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) 349-7108

Email: daniel@kuar.org

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The Arkansas House of Representatives is getting upgrades to its historic chamber and committee rooms at the state Capitol building. New desks, carpeting, chairs and voting machines will feature prominently in the House chamber, which is already undergoing renovations.

Gary Clements of North Little Rock-based Clements & Associates is serving as the consulting architect on the project. He said the upgrades are the final steps in a larger project for the chamber.

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Following a disappointing 7-25 season, fans of UA Little Rock’s men’s basketball team are getting their first look at its new head coach.

Former Razorback Darrell Walker was announced as the university’s pick to lead the Trojans on March 27. He comes from back-to-back seasons as head coach at Clark Atlanta University, taking away an overall record of 45-18.

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Cities and counties across Arkansas are joining in a state lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors, and other parties involved in the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuit filed last week in Crittenden County Circuit Court comes after the Arkansas Municipal League filed a federal lawsuit against 13 major drug manufacturers and distributors last December. The state lawsuit targets 65 defendants ranging from retailers to pharmacies and individual doctors.

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced his plan to reorganize state government and reduce the number of cabinet-level agencies reporting directly to him by at least 50 percent.

The governor announced his plan following the conclusion of the fiscal session of the Arkansas Legislature Thursday, saying his administration has worked to maximize government efficiency since he first took office.

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A handful of Arkansas environmental advocacy groups are seeking to block legislation from being considered that could allow a controversial hog farm to keep operating.

Newton County-based C&H Hog Farms has come under scrutiny in recent years due to concerns over waste runoff into the Buffalo National River Watershed. The farm sits on Big Creek, a major tributary of the Buffalo.

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Having undergone eight additions since its humble beginning as the Museum of Fine Arts in 1937, the Arkansas Arts Center will soon be getting a major redesign to unify the facility with itself, and the outside world.

Two architectural firms, Studio Gang and Little Rock-based Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, have teamed up with New York-based landscape architectural firm SCAPE to create a concept design for the project.

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Threats of gun violence have resulted in arrests at a handful of Arkansas schools in the days following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

School district officials in Fayetteville and Gurdon said local police are investigating both online and verbal threats of violence reported to school administration. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported schools in Berryville, Mammoth Spring and Star City saw similar threats since the Feb. 14 mass shooting and reported them to police.

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Following Tuesday's resignation of casino mogul Steve Wynn amid accusations of sexual misconduct, a native Arkansan is now chief executive of Wynn’s $17 billion global enterprise.

Mena native Matthew Maddox has worked for Wynn Resorts Ltd. since 2002, eventually serving as chief financial officer and president. The company’s board of directors named the 42-year-old Maddox CEO late Tuesday following Wynn’s resignation.

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One year after the Women's March drew thousands to the streets nationwide, including in Arkansas, demonstrators again made the journey to the Arkansas State Capitol to let their voices be heard. Though this year's March On, Arkansas! March to the Polls and ensuing Rally for Reproductive Justice had numerous callbacks to the previous march, including many signature pink hats, there was a marked shift in tone. Legislators, candidates and community organizers urged the public to channel their dissatisfaction into votes for progressive politics. 

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Little Rock Central High School is now joining five other sites across the city as part of a national project highlighting historically significant locations in the civil rights era.

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail includes over 100 museums, churches, and other landmarks across 14 states and Washington, D.C. that played a role in the struggle for equal rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and 60s.

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For many, 2017 was a time of historic support for the rights of LGBTQ people. But, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, says more can be done to improve equality in  Arkansans.

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Adding to Congress’s already lengthy to-do list, the federal government’s primary tool for agricultural and food policy, known as the farm bill, will need congressional reauthorization this year.  Originally designed to keep crop prices fair for consumers and farmers during the Great Depression, the bill is a piece of legislation with broad-reaching effects, especially for Arkansans.

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Despite a slight drop in Arkansas sales tax revenue between the second and third quarters of fiscal year 2017, the holiday shopping season is expected to give the state’s economy a temporary boost.

Chief Economist Michael Pakko with the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said a decrease in taxable sales between the two quarters still represents a picture of overall growth.

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Members of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Committee will be holding three hearings over the next two weeks to finalize changes to a new Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol.

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25 years after he took office as the country’s chief executive, former President Bill Clinton returned to Arkansas to look back on his eight years in office.

Clinton joined his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former chief campaign strategist James Carville in a conversation at the Clinton Presidential Center’s Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series.

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With two games left in the Razorback football season, University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long has been let go effective immediately.

