Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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Courtesy: Fort Smith Museum of History

Last month, a gold, lizard stick pin that once belonged to Judge Isaac Parker was stolen from the Fort Smith Museum of History. It has since been returned, and now museum staff are trying to figure out how to afford more security.

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The Komen Ozark Race for the Cure is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Thursday, the nonprofit marked the grand opening of its race registration office at Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the last two decades, the northwest Arkansas affiliate has given $11 million in local community grants.

The U.S. Census Bureau projects America will become a majority-minority country in 2044. As minority populations continue to grow, they may play a more important role in electing officials to political office. A forum is being organized Saturday at the Jones Center in Springdale in an effort to create more conversation between politicians and immigrant communities in Arkansas.

Experience Fayetteville and the Clinton House Museum have become the first two entities in the state to join the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Founded in 1983, the IGLTA is a network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses and its members include organizations in more than 75 countries.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. At the time of his death, he was in Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers who were represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This union created a chapter in Fayetteville in Aug. 1962, and today it supports University of Arkansas employees throughout the state as well as governmental employees in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.