Jacqueline Froelich

KUAF Reporter, "Ozarks at Large" and NPR Correspondent

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards. 

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Over Memorial Day weekend, the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese teamed up with the Arkansas Department of Health Northwest and Joseph Bates Outreach Clinic in Springdale to mass test over 200 residents for COVID-19. Individuals and families waited in long lines in vehicles at the Jones Center for Nonprofits to be tested, as well as to secure groceries donated by Tyson Foods, to be counted in the U.S. Census and to obtain free masks. 

On today's show, we have the latest information from Governor Asa Hutchinson's daily coronavirus response briefing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Plus, we hear about the strict rules Arkansas dentists have to negotiate to open safely. And, we find out how Emmy-nominated composer and installation artist Amos Cochran is adapting to working as a musician during the pandemic.

Self-employed Arkansans approved for CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are starting to receive cash benefits following weeks of technical delays. According to Arkansas Secretery of Commerce Mike Preston, out of 33,000 applicants, over 19,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants have received interim approval.


As of May 11, dental clinics across Arkansas are treating patients again, under strict state COVID-19 directive requirements to protect both patients and practitioners. Dr. Pierce Osborne, president of the Arkansas State Dental Association, says compliance with the challenging new directive raised concerns among certain stakeholders, which are being resolved. 

On today's show, we get an update from Governor Asa Hutchinson who announced the single-highest increase in coronavirus cases in the state in a 24-hour period. Plus, we head to the Fayetteville Public Library for a tour of the ongoing expansion project. And, we find out how the Walton Arts Center and a local textile shop are connecting with people while their in-person operations remain shut down.