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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On today’s show, measuring just how much food is tossed at a school cafeteria. Plus, two teachers from Rogers will measure their Jeopardy knowledge against other teachers on the game show this month. Also, we hear about the grand opening of Tontitown's new farmers market.

On today’s show, considering what could happen to the DREAMers previously protected from deportation. And we consider what one of the region’s largest companies plans for the future. And considering new ways to raise money for University of Arkansas Police ideas.

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According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement the removal of undocumented immigrants under the Trump administration, as of late April, numbers more than 54 thousand individuals. Of those, nearly 24 thousand are non-criminal immigrants, including a number of youth with DACA credentials. We talk with Erick Sanchez, operations manager, at the Immigrant Resource Center, operated by Arkansas United Community Coalition in Springdale about the situation in Arkansas.


Hundreds of pre-K through sixth graders at Owl Creek School in Fayetteville sit at long white tables lunching on cheese ravioli, pizza, salad, fruit, and cartons of skim milk. 

Their cafeteria is partitioned in half today. On one side, the smaller children scrape leftovers into large trash barrels. Custodian Becky Ramey says most of the food gets tossed.
“Seventy-five percent," she says.  "There’s a lot of things that they do not want to eat. [Some] don’t eat at all. They throw a lot of it away.”
The other half of the cafeteria has been set up for a food waste audit to draw attention to and measure the waste.

On today's program, we hear from a University of Arkansas English class that has collected oral histories about learning to read in the Ozarks; the work will be displayed this week at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Also, we get a rundown of action at the state legislature yesterday, and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge weighs in on the future of executions in the state.