Leigh Wood

KUAF General Manager

With 10 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, Leigh has raised money for organizations ranging from small artists' collectives like Art Amiss to the international hunger relief group Heifer International. She worked as KUAF's Membership Director from 2006 to 2008. She then moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked for KUT 90.5, Austin's public radio station, working in the Membership Department and coordinating the station's special events. From there, she moved to Little Rock, where she ran an artists' collective and eventually ended up at Heifer International, overseeing the organization's monthly giving program. She was thrilled, however, to return to Fayetteville in 2013 and to her position at KUAF. With the retirement of longtime manager Rick Stockdell, Leigh was promoted to the position of KUAF General Manager in 2019.

Leigh grew up in Fayetteville, went to Fayetteville High School and earned both a bachelor's and Master's degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas. She believes Northwest Arkansas is truly a magical place to live and work. When she's not raising funds from individual listeners and families, she's recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating special events, writing grant proposals and acting as the contact person for all of KUAF's 3,500 members.

Her favorite pastimes are reading, cooking and playing with her son and daughter. She also co-founded the Fayetteville-based storytelling group, That's What She Said, and she also hosts and produces the weekly show, The KUAF Vinyl Hour.

Ways to Connect

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We get an update on the June fundrasier at KUAF and a preview of what Jesse Dean might play at KUAF's Summer Night Swing, Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library.

As KUAF nears the end of its fiscal year, we're spending some time quietly reminding you about your role in public radio. You can make your contribution here.

The City of Fort Smith is looking for a partner organization to take on animal sheltering and adoption services after city directors decided not to renew a contract with the HOPE Humane Society. Plus, three brothers from Lincoln are named the Washington County Farm Family of the Year. And, more about an intertribal indigenous women's group that will be staging an interactive program at the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville.

Enoch Pratt Library, John Mathew Smith

Born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Lorain, Ohio in 1931, Toni Morrison was educated at Howard and Cornell Universities. Morrison had a career as an educator at Howard, Yale and Princeton Universities, but her writing career is legendary. Her novel Sula was nominated for the National Book Award and Beloved would become a film starring Oprah Winfrey. Morrison also won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes in literature. This is her story.


KUAF members now have access to discounted tickets to attend the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series! Members of KUAF can simply go to Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society's website, digjazz.com to view the entire summer schedule and use the discount code jazzlover to receive $5 off every ticket purchase (up to four tickets).

Please note - this discount does not apply to the Charlie Hunter Forest Concert at Crystal Bridges on July 27. However, the ticket price for that concert is $10.