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 program, we learn about the first tick-borne cases of Lyme disease in the state since state record-keeping began, which were announced last month. Also, we learn about a proposal to extend the Razorback Regional Greenway to Pineville, Mo..

Last May, sisters Anais, Elise and Emory Bowerman spent the night at a Girl Scout slumber camp in Lowell. The girls came home the next day covered with ticks. 

“One second my life was going great," says Anais, 11. "Then a tick bites me and it’s all ruined.”

Anais, a budding artist, says her hands started to shake. Her sisters Elise, 10, and Emory, 7, also started to feel ill.

“I threw up twice," Emory says. "I felt sluggish and my head was kind of dizzy.” 

On today’s show, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics tells us the latest state revenue reports are good news for those in charge of Arkansas’ balance sheet and we have a report on the governor’s personal request to peel the Robert E. Lee observation in Arkansas away from the holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr.. And, a conversation with Matt Waller, the Dean of the Sam M. Walton Business College at the University of Arkansas about the course he’ll teach in the fall about the history of business innovation in the state.

Seventeen-year old Daniel Montgomery was born a girl but by age eleven knew he's a boy. He's always stood up for himself at school. He's bravely agreed to come forward to talk on the radio about what it's like growing up transgender in Fayetteville's public school system. But first, we discuss that pink tinge in his dyed blond hair?

“Oh that," he says. "That's way faded. I want to dye it half red, half blue but that’s so time consuming." 

Things are hectic for this high school senior with graduation on the horizon and getting ready for college. He wants to study art and German. He plans to teach high school someday. But right now he's being forced, he says, to reckon with the Trump administration's revoking of federal protections for transgender public school student school accommodations — for example bathroom and locker rooms. Montgomery, of course, prefers to use the boys restroom. And on rare occasion, he says, he's hassled. 

On today’s program, we learn about a governor-appointed committee charged with protecting the Buffalo National River. Plus, a booming student population at the University of Arkansas means a need for a bigger health center. And, we hear about the nearly-forgotten history of the all-black football teams from seventy years ago in Arkansas and Missouri.