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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More than 50,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus as the state records 34 new COVID-19 deaths over the past three days.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday an increase of 645 new coronavirus cases, which brought the state’s total to 50,028, while an additional 11 deaths brought the death toll to 555.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson said the state is adding fewer new coronavirus cases each day despite a sharp increase of over 1,000 positive test results last Friday.

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Arkansas has added more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day as more than 48,000 people have tested positive since the pandemic began.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 1,011 new cases Friday, bringing the total to 48,039. An additional six Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 521.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said he believes the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas is under control despite the sharp uptick.

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More than 500 Arkansans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began as the state records its fourth-highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an additional 912 cases Wednesday. It brings the state’s total to 46,293, while an additional 18 deaths brings the death toll to 508.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said he’s authorized additional National Guard personnel to assist with coronavirus testing at the state’s correctional facilities.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

If you've heard the news in the past few months, you've probably heard that we're "living in historic times." But what exactly does that mean? 

While we generally think of history as the past, a new project by Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center reminds us that history is all around us, even today. 

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More than 2,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus since last Friday as the state nears 500 deaths from COVID-19.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the state saw 787 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 44,597. An additional 11 Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 475.

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High school football teams can begin no-contact practice in Arkansas starting next week as the total number of people to test positive for the coronavirus surpasses 42,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday the state saw 752 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 42,511. An additional 11 Arkansans died from the disease for a death toll of 453.

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COVID-19 continues to spread within Arkansas correctional facilities as the state adds 787 new coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday’s increase brought the state’s total to 40,968, while an additional six COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 434. Seven additional Arkansans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday for a total of 508, while the state had a total of 6,596 active cases of the disease.

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Following hours of debate, state lawmakers approved $23 million to go toward improving the Arkansas Department of Health’s efforts to track the spread of the coronavirus.

Members of the Arkansas Legislative Council on Tuesday approved two separate requests for federal CARES Act funds. One provides $7 million to the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Council to enhance contact tracing, testing and outreach to the state’s Latinx and Marshallese populations.

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More than 4,200 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past five days as the state’s total number of cases nears 40,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the state saw 824 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 39,447. An additional seven Arkansans have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 408.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson announced $10 million in federal funds will go toward providing take-home WiFi access points to students once the school year begins.

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When the coronavirus pandemic first reached Arkansas in mid-March, Alma Mayor Jerry Martin took action.

“When I thought about it, it would be best for our employees to go ahead and furlough now while they could take advantage of the unemployment setup the way that it was, than to wait until September, October and us be at a place where it looked like we were going to have a hard time making payroll and paying bills,” Martin said.

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In just two days, Arkansas has seen its first and second-highest daily increases in the number of new coronavirus cases among non-incarcerated people as nearly 400 people in the state have died and nearly 500 are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday the state saw 990 new coronavirus cases, one day after the state saw an increase of 1,013 new cases. Friday’s increase brought the state’s total number of cases to 37,249, while an additional eight deaths due to COVID-19 brought the death toll to 394.

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Arkansas’s governor says he remains committed to opening schools in late August as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday an additional 728 Arkansans tested positive for the virus, bringing the state’s total to 34,655. The state’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 11 to 374. Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson said K-12 students will still return to in-class instruction in just over a month.

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Arkansas’s governor says he is sending National Guard personnel to assist with an influx of COVID-19 patients at a northwest Arkansas hospital.

This comes as another 699 positive cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday bringing the state’s total to 33,927, and an additional six COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 363.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he’s authorized 10 National Guard members to assist with case management at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville for the next 30 days.

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Arkansas’s governor says it’s up to local law enforcement agencies to decide whether to enforce a statewide order for Arkansans to wear face masks.

This comes as the state saw 648 new coronavirus cases Friday bringing the total to 31,762, and 12 additional COVID-19 deaths for a total of 353.

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Nearly 800 more Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus as the state’s total number of cases approaches 30,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday an increase of 794 new cases brought the state’s total to 29,733, while eight more Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a death toll of 331.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said the state Health Department plans to double its testing capacity in an effort to mitigate delays in receiving results from commercial labs.

