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Ronak Patel


Ronak Patel is a reporter for Little Rock Public Radio; he previously served as Politics and Government Reporter between March and August of 2022.

A graduate of Little Rock Central High School, Ronak attended the University of Central of Arkansas, where he graduated with a major in English and a minor in journalism in spring 2021. As a student at UCA, he developed an interest in politics when he took a political reporting class and interviewed candidates for the Arkansas Senate District 32 seat, which covers parts of Little Rock and Cammack Village. As a student, Ronak also reported on a state legislator requesting syllabi from UCA, a report that won a second place award for in-depth reporting from the Arkansas College Media Association.

Ronak's first job after college was as a general assignment reporter for the Southwest Times Record. After six months, he was hired by the statewide Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where he wrote feature stories, season previews for high school sports and worked on special publications.

Despite working in print, Ronak has always been a fan of broadcast news and NPR Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep is one of his favorite political reporters.

Outside of work, Ronak enjoys watching basketball— either the Milwaukee Bucks or the UCA Bears.