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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Arkansas Senate

A bill that would have widened an existing law regarding free speech on college campuses in Arkansas stalled Monday due to a lack of action. 

Senate Bill 191, which would have created the “Free Thought In Higher Education Act,” failed to advance the Arkansas Senate Education Committee when no member seconded a motion to pass the bill.

Arkansas Senate

The Arkansas Senate voted to pass a bill that would require the state to return fines collected due to COVID-19 violations, an action that the bill’s sponsor says sends a message over the lack of legislative involvement with the state’s pandemic response. 

Arkansas Senate

An Arkansas Senate Committee voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would require state agencies to return fines collected from businesses that violated "rules, orders or directives to mitigate or prevent the spread" of COVID-19.

Arkansas House

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 24, which establishes a "Stand Your Ground" statute in the state. 

The House voted 72-23, with one representative voting present, to pass the legislation. No Democrat voted for the bill, while three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against it. 

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A bill that would establish a "Stand Your Ground" law in Arkansas has advanced to the House after members of the House Judiciary Committee narrowly voted to approve it on Tuesday. 

Arkansas Senate

Members of the Arkansas Senate advanced two bills Monday that would restrict abortion access in the state.

A bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Arkansas is on its way to the House after passing the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

In addition to closing schools, grocery stores and government services due to the winter weather storm, Arkansas services related to the pandemic, such as testing and vaccinations, are also either slowing down or have temporarily stopped.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called the fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases announced Tuesday "not very significant" because of a reduction in tests caused by the snow that began hitting the state Sunday night.

Governor's Office

Although Arkansas reported a lower number of new COVID-19 cases, as well as a large decrease in active cases, Gov. Asa Hutchinson credits that drop to less testing due to the current winter weather.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state saw an increase of 177 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 313,525. Of those cases, 9,104 are considered active, which is a decrease of 1,390.

Additionally, the state saw 12 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,287.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Though Arkansas is not expected to see more winter precipitation until Sunday, below freezing temperatures in the next couple of days still pose a danger to the state’s roadways.

Arkansas Senate

A bill that would ban all abortions in the state with few exceptions will now go to the Arkansas Senate floor after a committee voted to advance it Wednesday.

Under Senate Bill 6, a person is not allowed to perform an abortion under any circumstance unless it is to "save the life or preserve the health of the child, remove a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion or remove an ectopic pregnancy."

Arkansas House

An Arkansas House committee declined to advance a bill Tuesday that would have banned the teaching of the 1619 Project in K-12 schools, with some lawmakers citing concerns on governmental overreach.

By a voice vote, the House Education Committee did not pass House Bill 1231, which would have cut funding for public schools, public school districts or open-enrollment charter schools that taught curriculum centered on the 1619 Project.

Arkansas Senate

A bill that would have allowed for the building of either public or open-enrollment schools on land that was initially donated for the purpose of affordable housing for low-income families failed to pass an Arkansas Senate committee on Monday. 

Arkansas Senate

A bill that would temporarily pause the issuing of letter grades to Arkansas’ public schools passed its final legislative hurdle on Thursday after a majority of the Arkansas Senate voted to pass it.

Arkansas Senate

An Arkansas Senate Committee has advanced a bill that would require those seeking an abortion to know about the resources available to them in an attempt to reduce the rate of abortion in the state.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee approved House Bill 1195, by a voice vote on Wednesday.

Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Knoxville, and Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Ozark, presented SB24 to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Arkansas House

An Arkansas House committee has rejected a bill that would have established a "Stand Your Ground" law in the state.

After over three hours of debating and listening to testimony, the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rejected Senate Bill 24 by a voice vote. 

Arkansas House

As the Arkansas General Assembly finishes its third week, House Speaker Matthew Shepherd says some deadlines have already passed or are approaching which will limit what bills lawmakers can file for consideration.

According to Shepherd, 334 House bills have been filed so far, while the Senate has filed 236. This past Monday was the deadline for filing “scope of practice" bills. February 10 is the deadline for any bills that would propose an amendment to Arkansas’ constitution.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, through a video announcement, declared her intent to run to become Arkansas’ next governor.

The nearly eight-minute video, released on Monday, touches on Sanders’ history of serving under President Donald Trump and growing up and living in Arkansas.

Heather Yates, assistant professor of political science at the University of Central Arkansas, says the video provided a "blueprint" on how Sanders will run her campaign.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running to become the 47th Governor of Arkansas.

Sanders, who had the longest tenure as Press Secretary to former President Donald Trump, announced her gubernatorial campaign for the 2022 election Monday through a video announcement.

