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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On today’s show, trying to better understand COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma. Plus, the challenge of keeping track of a building’s history on a university campus, and much more.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is delivering more than $17 million dollars in “Project Safe Neighborhoods” grants to 88 federal jurisdictions, including two in Arkansas to quell rising violent crime. Clay Fowlkes, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas says one key component of the program is community policing — building good relations between law enforcement and local citizens. 

On today's show, a call for art to help reflect the Black experience. Plus, plans for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Buffalo National River, remembering the legendary career of Bud Campbell, and much more.

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This year, the National Park Service is marking the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo National River – America’s first national river established March 1, 1972. Buffalo River park service staff, headquartered in Harrison, have scheduled a seasonal array of celebratory events. Cassie Branstetter, Public Information Officer for the Buffalo National River, provides highlights. 

On today's show, we hear from an emergency room travel nurse who lives in Eureka Springs. Plus, Michael Tilley with Talk Business and Politics looks back on the recent past of news, and much more.

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Eureka Springs resident Donna Foster is a licensed emergency room travel registered nurse, fulfilling assignments across the country. Over the past 21 months she's dealt with surges of critically ill patients, from elders, immune compromised and children, showing up at her ERs infected with SARS-CoV-2. She's gone public with her arduous journey, to educate and warn the public to get vaccinated. In Arkansas this winter, nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations involve people who are unvaccinated. 

Welcome to 2022! On today's first show of the year, the latest surge in COVID cases and how area hospitals are dealing with Omicron. Plus, the consequences of increased foreign-owned forest, An Officer and a Gentleman rings in the new year on the Walton Arts Center stage, and much more.

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Forestland comprises nearly half of foreign-owned agricultural lands in the U.S., and purchases are increasing. Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas, discusses the regulatory and market implications. Pittman’s webinar on foreign ownership of U.S. forestlands can be found here.  

Today, we work to learn more about the lynching of 13 Black men in St. Charles, Arkansas in 1904. Plus, a trip to December, 1975 with the Pryor Center and suggestions for books to give and receive this holiday season.

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Late last week, the Conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow a strict abortion ban in Texas to remain in place. American Civil Liberties Union - Arkansas executive director Holly Dickson says the ruling, which portends the possible outlawing of safe, legal abortions in 2022, is causing great harm.