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 hear from the governor, a mayor and a protester following yesterday's community meeting in Springdale regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Plus, we find out how a partnership between a local church and homeless center is ensuring people who are unsheltered can still access necessary services this winter. And, we get in the holiday spirit with a new edition of Sound Perimeter.

7Hills Homeless Center is temporarily moving its Day Center operations to St. James Missionary Baptist Church's old sanctuary. The two organizations are collaborating on a warming center that will be open through March. 7Hills needed a bigger space to allow for social distancing while serving the homeless community as temperatures drop. The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday Dec. 17 through Mar. 31, 2021.

On today's show, we have highlights from Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly coronavirus response briefing as he holds meetings with local leaders throughout the state over the next few days. Plus, we head to Springdale where the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be opening the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center this weekend. And, we hear from a George's poultry worker about why he and about two dozen others staged a protest outside one of the company's plants.

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The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center opens to the public Dec. 11. The grand opening Dec. 10 will be livestreamed on Facebook. The new center features exhibits, indoor classrooms, an indoor archery and airgun range, pavilions, trails and 25 acres of restored prairie.

On today's show, we learn about why the City of Fayetteville's voted to establish a registry for landlords' representatives. Plus, we have part two of our interview with Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero about the COVID-19 vaccines that are on track to be authorized before the end of the year. And, we hear from a professor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center who has worked for over a quarter of a century to improve health outcomes for Pacific Islanders, including Marshallese.

The city of Fayetteville is now collecting information for its new Landlord's Representative Registry. The database is being created to make it easier for residents to contact landlords in an emergency or to resolve an issue with a neighboring property. The registry will be made public May 1, 2021.  

On today's show, we have part one of a two part interview with Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero about the COVID-19 vaccines that could be authorized for use before the end of the year. Plus, we speak with reporters from the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network about the doctors and nurses they've surveyed regarding the current spread of the virus across the state. And, we find out more about the $10 million endowment created for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

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This week, the Mount Sequoyah Center is scheduled to begin renovations to its overlook area to increase safety and enhance the visitor experience. The overlook, which features a large cross structure originally installed in 1938, has long been a popular landmark for local residents wanting a bird’s eye view of Fayetteville.

On today's show, we find out more about how Arkansas United, a statewide immigrant advocacy group, is helping essential workers get through the pandemic. Plus, we speak with a board member of the Fayetteville Independent Restaurant Alliance about how hospitality workers are faring heading into the holidays. And, we find out why local band, Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo, decide to rerecord and rerelease their first album.

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Arkansas United, a statewide immigrant advocacy group, has served 800 agriculture and poultry workers impacted by the pandemic through its Essential Workers Fund. Another 300 workers are on a waiting list, so the organization is using Giving Tuesday and its annual Gala and State Convention as a launching point for an effort to raise more money for the intiative.