Sarah Kellogg

KUAR Morning Edition Host and Reporter

Sarah Kellogg is the Morning Edition host and a reporter for KUAR.

Sarah was drawn towards radio reporting her freshman year in college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she already knew she wanted to be a journalist. Throughout her junior and senior years, Sarah reported and produced stories for KBIA, the NPR member station in Columbia. She received her bachelor’s of journalism in Radio/Television reporting with an emphasis on radio.

Immediately after graduation, she wanted to get more experience in political reporting so she went back to Mizzou for her master’s in public affairs reporting, where she spent her final semester as the Missouri statehouse reporter for KBIA.

Now in Arkansas, Sarah is putting that master’s degree to use, covering the statehouse for KUAR. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s normally watching a lot of movies, hanging out with her cats and trying out new recipes.

Email: sarah@kuar.org

Newsroom: 501-683-7400

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson shows a graph during Tuesday's press briefing of increasing coronavirus cases in Arkansas.
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A report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force released Tuesday says the pandemic is rapidly getting worse in Arkansas. It said considering the higher infection rate in the past two weeks, “Arkansas is on the precipice of a rapid, accelerating increase in cases, which will be followed with new hospital admissions.”

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The campaign to replace Arkansas’ current statues at the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall has officially reached its public fundraising phase.

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The Democratic candidate for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District has officially conceded the race, but also called for the counting of each absentee ballot in the district.

Arkansas State Sen. Joyce Elliott lost to incumbent congressman French Hill by around 10%, which amounted to around 30,000 votes. The race had been the closest congressional race in the state, and Democrats’ best change at flipping a seat. Polling showed less that one percentage point separating Elliott and Hill up to Election Day.

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Within minutes of Arkansas' polls closing, the Associated Press called both the Presidential race and Senate race, with President Donald Trump winning the state and Senator Tom Cotton being elected to another term.

The Associated Press has also called the race for Arkansas' 2nd congressional district, with Rep. French Hill winning reelection

Here are the final Arkansas election results from the Associated Press.

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In the final stretch before polls close in Arkansas for the 2020 election, the candidates for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District race are making their final appeals to voters across the district.

Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate running to unseat incumbent Congressman French Hill, a Republican, called today a "tiebreaking day" and is visiting polling places throughout the district.

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It’s a fall Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium, and there’s a crowd of over 100 cars assembled at its parking lot. However, this isn’t a football game, this is a drive-in political rally for Joyce Elliott, who’s running for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District seat.

Volunteers are checking in attendees and directing cars, which are spaced out with one parking spot in between. Others are passing out signs and buttons while the stage is being assembled in the front. Everyone volunteering, and almost all attendees in their cars, are wearing masks.

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Voters in North Little Rock will have four candidates to choose from to serve as their next mayor. Incumbent Joe Smith said last year he would not seek a third term in office.

KUAR spoke with each of the four people running in the nonpartisan race. The third candidate in the series is former North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick.

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Voters in North Little Rock will have four candidates to choose from to serve as their next mayor. Incumbent Joe Smith said last year he would not seek a third term in office. 

KUAR spoke with each of the four people running in the nonpartisan race. The first in the series is middle school educator Alice Kunce. 

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With the general election less than two weeks away, Arkansans currently have three ways to vote: on Election Day, Nov. 3, during early voting which runs until Nov. 2, or with an absentee ballot, where the deadline to apply to receive one by mail is Oct. 27. 

On the Arkansas absentee ballot application itself, voters must choose between three options for requesting a ballot.

They are:

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has surpassed the 100,000 mark as the state added over 800 cases Tuesday. 

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state added a total of 844 new coronavirus cases, with 628 of them confirmed and 216 probable. The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas is now 100,441.

During his weekly briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson also announced that he was limiting meetings and appearances after a possible exposure to the coronavirus during a meeting last Friday.

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Little Rock voters will have their first chance in more than five years to select members of a locally-elected board to oversee the Little Rock School District. 

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Why are you running for the Little Rock School Board?

“One of the reasons [is] I feel at a time where there’s so much mistrust in science. I feel almost it’s a moral obligation for scientists to run. And on top of that, in addition, I also feel that the Little Rock School District, having been under state control, I felt in the last five years, there wasn’t an overall improvement in the metrics in student learning and gains and I feel that with my experience in both science and education, I feel morally obligated to try and make a difference." 

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Why did you decide to run for the Little Rock School Board?

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Why are you running for the Little Rock School Board?

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Why did you decide to run for a position on the Little Rock School Board?

