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. 

Ways to Connect

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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.

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Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox was elected in late September to serve as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Fox says wise forest management and safe wildland fire operations are top priorities while building collaboration and communication within the nation's forestry community. 

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.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville is operating a drive-thru clinic for patients seeking medical exams, but are too wary of entering a medical facility during the pandemic. Dr. Hunter Judkins, medical director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, initiated the novel extension clinic.


On today's show, we have the latest roundup of news from the River Valley with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. Plus, we find out how a regional education cooperative is helping public schools manage operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, we take a look at where discussions stand between the City of Fort Smith and the Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy concerning a Confederate monument on the grounds of the Sebastian County courthouse.

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The Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative supports school districts in the three-county region and beyond to provide high quality public education. Coop staff and specialists are also helping districts to manage operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, says new Director Bryan Law.

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.