The move comes a week after a lengthy meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees where no action was taken against Long. Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced Long’s firing in a press release Wednesday.

Two musical groups are creating something very special: one choral, one orchestral. So, what is new? First, the Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School choir and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra face an exciting challenge.

Arts Scene: Harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Nov 5, 2017

The harp is very much part of modern musical programming, and also a vital inspiration to contemporary composers. It has a voice appealing to much music, but there’s no doubt the image of the instrument, the stories and early music, take many of us back in time beyond our childhood to lands of myth and romance.

Arts Scene: Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

Nov 5, 2017

The performing arts this autumn are brimming with plans, led by the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. Time itself is being stretched, with all of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s season openers ahead. The first Masterworks symphony concert is with violinist Jennifer Frautschi. She will also open the River Rhapsodies season. First Masterworks, and a bit of background about the soloist.

Sept. 24 begins the commemoration ceremonies for the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. Celebrities are coming in, and bringing their own contributions. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted for his research on African-American history, is working with a composer creating an opera on the Little Rock Nine.

Molière’s plays, in his lifetime, were always rude and unkind, but his audiences always came back for more. His name, what he said, and how he said it have endured; particularly The Misanthrope, one who hates everyone and everything.

The highly acclaimed Arianna String Quartet opens the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock’s 2017-2018 season. As always, each year the capital city benefits from the high quality of programming the society has established, and the reputation its members have built through the years for their hospitality. The quartet members will work with students at Mills University Studies High School during their visit.

In a previous installment of Arts Scene, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director/Conductor Philip Mann waxed eloquent with information on the 2017-2018 Masterworks season. Now, he is rhapsodic over the chamber music series, River Rhapsodies. Musicians had more requests for Mann than in any season prior. Mann speaks with Arts Scene’s Ann Nicholson on his vision for the 2017-2018 River Rhapsodies season.

Arts Scene: Kelly And Donna Mulhollan

Nov 5, 2017

This installment of Arts Scene brings new voices and new music, with folk singers Kelly and Donna Mulhollan. The Buffalo River has become a symbol for Arkansas as the only free river in the state which has many rivers. It is also a National River, designated by the National Park Service. National parks nationwide are treasures for the Mulhollans, and we hear about their passion for the Buffalo. The Mulhollans tell their story to Arts Scene’s Ann Nicholson.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season was announced in early spring, but so much of the weeks between then and now has been taken up by the highlights of the season: intimate neighborhood concerts, river rhapsodies, chamber music, and new composers to name a few. But now that July 4 is behind us, we can turn to the largesse to come. Arts Scene’s Ann Nicholson asks Philip Mann, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s music director/conductor to take us through the 2017-2018 Masterworks season.

Arts Scene: Author Cassie Dandridge Selleck

Nov 5, 2017

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is a project that was picked up by the Arkansas State Library from a program in Seattle, where a book is chosen and the author is brought to the state, and as many people as possible read the book. The first book was To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay. There has been a book chosen every year since. Each author is brought to Arkansas to visit libraries and discuss the book of the season.

Artistic Director for Opera in the Ozarks, Tom Cockrell, arrived in Eureka Springs a good month ahead of the first performance on June 23. He is professor of music at the University of Arizona School of Music in Tucson, Ariz., where he is Music Director of the University of Arizona Opera Theatre. He comes well prepared to Arkansas, as do the singers, for the staging, coaching, and polishing to bring the greatest enjoyment for audience and performers. Cockrell spoke with Arts Scene’s Ann Nicholson in late April, covering aspects of the always carefully chosen repertoire.

Arts Scene: "Godspell" Director Donna Drake

Nov 5, 2017

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s 2016-2017 season closes with Godspell, a show that has kept its hold on the years since it opened in 1970. The show is directed by Donna Drake, who is already known in Little Rock as the director of My Fair Lady. Donna began at five years old, wanting to be a dancer. This led her, through various stages of growth and interest, to New York City, where she found how the magic of imagination could cross the footlights.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre has had a very interesting two years. After Bob Hupp served notice he was retiring as Rep’s artistic director in 2016, he completed the 2015-2016 season until the end of June, and moved to New York state. He left a carefully planned season for whomever was selected to succeed him, all of which followed in order, and John Miller-Stephany from the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis was chosen.

Six researchers are laying out details of how they plan to study the causes of childhood obesity. The Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute announced its first round of projects Wednesday.

Created last year through a $9.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention seeks to address all levels of the issues surrounding overweight kids.

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