"Everything we love about America is at stake and with the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas," Sanders said.

Arkansas House

As week two of the Arkansas General Assembly Session wraps up, the rate of bills being considered will begin to increase, according to House leadership. 

Speaker Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, said House members have filed 220 pieces of legislation so far, while the state’s senators have filed 168 bills.

This past week, with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the House only met twice, while the Senate met Tuesday through Thursday.

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A bill that would require an Arkansas suicide prevention hotline to employ people who have experience working with veterans was passed by a state Senate committee Wednesday.

Under Senate Bill 27, the hotline, which is maintained by the Arkansas Department of Health, "shall ensure that the Suicide Prevention Hotline employs individuals who have experience working with veterans or are veterans." 

Arkansas Senate

Editor's Note: An earlier version of the story stated that all 27 votes for the bill came from Republicans, when one Democrat did vote for the bill. The story has been edited to reflect that vote. 

A bill that would establish a “Stand Your Ground” law in Arkansas was approved Tuesday by the state Senate and now advances to a House committee.

Senators voted 27-7 to pass the bill, with Republicans and one Democrat making up the 27 yes votes, while one Republican joined Democrats in voting no.

Arkansas House

On a unanimous vote, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill that allows participants of an Arkansas county’s specialty court program to transfer to an intrastate program in a different county.

Specialty Courts, also called drug or treatment courts, allow those who are charged with a criminal offense, but also have a history of substance abuse to enter programs that, according to the Arkansas Judiciary’s website, "integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services within justice system case processing," as opposed to entering the criminal justice system.

Arkansas Senate

An effort to establish a "Stand Your Ground'' law in Arkansas passed its first hurdle on Wednesday.

By a vote of 5-2, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Senate Bill 24, which would add Arkansas to a list of states that already have such statutes. 

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Ozark, would remove the "duty to retreat" for someone who is under threat of being harmed. 

Speaking to Arkansas' lawmakers, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the first responsibility should be measures and bills concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor's Office

 

In his second-to-last State of the State address, and final one in front of a general session, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson outlined his legislative goals which include addressing the current healthcare crisis, hate crimes legislation, teacher pay and supporting state police. 

 

Speaking to members in the House on Tuesday, while the Senate joined digitally, Hutchinson said the legislature’s “first responsibility” should be addressing the current public health emergency brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.  

 

Arkansas Capitol
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On the first day of the 93rd Arkansas General Assembly, the House of Representatives voted to seat all 100 of its members and re-elect its speaker. The Senate formally voted for a new president pro tempore, but amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic, the chamber saw heated debate about whether members should be punished for not wearing face masks.

Sarah Kellogg

Ahead of his final session as the head of Arkansas’ executive branch, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he believes his office is in a good position to achieve many of his goals for the legislature.

Speaking to reporters on Friday along with Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, and incoming Senate President Pro Tempore Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, Hutchinson brought up COVID-19 funding and vaccinations, income tax cuts and raising teacher pay as agenda items he expects would be considered by the legislature in the session set to begin on Monday.

U.S. Capitol
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All members of Arkansas’ Congressional delegation have condemned the actions of pro-Trump extremists who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, causing violence and the evacuation of the building.

The rioting began as the House of Representatives and Senate were scheduled to count and certify the Electoral College results for president.

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Arkansas’ economy continues to outperform its forecasts, according to the most recent revenue report.

The December revenue report, released Tuesday by the Department of Finance and Administration, shows the state’s net available general revenue totaled $530.3 million for December, which is 7.3% above forecast, but $17.2 million or -3.1% below last year’s amount.

Corona
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arkansas rose on Sunday to near their recent record high, as state health officials reported more than 900 new cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths linked to the disease.

The Arkansas Department of Health says there are 1,093 state residents hospitalized with COVID-19, 34 more than on Saturday. Those on a ventilator also increased by 13, for a total of 186.

Of the total 214,877 cases, with 908 of those cases announced Sunday, 21,454 are considered active, which is a decrease of 835 compared to Saturday’s numbers.

 Jonelle Fulmer (center) will serve as chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arkansas after being elected to the position Saturday.
Republican Party of Arkansas

The Republican Party of Arkansas elected a new chairperson for the first time in 12 years. In early December, the party elected Jonelle Fulmer to serve as chair. KUAR spoke with Fulmer about her ideas for the future of the Republican Party in Arkansas. Below is the transcript of the aired conversation.

KUAR: What are some of your short-term goals for the party and what are some long-term goals?

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