Lines of cars go through a triage center Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for people to be tested for the coronavirus. A spokeswoman says the average wait time has been three to four hours, with about 500 people tes
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More than 2,000 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus since Friday with a record-breaking uptick in new cases over the weekend.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state saw 572 new cases Monday bringing the state’s total to 28,939, while an increase of two COVID-19 deaths brought the state’s death toll to 323.

Speaking in his daily briefing on the pandemic, Hutchinson again resisted calls for a statewide order to require Arkansans to wear face masks in public.

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The daily increase in new coronavirus cases in Arkansas has had its third-highest spike since the pandemic began as more than 400 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized with the disease.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 751 Arkansans tested positive for the coronavirus Friday for a total of 26,803, while the state’s COVID-19 death toll rose by four to 313. The number of Arkansans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased by 8 to 402, with 84 patients on a ventilator.

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The date for K-12 students to return to school in Arkansas has been pushed back as the state sees its second-highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday an increase of 806 new cases brought the state’s total to 26,052, while four new COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 309. Arkansas had its highest-ever increase in people hospitalized with the disease, rising by 36 for a total of 394.

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Arkansas has seen its second-largest spike in new coronavirus cases following two days of decreasing numbers of people testing positive.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday 734 people in the state had tested positive, bringing the total to 25,246. Four more Arkansans died from the disease, bringing the death toll to 305.

Speaking in the governor’s daily briefing on the pandemic, Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith said new case growth in Arkansas is being driven by spread among the general public.

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Despite seeing two days in a row of declining daily increases in new coronavirus cases, Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday an additional 32 Arkansans had been hospitalized, while 259 people testing positive for the coronavirus brought the state’s total to 24,512. The number of Arkansans hospitalized rose to 369, while the state’s COVID-19 death toll increased by nine to 301.

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Over 1,500 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus since Friday as the state’s death toll from COVID-19 nears 300.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that Arkansas saw 439 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 24,253, while five more deaths from COVID-19 brought the state’s death toll to 292.

In his daily briefing, Hutchinson said the state has entered the first of two contracts to increase the number of people working to track the spread of the coronavirus.

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After resisting calls for a statewide order for Arkansans to wear face masks in public, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says individual cities can now enact similar measures.

The announcement comes as Arkansas saw 547 new coronavirus cases Friday bringing the state’s total to 22,622, while two additional COVID-19 deaths brought the death toll to 281.

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Arkansas revenue has surpassed predictions revised because of the COVID-19 pandemic as the state sees another triple-digit increase in new coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday the state saw 520 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 20,777, while five more Arkansans died from COVID-19 bringing the state’s death toll to 270.

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Over 1,500 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus since last Friday, bringing the state’s total number of cases over 20,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the state saw 439 new coronavirus cases bringing the state’s total to 20,257, while the state’s death toll from COVID-19 rose by one to 265.

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For the sixth time this month, Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in non-incarcerated people testing positive for the coronavirus.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 678 new cases brought the state’s total to 18,740, while the state’s COVID-19 death toll rose by seven to 249. The number of people in Arkansas hospitalized with the disease remained at 284.

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Arkansas has seen its third-largest daily increase in new coronavirus cases as the state plans to roughly quadruple the number of people working to track the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday the state saw 697 new coronavirus cases for a total of 17,375, while three COVID-19 deaths brought the state’s death toll to 240.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson announced he’s directed the state Health Department to increase the number of contact tracers by 700 by late summer.

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The coronavirus continues to spread in Arkansas correctional facilities as the state sees another triple-digit increase in new cases.

According to the state Health Department, the state saw 595 new cases Tuesday bringing the total to 16,678, while 10 more Arkansans died from COVID-19 for a total of 237 deaths.

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Nearly 1,500 Arkansans have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the state’s total number of cases over 16,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday the state saw an additional 522 cases for a total of 16,083, as well as two more COVID-19 deaths for a death toll of 227. Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said the state continues to take seriously the threat the virus poses.

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For the third time in just over one week, Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases among non-incarcerated people.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 703 people tested positive Friday including 41 inmates of correctional facilities, bringing the state’s total to 14,631. An additional six deaths from COVID-19 increased the state’s death toll to 214.

Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson said he still does not support any statewide measure requiring Arkansans to wear face masks in public.

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Following weeks of protests brought on by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, officers in Little Rock will no longer be allowed to restrain people by placing their knees on the necks of suspects.

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