaid recipients.

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Arkansas is the most pro-life state in the nation according to a national anti-abortion advocacy group.

The designation comes from the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Life, which ranks each state based on laws and policies aimed at restricting access to the procedure.

Speaking in a news conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Americans United for Life president and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster said states have more leeway to restrict the procedure as federal courts tilt more conservative.

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A new report grading over 500 cities in the U.S. on LGBTQ equality shows Little Rock leading the eight Arkansas cities surveyed.

The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index scores cities on policies, such as non-discrimination laws and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, on a scale of zero to 100.

Xavier Persad is senior legislative counsel with the Human Rights Campaign. He says the report looks at several indicators to gauge the overall state of equality in individual cities.

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North Little Rock voters will decide who will serve as their next mayor in a runoff election Tuesday. The two candidates, former mayor Terry Hartwick and former Democratic state lawmaker Tracy Steele, failed to get more than 50% of the vote in what was a four-person contest on Election Day. Steele says he’s confident he’ll emerge victorious from the runoff.

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A new bill would make nearly all forms of abortion a crime in Arkansas, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, and Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, allows abortion to be performed legally only when the mother’s life is threatened or to remove an ectopic pregnancy.

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Just south of Little Rock, a whole new world of arts, culture and heritage awaits. 

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, located in downtown Pine Bluff, has been a cornerstone of the arts in the city for years. 

Now, like all museums and performance spaces, they've had to adjust their strategy to reach their audience safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The center's executive director, Dr. Rachel Miller, joins the Arts Scene this week to talk about the current exhibitions on display at the center. 

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Arkansas lawmakers will soon vote on whether to require all high school students to take a computer science course.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday the state legislature will take up a bill creating the requirement sponsored by Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock, in the January general session.

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Arkansas’s Republican Governor says President Donald Trump should begin the transition process to the administration of president-elect Joe Biden.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he expects Biden to be the next president of the United States.

Ann Nicholson, longtime host of KLRE-KUAR's Arts Scene, on April 14, 2016.
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On this week's Arts Scene, we take time to pay homage to our program's founder. Ann Nicholson, who hosted the show for nearly 30 years, died this past week at age 88. 

Ann was a true renaissance woman, one whose knowledge and curiosity seemed boundless. Her interviews, and interview subjects, ran the gamut; from South African drama with James Earl Jones, to nuclear nonproliferation with Admiral Stansfield Turner, Ann's skill as a host and interviewer was always on full display. 

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Arts organizations and audiences have been deprived of a performance experience during the pandemic. But, in the words of the immortal Freddie Mercury, the show must go on. 

Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra have heeded the call, and are presenting a collaborative performance adapted to the new normal in which we all live. 

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The results of some down-ballot races from Tuesday’s election could look different as votes continue to be counted in central Arkansas.

The Pulaski County Election Commission is still working to count roughly 4,500 absentee ballots that were rejected by counting equipment or contain irregularities that need resolving.

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President Donald Trump along with five Republican members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation cruised to victory in the state Tuesday night. Some candidates further down the ballot saw victories by large margins, while some races remain undecided.

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A new 28-mile network of walking and biking trails will soon open in central Arkansas thanks to a partnership between state and local parks departments and a philanthropic organization.

State and city officials announced the network of trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and River Mountain and Two Rivers parks at a news conference Wednesday. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said the system will serve as an inclusive space for residents to get outdoors.

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Voters in North Little Rock will have four candidates to choose from to serve as their next mayor. Incumbent Joe Smith said last year he would not seek a third term in office.

KUAR spoke with each of the four people running in the nonpartisan race. The final candidate in the series is former North Little Rock City Council member Debi Ross.

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For the first time ever, a group of researchers has published a set of evidence-based medical care guidelines for adults living with the most common genetic disorder in humans.

The group of 13 researchers, physicians and social workers from across the country published the guidelines for adults living with Down syndrome in conjunction with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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Voters in North Little Rock will have four candidates to choose from to serve as their next mayor. Incumbent Joe Smith said last year he would not seek a third term in office.

KUAR spoke with each of the four people running in the nonpartisan race. The second candidate in the series is former state lawmaker Tracy Steele.

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Arkansas students receiving school-based food assistance could be getting some extra help thanks to a new program by the Arkansas Food Bank.

The food bank announced the Emergency School Pantry Program, which is a partnership with five other food banks in the state, and will provide food boxes for 36 weeks.

Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Food Bank, says the goal is to have the program continue even after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

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A group of Republican state attorneys general, along with the Department of Justice, is accusing Google of forming a monopoly on internet search engines and online advertising.

Arkansas joins 10 other states and the DOJ in bringing the lawsuit against the tech giant, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Little Rock voters will have their first chance in more than five years to select members of a locally-elected board to oversee the Little Rock School District. 

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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

Benjamin R. Coleman, Jr.

Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“I have a 10-year-old daughter in the Little Rock School District. I come from a family of educators… once you get to a certain age or a certain point of your own career, it's time to reach back and help others just to make sure that the overall goal is to help the children succeed. Anything other than that, you really don't need to be looking to run for public office.”

What experience do you have working in public education?

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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“I want to see us continue the work that we're doing to bring every student up to reading on grade level. I think that's probably the most important work that's going on in the school district right now. We started about a year-and-a-half ago with some real concentrated efforts to change the reading curriculum and I want to continue being a voice that puts a spotlight on that issue in our district as we transition into local control.”

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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“The school board is a really important position… we are supposed to be an external factor to make sure that our school district is operating the way that it should be, and that needs are being met.”

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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“I’m a retired educator, I retired June 2020. I would like to continue my work in education, and I do believe that the position that I'm seeking will be a catalyst to help make a change for teaching and learning.”

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