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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For many musicians, the COVID-19 pandemic brought their concert schedules to a screeching halt. Some have adapted by hosting virtual performances. Emmy-nominated composer and installation artist Amos Cochran is adapting by setting a goal to produce seven new works by the end of the year. Niente is the first of those and it's being released digitally May 22.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's daily coronavirus briefing. Plus, we find out about a legislative effort in Washington, D.C. that aims to help local news outlets across the country that are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. We also hear from two local organizations about why they need volunteers and sponsors for their gardening projects. And, we head to Rome. Sort of.

NWA Food Bank is allowing volunteers to work in its garden again starting this week. The fresh produce will be distributed through the organization's mobile food pantries.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we take a look at the issues surrounding the state's rollout of both the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Arkansas Ready for Business programs. And, we speak with the organizers of Special Olympics Arkansas as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary. 

Since its founding in 1970, Special Olympics Arkansas has grown to serve more than 15,000 athletes around the state. Although COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of events like this week's Summer Games, the nonprofit is still honoring athletes and delivering programs in new ways.