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, we find out how monoclonal antibodies are being used to treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms in the hope of reducing hospitalizations. Plus, we speak with a local woman and therapist for tips on how to navigate dating during a pandemic. And, we hear from the mayor of Gravette after his small city landed in the spotlight when a resident was photographed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during Wednesday's pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol.

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During the pandemic, everyone is advised to wear masks, wash hands, socially distance and isolate with certain family or friends. But what about dating? Sara Savannah Hiatt describes how she is strategically pursing safe romance, while seasoned Fayetteville therapist, William Symes, offers insight and advice. 

On today's show, we have a summary of the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which focused on the state's vaccination plan and timeline. Plus, we take a look at two issues that were brought up as the Washington County Quorum Court held its budget meetings. And, we speak with local business owners who received business interruption grants from the state.

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On Dec. 23, $48 million dollars worth of Business Interruption Grants were awarded to 2,136 struggling tourism, travel, recreation, hospitality and personal care businesses in Arkansas. The grants will offset operating costs and salaries, and range from several hundred to a quarter million dollars.


On today's show, we speak with local religious leaders to find out how they're adapting last rights, funeral practices and burials during the pandemic. Plus, we check in with the administrators of the Arkansas COVID website to look back at the trends in COVID-19 cases this past months. And, we have details on the new manufacturing facility that will be opening its doors in Fort Smith.

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As the COVID-19 death toll in Arkansas rises each day, religious leaders must follow strict CDC and state guidance for last rites, funerals and burials. We hear from the inspector and investigator for the Arkansas Insurance Department's Funeral Services Division about compliance and speak with a local Islamic mosque imam, Catholic church priest, and a Jewish cantor about how they're adapting during the pandemic.

On the first episode of Ozarks at Large of the new year, we get reaction from Arkansas's Marshallese community as COFA migrants across the U.S. are once again eligible for Medicaid, a measure that was included in the latest COVID-19 relief package. Plus, we speak with Muscogee artist Johnnie Diacon about a mural he's been commissioned to create for the Museum of Native American Art. And, Randy Dixon with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is back with archives focused on food.

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Included in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in late December is the restoration of Medicaid to Pacific Islanders legally residing in the U.S. under a Compact of Free Association. Thousands of Arkansas Marshallese will now qualify. Medicaid was first conveyed in 1986, but mistakenly nullified a decade later during welfare reform.

On today's show, we head to Fort Smith to check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics, who says more than 50 percent of high school students in Fort Smith are failing one or more classes. Plus, we check in with renters advocates as the CDC moratorium on evictions is set to expire Dec. 31 and Congress is yet to pass a new stimulus package. Plus, we find out how houses of worship in the region are adapting to celebrating this season's holy days during a pandemic.