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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Whether to analyze previously untested evidence found during a murder investigation over 20 years ago was the main argument during the Arkansas Supreme Court’s first oral argument of the 2019 fall term.

Speaking Thursday in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Arkansas Capitol, Olga Akselrod, an attorney for appellant Stacey Johnson argued evidence that was not tested at the time of the investigation, which ultimately convicted Johnson, should now be tested, given the advancement of technology that would allow for such analysis.

Despite recent news concerning her health, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will still be speaking this evening in Little Rock. The lecture, part of the Clinton School and Clinton Foundation’s Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture series had to move to the Verizon Center due to high demand for tickets. 

Terri Beiner is the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law. She says one of the reasons Ginsburg may be so popular is her inspiring story.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) talking to reporters in his Capitol office.
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Less than a year into his second term, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has accomplished several of his priorities. During this year’s legislative session, his main four goals: an increase in teacher pay, the passage of the final part of his tax plan, funding for state highways and a transformation of Arkansas’s state government all made it through.

Another priority for Hutchinson is greater broadband access across the state for both schools and rural areas.

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After an eight-week, hands-on lab, the two short films created by the Arkansas Cinema Society’s Teen Girl Filmmaking Lab premiered to a full crowd on Thursday night.

The short films, "Ensemble" and "Justitia" were part of the 'Girls Night' program for this year’s Filmland festival in Little Rock. They preceded a screening of the film "Troop Zero," where writer Lucy Alibar and Bert, half of the directing duo Bert and Bertie, were both in attendance to answer questions about the film afterwards.

River Market District
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Starting Friday night, visitors to the River Market District will be able to bring alcoholic beverages outside as a part of the newly established entertainment district. 

The four-block zone stretches along President Clinton Ave. from South Cumberland St. to Interstate 30. Patrons 21 and older will be allowed to carry their drink in the established zone as long as they have purchased the approved wristband and cup.

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Speaking on President Donald Trump’s recent comments on purchasing Greenland from Denmark, Sen. Tom Cotton said there is a logical case for wanting to purchase the territory.

Cotton revealed Wednesday, during the new Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch series, he met with the Danish Ambassador months ago and proposed the sale of Greenland to the United States and told Trump himself to pursue it.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law is launching two new programs that will provide free legal services to veterans in Arkansas. The law school will open a veterans legal services clinic and a veterans legal service center. Eventually, eight law school students, who are under the supervision of a clinical facilitator, will staff the programs and provide services each semester.

The clinic will initially focus on disability claims and appeals of discharge status. Those services may expand in the future to different areas.

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The appearance of both Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke at the third annual Summer Gathering and Clinton Dinner for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, marks the first time presidential candidates have visited Arkansas before the 2020 election. It could also be an indication of a larger strategy for the Democrats.

KUAR spoke with Heather Yates, assistant professor of political science at the University of Central Arkansas about the upcoming appearances. Below is an excerpt of that conversation. 

Arkansas Cinema Society

This year’s Filmland, curated by the Arkansas Cinema Society, will spotlight women filmmakers during its opening night. Audiences will have the chance to view “Troop Zero,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film, starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney, follows a group of misfit Girl Scouts in the 1970s. Its writer, Lucy Alibar, as well as its directors Bert and Bertie are all women.

Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director for the Arkansas Cinema Society, says this particular night serves as a nice contrast from the rest of the festival.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson expanded on previous comments concerning two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, including the prospect of adopting an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) in Arkansas. An ERPO, known colloquially as a red flag law, would outline a process officials could use to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are deemed a danger to themselves or others. Hutchinson said a red flag law would have to balance the need for protection with the due process of law.

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Construction for the Saracen Casino and Resort in Pine Bluff is officially underway, after a groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday afternoon.

Speaking during the ceremony, John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Business Committee and Downtown Development Authority, said the main goal of this project is to create jobs to help Pine Bluff’s economy.

"This is about economic development… about hope… about keeping people here at home in the Delta and creating an economy based on people to come and visit, have a good time and enjoy this part of the state," Berrey said.

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July marked the beginning of the fiscal year and state revenues totaled over $462 million, which is 1.4 percent lower than last year. Though some revenue sources are lower compared to last year, according to Friday’s released report, that does not necessarily indicate a negative trend to Arkansas’ economy.

Since this is the first month of the new fiscal year, there are no cumulative balances to consider. The report instead makes comparisons to last July.

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Trade discussions between the United States and China resumed Tuesday months after talks initially dissolved. However, the lack of a deal, over one year into the trade war continues to leave Arkansas farmers with a surplus of crops and fewer vendors to sell them to. This combined with an above average amount of rainfall has led to a bad couple of years for farmers without a permanent solution in sight.

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Five Democratic candidates are seeking to replace former state Rep. Charles Blake in representing House District 36, which stretches southeast from downtown along the Arkansas River.

Blake resigned in May to serve as chief of staff for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. Voters can choose a candidate at a special election on Aug. 6.

KUAR sat down with each of the candidates and asked the same questions on what they felt were the main issues in the district, and what their plans were for the legislature. 

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Five Democratic candidates are seeking to replace former state Rep. Charles Blake in representing House District 36, which stretches southeast from downtown along the Arkansas River.

Blake resigned in May to serve as chief of staff for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. Voters can choose a candidate at a special election on Aug. 6. 

KUAR sat down with each of the candidates and asked the same questions on what they felt were the main issues in the district, and what their plans were for the legislature. 

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