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, the final day of KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser, we catch up with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics on this week's headlines out of the River Valley. Plus, we speak with one of the 30 people whose smile will appear on millions of Lay's chip bags. And, we get an update on the expansion taking place at the Fayetteville Public Library. To make a donation to KUAF, click here.

Courtesy / Lay's

Lay's is converting millions of potato chip bags to feature the smiles of 30 ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities. One of those smiles belongs to Charolettte Tidwell, founder of Antioch for Youth & Family. Up to $1 million in proceeds will support Operation Smile.

On today's show, the third day of KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser, we have details about a waiver issued by the USDA that allows schools to serve free meals to all children through the end of the year. Plus, we get a weekly update from the governor on the state's coronavirus response. And, we find out more about a lawsuit that seeks to end Arkansas's COVID-19 emergency. To make a donation to KUAF, click here.

The USDA has issued a waiver allowing schools to serve free meals to all children, not just students, through Dec. 31 or until funding runs out. Fayetteville Public Schools is one district that has opted in to the program. From the closure of schools in March to the beginning of August, the district has served more than 165,000 meals on 109 serving days.

On today's show, the first day of KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser, we hear about a new data brief that shows the number of Arkansans receiving opioid prescriptions is decreasing while the number of individuals receiving prescriptions for the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone is increasing. Plus, we speak with John Herrington, the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. And, we head to the Pryor Center archives for a look back at John L. Ferguson's career as the state historian.

According to a new data brief from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, the number of Arkansans receiving opioid prescriptions is decreasing while the number of individuals receiving prescriptions for the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone is increasing. Arkansas has the second highest opioid prescribing rate in the country.

On today's show, we catch up with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics on a number of news stories out of the River Valley. Plus, we head to Eureka Springs where pandemic politics are having an influence on the upcoming City Council election. And, we have a preview of the new Ansel Adams exhibit opening this weekend at the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art.

Courtesy / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ansel Adams' photographs of the western U.S. helped define the 20th century vision of the American landscape. Ansel Adams in Our Time features more than a hundred of the photographer's works displayed alongside 19th century artists, as well as Adams' contemporary successors. The exhibit is on view Sept. 19 through Jan. 3.

On today's show, we find out about Community Clinic's newest school-based health center in Pea Ridge. Plus, we head to Bentonville where a coffee roaster is opening a cafe in the woods. And, we hear about a new program that provides free legal assistance to families affected by the opioid epidemic.

Community Clinic is opening its eighth school-based health center inside the new Pea Ridge High School. The clinic, which had its soft opening Monday, is providing access to medical services and educational opportunities for students.

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