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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Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, recipients are given legal work authorization; however, students pursuing a teaching career cannot gain licensure in Arkansas even though they take the same courses and undergo the same training as their classmates. House Bill 1594, sponsored by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, aims to change that.

On today's show, we hear about the impact the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on food insecurity in the Arkansas River Valley and the state's tourism industry. Plus, we find out why the Fayetteville Housing Board of Commissioners voted to terminate the employment of the agency's executive director. And, we speak with local singer-songwriter Ashtyn Barbaree about an upcoming performance and making new music during the pandemic.

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This week marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. To commemorate the milestone, we’re speaking with Arkansans from all walks of life about their experiences and reflections 12 months into the pandemic. Today we hear from Lacie Bray.

On today's show, we head to Fayetteville's industrial park where a group of residents is concerned an unmarked cemetery is being covered up by a development. Plus, we find out what the new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean for Arkansans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And, we celebrate the many identities of women in this week's edition of Sound Perimeter with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe.

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This week marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. To commemorate the milestone, we’re speaking with Arkansans from all walks of life about their experiences and reflections 12 months into the pandemic. Today we hear from Maurissa Roberts.

On today's show, we speak with local restaurant owners and operators about their frustrations with the governor's recent decisions regarding vaccine rollout and state mandates for businesses. Plus, we head to southeast Fayetteville where a degraded wetland is undergoing ecological restoration and master planning. And, we check in with Walter Ferguson of Honey Collective to find out how the jazz and hip-hop fusion band has managed to keep creating music during the pandemic.

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This week marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. To commemorate the milestone, we’re speaking with Arkansans from all walks of life about their experiences and reflections 12 months into the pandemic. Today we hear from Sheldon Riklon.

On today's show, we have a discussion about the complexities of the state's latest proposed Medicaid expansion program called ARHOME. And, we find out about Arkansas's two new varieties of wine grapes that were developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture following decades of breeding and research. Plus, we learn about proposed legislation that would allow schools to create bilingual and dual immersion programs that supporters say benefit both English learners and native English speakers.

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This week marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state. To commemorate the milestone, we’re speaking with Arkansans from all walks of life about their experiences and reflections 12 months into the pandemic. Today we hear from Christhian Saavedra.

On today's show, we hear about a resolution that supports the enrollment of Arkansas Marshallese in Medicaid, after the entitlement was restored to COFA migrants last year. Plus, we find out the details of a proposed bill in the Arkansas House that would create standards for rental housing and simplify the evictions process. And, we head to the big screen and the archives with Randy Dixon of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

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