Anna Stitt

Anna Stitt is an award-winning multimedia reporter. She grew up in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, graduated from Swarthmore College and the Transom Story Workshop, and spent several years as a news producer at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. Her audio work has been featured on public radio stations across the U.S. She produced the series on COVID-19 in Arkansas prisons through a grant from the National Geographic Society.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we conclude a three-part series of reports about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted inmates and staff at Arkansas's prisons. And, we speak with Blake Robertson, who is retiring as president of the Northwest Technical Institute.

 

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing, which includes information about the second phase of reopening the state. Plus, we hear from two members of the governor's newly formed Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas following weeks of Black Lives Matter protests in the state and across the country. And, we have the second segment of a series of stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inmates and staff at Arkansas's prisons.

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

On today's show, we have the latest updates from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing, as well as information from his announcement about the formation of a new law enforcement task force. Plus, we have the first segment of a three-part series that takes an extensive look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inmates and staff at Arkansas's prisons. And, we find out about the expanded partnership between a local food composting company and regional grocer that developed during the outbreak.

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

This is the first of a three-part series on the coronavirus outbreak in Arkansas prisons, supported by the National Geographic Society’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.

As the coronavirus pandemic has swept through Arkansas during the last three months — nearly 1,200 inmates in four of the state’s prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.