Daniel Breen

Morning Edition 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. He has earned awards from the Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists, the National Federation of Press Women and the 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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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“I’ve always been concerned about the district and an active participant volunteering, but now I'm at a point where I'm concerned to the point of action… I think now it’s the right time, the right mix for me to share my expertise, my knowledge, my connections, my work experience, life experiences to help bring the Little Rock School District back to the top of the state.”

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Why are you running for Little Rock School Board?

“My mother was a teacher, my sister was a teacher and several of my cousins were teachers, so education is important to me. I retired from the Little Rock School District in 2014, and I really wanted to start doing something within the teaching spectrum again.”

“The reason why I am running is because I care about children, and with the grades and the reading scores that we’ve had have been really distressing. And so I decided that I wanted to run to be a part of the solution.”

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Arkansas saw its highest-ever single-day increase in new coronavirus cases Thursday with 1,278 people testing positive. 

The surge was followed by a second day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in the state, with 1,015 positive test results recorded on Friday. 

Both increases bring the state's total number of COVID-19 infections to 97,539, with 8,609 cases considered active. The state's death toll from the disease has risen to 1,665 resulting from 11 new deaths on Thursday and 20 on Friday. 

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The City of Little Rock is adjusting traffic patterns to cope with an expected influx of voters turning in absentee ballots.

City officials announced Thursday the restrictions on streets around the Pulaski County courthouse, which is the only drop-off site for absentee ballots ahead of the November election. Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth says that’s to accommodate a record number of absentee voters this election cycle. 

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Arkansas 4th District Rep. Bruce Westerman met with his Democrat and Libertarian challengers in a debate held by Arkansas PBS Tuesday. Democrat William Hanson and Libertarian Frank Gilbert are challenging the incumbent Republican congressman in the race to represent the southwest Arkansas district in the U.S House of Representatives.

Westerman is a trained forester and engineer and has served in the House since 2015. Hanson is an attorney and former law professor. Gilbert is the former mayor of the Grant County town of Tull.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is launching a new telehealth service to provide HIV prevention drugs to at-risk Arkansans.

The Digital Health HIV Prevention program is part of the UAMS HealthNow system which provides urgent care and other medical services through virtual visits to a doctor’s office.

Stacy Petty is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and directs UAMS HealthNow. She says the service is completely digital, except for lab testing that must be completed before each visit every three months.

A record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arkansas is putting a strain on the state’s supply of convalescent plasma, one of the few treatments available for critically ill coronavirus patients.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday a total of 547 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number seen since the pandemic began. The state also saw its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases with 1,265 people testing positive.

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A new grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go towards an Arkansas research project looking into ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in restaurant settings.

Food scientist Dr. Kristen Gibson with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will lead the multi-institution research project, with help from the $987,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Gibson says the goal is to see which surfaces commonly found in restaurant dining rooms put customers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

League of Women Voters

Economic growth, police and conflict of interest polices were just some of the topics discussed during a forum between North Little Rock Mayoral Candidates Thursday night.

The digital forum, held by the League of Women Voters and the William F. Laman Library, featured all four mayoral candidates: Terry Hartwick, Alice Kunce, Debi Ross and Tracy Steele. Below are the candidates’ abridged answers. You can watch the forum here.

Art direction by Carter/Reddy / Photograph of Elizabeth Eckford courtesy of The Will Counts Collection, Indiana University Archives

Melba Pattillo Beals, Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Thelma Mothershed, Terrence Roberts and Jefferson Thomas. 

Those nine Black Arkansans became part of Civil Rights history 63 years ago as the first to attend classes at the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School.

The story of the Little Rock Nine is a nuanced one; a story of bravery and torment that for some who lived it is a story too painful and harrowing to tell.

Governor's Office / YouTube

A state task force is recommending all Arkansas high schoolers be required to take a computer science course in order to graduate.

The state’s Computer Science and Cyber Security Task Force presented its final report of recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday. Speaking with reporters at the state Capitol, Hutchinson said that would require every public high school to have a computer science teacher.

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The opening of a new 2 megawatt solar power plant on Wednesday makes the city of Clarksville in western Arkansas the first in the state to power all of its governmental operations with solar energy.

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The group tasked with disbursing the $1.25 billion Arkansas received from the CARES Act has approved new funds to go toward stabilizing the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

Members of the state CARES Act steering committee on Friday voted to approve the infusion of $165 million from the federal coronavirus bailout to the fund at a meeting held virtually. This comes as the panel faced a deadline of Sept. 30 to stabilize the fund, otherwise employers would have to pay an extra $10 per employee per year in taxes.

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A researcher with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use a $1.7 million grant to find new ways to treat a deadly blood disorder.

