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 Children’s Safety Center provided services to fewer kids during the pandemic, but advocates say fewer reports does not mean child abuse wasn’t still happening. Plus, Marshallese are enrolling in Arkansas Medicaid for the first time under a new state program, summer reading suggstions, and much more.

Reports of child abuse in Arkansas decreased in 2020. A statewide hotline received 9,700 fewer calls and the Children's Safety Center in Springdale experienced a 15 percent decrease in the number of children they served. However, advocates say the declines do not mean child abuse and neglect were happening less.

On today’s show, Springdale Public Schools is working on a project to install around 7,000 solar panels on 25 acres to help power three of its campuses on the east side of town.  Plus, “Nurses Crushing Covid,” composed of 120 volunteer nurses and doctors are administering thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in Northwest Arkansas, and much more.

Springdale Public Schools is partnering with Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today’s Power Inc. on a new 2.4 megawatt solar facility near Sonora Middle School. The project is expected to offset approximately 95 percent of the total energy used at three schools and save the district $2 million over 20 years.

On today's show,  calls to the statewide vaccination appointment hotline have slowed, but health officials say they still plan to continue providing the service.  Plus artists have a chance to help shape the future of the Jones Center in Springdale, taking note of the 100th anniversary of the mass killings in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, and much more.

Since launching in May, a statewide vaccination appointment call center has received approximately 24,000 calls. Although call volume has decreased, an Arkansas Department of Health official say they will continue providing the service.

On today's show, farming, stress, and the efforts to aid farmers in need. Plus, incentives for unvaccinated Arkansans, a new art exhibition series in downtown Springdale, the effort to tame America's largest rivers, and much more.  

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Downtown Springdale Alliance, with support from the Tyson Family Foundation, is collaborating with curator Dayton Castleman to activate the windows at the old Famous Hardware building on Emma Ave. The exhibition series highlights work by different artists each quarter.

On today’s show, a new law is prompting the creation of the state’s first breast milk bank. Plus the expanding costs of a closed I-40 bridge, the conclusion of the decades-long saga of James Dean Walker, and much more.

 

Arkansas is getting its first breast milk bank thanks to legislators approving a law establishing its creation earlier this year. Act 225 also establishes a special fund to help support the milk bank, which will be housed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock.

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