KUAR reporters Jacob Kauffman and Sarah Whites-Koditschek are leaving the radio station to pursue other endeavors. Their last day is Friday, July 20.
Kauffman, who joined KUAR in 2013 as a reporter and hosted All Things Considered and Morning Edition during his time, has accepted a position as coordinated campaign communications director for the Democratic Party of Arkansas.
"It has been an immense privilege to be a part of Arkansas’s flagship public radio station," Kauffman said. "I’m grateful for an opportunity which allowed me to get a firsthand look at our state - from its people and politics to its best minor league baseball team. I want to thank the KUAR staff and listeners for putting trust in our news team and its ability to relay the stories of Arkansas to our neighbors, as well as across the globe."
"UA Little Rock should be praised for its role providing an invaluable service by sowing the seeds for an informed and educated community," he said. "Thanks for listening and I look forward to stepping out of the anchor chair and being able to tune in myself."
Sarah Whites-Koditschek, who was a reporter and Morning Edition host for KUAR from 2014-2016 and has been a reporter for Arkansas Public Media since 2016, has accepted a fellowship with Wisconsin Watch, where she will do investigative reporting.
"Over the past four years I have become part of the KUAR family and have relished collaborating with such a unique team of hosts and reporters," Whites-Koditschek said. "I consider it an honor to have been part of the adventure of launching Arkansas Public Media. Ultimately, the best thing about my role has been the opportunity to engage with so many Arkansans. I will certainly carry those connections with me."
Nathan Vandiver, interim general manager and program director for KUAR Public Radio, said the station will fill the positions as soon as possible.
"Sarah and Jacob have both contributed significantly to the growth and development of KUAR these past four years," Vandiver said. "They’ve both helped us think of how to adapt and grow our service. It’s been a pleasure working and learning with them. Everyone at KLRE/KUAR is looking forward to the amazing things they will do in their new endeavors."