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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Nineteen Pacific Islander organizations in the U.S., including two in Arkansas — which successfully lobbied Congress to restore Medicaid benefits to their people late last year — held the first of two virtual press conferences last week to frame their struggle for civil rights and social justice under long-standing U.S. treaties.

On today's show, we hear about the types of precautions local media are taking following last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol and more threats of violence leading up to the inauguration. Plus, we find out how Arkansas's medical marijuana industry did in 2020, the first full year cultivators and dispensaries have been up and running. And, we speak with the owners of local outdoor recreation retailers and services to get an idea of how they're preparing for 2021 following a boom in 2020 as more people looked to get outside during the pandemic.

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Anti-media bias spurred by President Trump gave way to overt violence against the media covering last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol. Reporters across the U.S. and in Arkansas are being warned to take precautions while covering armed pro-Trump protests, which are possible in all 50 states this weekend. Luke Story, director of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, and Frank Lockwood, Washington D.C.

On today's show, we have details on the two alternative care sites the state will be opening next week to make additional room for COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization. Plus, we find out how after school programs are relieving pressure on both children and their parents during the pandemic. And, we hear about the governor's new workforce program, as well as a nonprofit that helps local seniors downsize their accommodations.

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Lighthouse NWA assists seniors to securely downsize to safer accommodations. We meet the founder, as well as a couple who moved from their their family home in Bella Vista into an independent living community with comprehensive help from the Lighthouse team.

On today's show, we speak with local bar owners about a lawsuit filed against state officials after the governor extended an 11 p.m. curfew on establishments that have on-premise alcohol permits. Plus, the 93rd General Assembly convenes today in Little Rock, so we take a look at COVID-19 protective measures being taken at the Arkansas Capitol and the bills that have already been filed by lawmakers. And, we hear about this weekend's Saturday Series at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, which will focus on an Ozark folk artist.

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The 93rd Arkansas General Assembly convenes today with lawmakers, staff, lobbyists and the public required to observe strict COVID-19 protective procedures. Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, walks us through the new pandemic rules.

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Two top Arkansas lawmakers and Governor Asa Hutchinson fielded questions from reporters about the 2021 legislative session at a two-hour virtual round table hosted Friday by the Arkansas Press Association and Associated Press. Questions revolved around proposed bills, pandemic procedures, as well as the recent attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol. 

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.