Karen Tricot Steward

Content Development Director

Karen Tricot Steward is the Content Development Director for UA Little Rock Public Radio.

As Content Development Director, Karen oversees the creation of news and cultural programming and helps set standards and best practices. She manages content on our website and social media. Karen also coordinates the internship program and collaborates with journalism professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to teach students, helping fulfill public radio’s goal of serving the community by being a place of learning.

Karen started at KUAR in 2001 as a news reporter. She has also served as local host and news anchor for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

For her news reporting, Karen has received several awards from the Arkansas Associated Press for stories on topics like the Little Rock mayoral race and Iraq War veterans in Arkansas. She also won a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting. Karen has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Phone: (501) 569-8491

Email: karen@kuar.org

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The National Atlas

A ballot initiative to change state legislative and U.S. Congressional redistricting in Arkansas has been approved by the Attorney General.

The Arkansas Citizens Redistricting Amendment would establish a seven-member citizens redistricting commission to replace the state Board of Apportionment, a committee made up of the governor, attorney general and secretary of state that currently draws state legislative redistricting lines.

Dr. Joe Thompson
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

It's likely that thousands of Medicaid enrollees in Arkansas did not meet a deadline to report whether they are fulfilling new work requirements being implemented by the state. 

The Arkansas Division of Human Services told KUAR on Thursday that, as of June 29, only 370 of the 8,534 enrollees were in compliance. Enrollees had until Thursday, July 5, to log in to the state website and report their activities.

Arkansas Works Governor Asa Hutchinson Work Requirement
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Unless there has been a rush of people this week who successfully logged on to a state website before a 9 p.m. deadline Thursday, thousands of Arkansas Works enrollees will be out of compliance with a newly-enacted work requirement.

Marci Manley, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, says that of the 8,534 people who needed to check in, as of June 29, only 370 had reported that they were in compliance. If the enrollees fail to report their information for three months over a 12-month period, she says they will lose their healthcare coverage.

Wendell Griffen
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by an Arkansas judge against members of the state Supreme Court should be dismissed.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen originally sued the sitting justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court after he was barred from hearing cases regarding the death penalty.

Cheryl May
Karen Tricot Steward / KUAR News

After the shooting deaths of 17 students and adults at a high school in Florida earlier this year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas School Safety Commission to research how to protect the state’s students and school staff from violence.

The Arkansas School Safety Commission was formed in March. The chair of the 18-member group is Cheryl May, the director of the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock. The institute is part of the University of Arkansas system. 

May says the makeup of the commission represents a variety of stakeholders.

Rep. Mat Pitsch and former Rep. Frank Glidewell will face eachother in the Republican party runoff on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
mathewpitsch.com and glidewellforsenate.com

Primary runoff elections will be held across Arkansas on Tuesday.

There are two state legislative races. One is to fill the vacated seat of former Sen. Jake Files, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and was sentenced to 18 months in prison on corruptions charges. The Republican primary runoff for the seat in western Arkansas, Senate District 8, is between two Fort Smith denizens: Former Rep. Frank Glidewell and current Rep. Mat Pitsch.


In selecting a candidate for the state Supreme Court, Arkansans vote in non-partisan judicial elections. This means party affiliation is not indicated on the ballot, and candidates are prohibited by a code of conduct from talking about the issues.

But, that hasn’t always been the case. 

G. Nelidoff/Florence Price Papers, University or Arkansas Libraries

In 2009, Vicki and Darrell Gatwood of St. Anne, Illinois, made quite a discovery. They were renovating an abandoned house that was in desperate shape. The grass was overgrown, the floors were sunken and a tree had fallen and torn a hole in the roof.

As they looked around, they came across stacks of papers: musical manuscripts, letters, photos, diary fragments and other writings. They kept seeing a name over and over: Florence Price.

Tim Nutt/UAMS Library Historical Research Center

The work of classical music composer Florence Price, who was born in Little Rock in 1887, is getting national attention after a rare find.

Price was the first African American woman to have her work played by a major American orchestra. She had a successful music career in her own time yet faded into the background after her death.

But, when stacks of her papers were found in an abandoned house in Illinois - including manuscripts, letters and diary fragments - that all changed.

Bill Witty sits on his porch in Harrison, Arkansas
Bobby Ampezzan / Arkansas Public Media

Bill Witty sits on his front porch on a large plot of land in Harrison, Ark. He lost his daughter Jill to an opioid overdose. She was 24 years old.

In the distance, over some rolling hills, is the cemetery where Jill is buried.

"You'd have to have field glasses to see it, but you can see her headstone from here," Witty points out.