"I want to take the opportunity to maximize my strengths and help with the team, if I’m elected, move the needle forward for the success of our students. Everything should be student focused and I believe in that." 

What education experience do you have?

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Why did you decide to run for the Little Rock School Board?

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Why did you decide to run for the Little Rock School Board?

“I’m a graduate and a product of the Little Rock School District, graduate of Little Rock Central [High School], 1976. And [the]Little Rock School District during those years was one of the best school districts in the state. All of my children have graduated from the Little Rock School District…My reasons are to better our school district, to bring it back to top form, to help students and families become productive citizens in our state and our city."

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Government spending and taxes emerged as main topics during a debate between candidates for Arkansas’ 3rd congressional district on Tuesday. 

Republican Congressman Steve Womack, the incumbent, spoke on his experience on the House Budget Committee and his vote for the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the economic impact he said it had.   

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The issue of healthcare and the future of the Affordable Care Act were main topics during a debate between two candidates for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District.

The debate, held by Arkansas PBS, between incumbent congressman French Hill (R), and Arkansas state senator Joyce Elliott (D), ranged in discussion between police funding, preparation for another pandemic and working across the aisle in bipartisanship. 

When answering a question concerning the future of healthcare, Elliott said she believes Congress should work towards improving the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

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The Arkansas Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act Steering Committee approved over $25 million in allotted federal spending to go to programs addressing food insecurity, suicide prevention for veterans and others.

The committee, which met for the second day in a row on Wednesday, authorized the spending of about $27.3 million of federal funds.

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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.

Arkansas Cinema Society

Like many other events across the state, this year’s Filmland, a four-day film-festival in Little Rock created by the Arkansas Cinema Society, went under modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KUAR’s Sarah Kellogg spoke with Kathryn Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Cinema Society, about this year’s festival and the films selected for screenings. Below is a transcription of the interview that aired on KUAR.

KUAR: What was the planning situation like for Filmland this year?

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The cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has now surpassed 80,000 as the state added over 400 confirmed cases Tuesday.

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state added 706 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. 482 of them are confirmed, while 224 are considered probable. The total number of confirmed cases is 80,003. Adding probable cases increases that total to 82,755.

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The state’s CARES Act Steering committee has approved an additional list of items that that would be pre-approved for Arkansas’ cities and counties to use CARES funding for.

This approval comes after a meeting earlier in the month that authorized $150 million to be split evenly among the Arkansas Municipal League and the Association of Arkansas Counties.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson shows a graph with the number of Arkansans hospitalized with COVID-19 since March.
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The rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continues to increase as Arkansas added 486 new confirmed cases Tuesday, bringing the cumulative total to 74,772. Of those cases, 6,188 are considered active, according to the state Department of Health.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased by 12 for a total of 459. 12 more people have died from the disease caused by the coronavirus, bringing the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 1,060.

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Arkansas’ unemployment rate ended its decreasing trend in the month of August, increasing by .3%. The current unemployment rate in the state is now 7.4%

According to data produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Arkansas’ unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate, which totaled 8.4% in August.

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Arkansas added just over 600 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the cumulative number of cases nears 71,000.

According to numbers from the Arkansas Department of Health, the state saw 606 new coronavirus cases. The total number of cases is now 70,731. Of those cases, 5,572 are considered active. 

Speaking during a briefing on the coronavirus, taking place Wednesday in Batesville, Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke on the northeast section of the state, which reported the highest percentage of growth of positive cases between September 6 and 12.

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One week after seeing its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases, Arkansas has again added the largest number of daily COVID-19 cases to its total since the pandemic began.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state tallied 1,107 new coronavirus cases. The total number of cases in the state is now 67,911. Of the total number of cases, 5,713 are considered active.

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Arkansas added nearly 400 new daily COVID-19 cases to its total as the cumulative number of cases nears 67,000.

The number of cases comes as Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he will hold the final weekday COVID-19 briefing Friday and will instead switch to a weekly update or on an as-needed basis.

Speaking on the decision, Hutchinson cited a greater accessibility of COVID-19 data from the Arkansas Department of Health as one reason for the change, though fewer briefings does not mean the dangers of COVID-19 have diminished.

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The Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee approved on Wednesday the spending of over $211 million in federal aid to go towards establishing or maintaining multiple programs in the state. 

The committee, which determines how federal coronavirus aid is spent in the state, approved the spending of $211,225,000, with $150 million of that approved funding to be split between the Arkansas Municipal League and the Association of Arkansas Counties.

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