Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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On today's show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing, including information about the state's request to waive teacher licensing fees as schools face educator shortages. Plus, we look back at the month of November with reporters from the Arkansas COVID website to get an idea of how the state has fared during the pandemic the last few weeks. And, we have part two of our interview with author and AIDS activist Ruth Coker Burks about her new memoir released this week.

COVID-19 cases and deaths rose significantly in Arkansas during the month of November. According to reporters from ArkansasCOVID.com, the top 10 days with the most new cases were all reported in November. More than 45,000 total cases were reported that months alone, which is a 63 percent increase over October.

On this Thanksgiving Eve edition of the show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing as we head into one of the many upcoming holidays. Plus, we have details on how to become a much-needed convalescent plasma donor to help future COVID-19 patients fight the virus. And, we check in with KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood to get an idea of how the station is doing in a year that's been unlike any other.

Courtesy / Mercy Health System

With a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Mercy Fort Smith and Mercy Northwest Arkansas are proactively reaching out to patients and asking them to consider becoming plasma donors. Convalescent plasma may contain antibodies that may help patients fighting the virus. Donors need to be fully recovered for 28 days before donating plasma.

On today's show, we hear from two teachers about how the school year is going since they returned to the classroom three months ago. Plus, we speak with a former Kyrgyzstani diplomat, who will be the featured speaker at this week's Professor Dick Bennett Lecture, hosted by the Scholars at Risk Committee at the University of Arkansas. And, we launch the RefleXions Podcast, which is a collaboration between the RefleXions Music Series and KUAF 91.3.

RefleXions Music Series, a project funded by the University of Arkansas Chancellor's Grant for the Humanities and Performing Arts Initiative, has partnered with KUAF 91.3 to produce the new RefleXions Podcast, which is co-hosted by Ozarks at Large's Antoinette Grajeda and U of A Music Professor Lia Uribe, who is also the host of the weekly Sound Perimeter segment on OAL.

On today's show, we speak with the first openly transgender Arkansan elected to office in the Natural State. Plus, we find out why enrollment in the state's public charter schools in surging while enrollment in traditional public schools has dropped. And, we look back to the mid-1990s when Arkansas made national headlines as the state carried out three executions in one day.

Courtesy / Evelyn Rios Stafford

Governmental bodies are becoming more diverse in some communities around the state. While the 15-member Washington County Quorum Court is losing one Hispanic Justice of the Peace, it’s gaining two more—Kenny Arredondo Loyola and Evelyn Rios Stafford. The latter also has the distinction of being the first openly transgender Arkansan elected to office in the Natural State.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley, of Talk Business and Politics, who explains why he's concerned about the City of Fort Smith complying with Freedom of Information Act laws. Plus, we find out how Northwest Arkansas Community College is trying to remedy young Arkansans' lack of knowledge about the Holocaust. And, we have the latest guidance from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement for the Thanksgiving holiday as the state's COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Courtesy / Jimmy Wayne Garrett

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne Garrett has released his third solo album. Town on the Mountain is a collection of original songs written over the last decade that was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee and at East Hall Recording in Fayetteville.

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