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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Hundreds of handmade flags will fly on the campus of the Eureka Springs Community Center starting Oct. 29. The CommUNITY Hope Flag Project aims to foster encouragement during a national crisis. The public is invited to create flags. Instructions and kits are available. The project is sponsored by Francisca Garcia Giri, of Flora Roja Acupuncture and Herbal Apothecary, as well as Eureka Springs School of the Arts.        

Episode One of The New Classroom includes six reports produced by Ozarks at Large staff from the first day of school on Aug. 24 through the end of September. The stories cover teachers' reactions to reopening schools to in-person learning, students' impressions of the first week of school, the changes impacting substitute teachers, the learning pod trend and more. For additional New Classroom content, click here.

On today's show, we speak with University of Arkansas students who are now running the Arkansas COVID website about an alarming trend they've noticed in the last few weeks. Plus, while it may seem like it happened weeks ago, we have an analysis of last week's presidential debate ahead of the vice-presidential debate this week. And, we hear from the new president of the National Association of State Foresters, who happens to be from Arkansas.

In September, the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas took over the daily management of www.ArkansasCOVID.com. Over the last month, students have continued analyzing virus-related data and one of the trends they've noticed is the increase in days where double-digit deaths were reported.

Buffalo National River Park Service

The Buffalo National River has been designated a Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site. The honor, awarded to only a handful of parks annually by the national Leave No Trace For Outdoor Ethics, makes the Buffalo National River the sixth National Park Service site to receive the award — and the first in Arkansas. 

On today's show, we speak with local restaurant owners as they are still trying to figure out how to navigate the state's dining restrictions. Plus, we head to UAMS Northwest where a drive-thru clinic allows patients who are wary of COVID-19 to be seen outside the building. And, we hear about the real story that inspired the 1980 movie Brubaker.

On today's show, we speak with a man who had been incarcerated for nearly 30 years about the process of getting his voting rights back in Arkansas. Plus, we find out about a Windgate Foundation grant that will allow a local artist collective to hire an executive director. And, we speak with the winner of the Buffalo National River Partners logo design contest to promote and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Buffalo National River.

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Monday, Oct. 5, is the deadline to register to vote in Arkansas. Registration is generally a brief process, but it can take much longer for Arkansans convicted of a felony. One man who has restored his voting rights says some felons may not register to vote because they don't know they're eligible or collecting the necessary paperwork proves too burdensome.

On today's show, we hear about a new campaign from the Arkansas Department of Human Services that encourages parents to vaccinate their children, especially if they've been putting it off because of the pandemic. Plus, we have our weekly discussion between Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics and John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. And, we head to Fayetteville's newest park to find out how development is going.

Courtesy / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas has seen a decline in childhood vaccinations compared to last year. ARKids First and the Department of Human Services have launched the Don't Wait, Vaccinate! campaign to encourage parents who may have delayed their children's vaccinations due to the pandemic to get those vaccines now.

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