The grant from the National Cancer Institute is going to Dr. Jesus Delgado-Calle, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at UAMS, who is studying ways to improve bone health to prevent or delay relapses in patients with multiple myeloma.

The Momentary / YouTube

Artists are a rare breed; seemingly the perfect mix of dreamer, thinker and doer. Nick Cave is by no means a stranger to those actions, but for this project, he's dreaming, thinking and doing BIG. 

Cave, described by the New York Times as the "most joyful, and critical, artist in America," is perhaps best known for his Soundsuits, which mix colorful, fur-clad outfits with otherworldly performance art for the viewer to analyze critically, without bias to the wearer. 

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After months of the "new normal," it can seem like there's no single aspect of daily life the coronavirus pandemic hasn't changed. Work has been replaced with Zoom, movie theaters with Netflix, and restaurants with take-out. 

But central Arkansans will soon get to experience live shows once again, with all of the necessary health precautions in place. 

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While Labor Day traditionally celebrates the legacy of trade unions and the larger labor movement in the United States, some union members in Arkansas say they’re not being afforded proper protections by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees’ National VA Council held a socially-distanced protest in North Little Rock on Monday calling for a new contract between workers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas has added more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases in the past three days as more than 900 Arkansans have died from COVID-19.

The Arkansas Department of Health said on Saturday it received an additional 515 positive coronavirus test results, and another 687 Sunday. An increase of 350 new cases Monday brought the state's total to 65,727. 

City of Little Rock / YouTube

The city of Little Rock is rolling out new initiatives to make access to online learning easier for students should schools pivot to remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. announced several projects at a news conference Thursday, including plans to install high-speed broadband internet at five community centers to be used by students for remote learning.

Dilapidated and abandoned buildings line Asher Avenue in south Little Rock. The city is hoping to revitalize this area through a plan announced Wednesday.
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Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has announced a three-part plan to revitalize parts of south and southwest Little Rock.

At a press conference Wednesday, he said the city is working to revitalize three properties along Asher Avenue that have fallen into disrepair. The city will offer a new “incentive package” for business owners looking to invest in the area, Scott said, with one aspect of that including the lifting of application fees for building permits.

Governor's Office / YouTube

Arkansas has added almost 2,500 new cases and nearly 60 deaths from COVID-19 since last Friday as the state’s death toll approaches 800.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an uptick of 368 new cases, which brought the state’s total to 61,224, while another 13 deaths brought the death toll to 797.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson spoke against criticism from state lawmakers who argue the governor should not have the power to issue statewide public health orders, such as the recently-imposed mask-wearing requirement.

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Nearly 60,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus as the state saw another triple-digit spike in new cases on Friday.

In his daily briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 838 new cases, bringing the state total to 59,583. An additional 17 Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 756. 

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For the first time since the pandemic began, Arkansas is releasing the number of students, teachers and staff of the state’s schools and colleges who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 722 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 58,745, while an additional seven COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 739.

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Nearly 700 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 as schools across the state reopen for in-class instruction.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 320 new coronavirus cases , which brought the state’s total to 56,894, while an additional nine deaths from COVID-19 brought the death toll to 696.

Speaking in the governor’s daily briefing on the pandemic, Education Secretary Johnny Key said the state aims to keep schools open for in-class instruction even with high levels of virus activity in the general public.

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Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in deaths due to COVID-19 while nearly 900 more Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 887 new cases Friday, the fourth-highest daily increase in new cases since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll increased by 22 for a total of 663.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson said both sharp increases come after days of lower daily upticks in new cases and deaths.

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Arkansas’s governor, attorney general and numerous state lawmakers are calling for a bill enhancing the penalty for hate crimes to be passed in the next session of the state legislature.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and both Democratic and Republican state lawmakers at a news conference Wednesday to call for such a law to pass the next time the legislature convenes in January 2021.

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Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Arkansas are on the rise as 16 more Arkansans have died from the disease.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 410 new cases brought the state’s total to 53,487, while the additional COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 619.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the campus of Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville Tuesday, Hutchinson said he’s confident the state is completing enough coronavirus tests despite delays due to a nationwide shortage of testing supplies.

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More than 600 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 as K-12 students prepare to go back to school in one week.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 412 new coronavirus cases Monday bringing the state’s total to 53,077. An additional four Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 603.

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Nearly 600 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began as more than 52,000 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 626 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the state’s total to 52,392. Five more Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 587.

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The number of Arkansans hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline, though new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus are steadily rising.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of 652 new coronavirus cases Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 51,766, while an additional nine Arkansans died for a death toll of 582. The number of Arkansans hospitalized decreased by 13 to 473, with 112 patients on a ventilator.

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