Matthew Moore

Reporter & Producer

Matthew Moore is a reporter and producer for Ozarks At Large. Before going into journalism, Matthew spent time in the music production industry, working with artists such as Reba McEntire, Steve Martin, 2 Chainz, and Chris Thile.

In 2021, Matthew graduated with an M.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas. When he’s not out in the field or in the studio, Matthew loves rewatching The West Wing or Parks and Recreation with his wife Emily and long-haired dachshund Oliver.

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On today's show, we spend time at Camp Connect at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a summer day camp for autistic children. Plus, a University of Arkansas graduate student is researching ways to help wild bees, and much more.

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Camp Connect is an annual summer camp hosted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in partnership with Project Connect, an outreach program by the University of Arkansas. The mission of Project Connect is to serve as an outreach program for families and others seeking autism spectrum specific resources in the community.

On today's show, we investigate the question of whether there should be masks worn by children in schools as the Delta variant surges with State Senator Trent Garner. Plus, the Oz Trail system in Bentonville and Bella Vista was completed in one day, and much more.

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School will soon be back in session, leaving parents and teachers concerned. Act 1002, sponsored by State Senator Trent Garner (R - El Dorado), is currently preventing any school district or local government from reinstating a mask mandate. Despite the rise in cases and the low vaccination rates, Garner stands by the bill, citing personal choice and personal responsibility over government enforcement.

Ozarks at Large introduces a new segment called Two Things. In each conversation, a guest will supply (at least) two things they are excited about. These week, Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams share three things.

On today's show, the projections for the near future of the virus in Arkansas are stark. Plus, some people with COVID in their past continue to feel the virus’ effects in the present, a former Razorback Olympian, and much more.

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The Grady E. Harvell Civil Engineering Research and Education Center opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 20. The new facility wil provide opportunities for improvements to safety and more economical building practices in future building codes.

On today's show, how faith leaders are talking with congregants about the virus and the vaccines. Plus a 30th season for Walton Arts Center after the 29th was cut short because of the pandemic, and much more.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris believe that invoking community leaders helps build trust in the new COVID-19 vaccinations, especially in minorities communities. Religious leaders across Northwest Arkansas and into the River Valley have done their part, having conversations about the safety of the vaccines and even hosting vaccination clinics on their sites.

On today's show, a possible new method for the city of Fort Smith to communicate with residents. Plus, Washington County residents discuss their Quorum Court declaring the county to be “pro-life, changes in rules regarding college athletes and endorsements, and much more.