Johnathan Reaves

News Director/Morning Edition host

Ways to Connect

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, I talked to Emily Devereux.  She is the Executive Director of Research and Technology Transfer at Arkansas State University.  She talks about the new way the Create@State symposium that will take place this year at Arkansas State University.  It will be held Monday, April 20th through Wednesday, April 22nd and it will be held virtually.  Click on the link for the entire interview. 

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The economy in Arkansas and around the nation has slowed considerably due to COVID-19 concerns.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Philip Tew about what concerns him the most on the impact of the economy.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

BREAKING—Arkansas State University Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning.  The incident happened at 1203 University Loop. After the shooting occurred, the campus was placed on lockdown. The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital.  No identification of the victim or an update on the victim's condition is available.  Police are investigating the incident at this time.  No arrests have been made at this time.  Officials believe this is an isolated incident. More information is expected later today.  Follow KASU for the latest information on this story.

St. Bernards Healthcare

For KASU news, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  There are a lot of health care workers that are on the front lines screening and testing those who may have COVID-19. I conducted an interview with Mark Wilson.  He is an APRN with St. Bernards Urgent Care facilities on Red Wolf Boulevard.  He is working in a triage tent that is open from early in the morning to late at night.  He tells what it is like working on the front lines.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas Department of Health

For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  The new directives from the state of Arkansas concerning COVID-19 are impacting the way funeral homes across the state do business. As the numbers of COVID-19 cases increase, the state issued a directive to limit the number of people in a gathering to ten or less.  In a press conference last month, Dr. Nate Smith from the Arkansas Department of Health talked about how this would affect funerals.

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections that Count”.  In today’s podcast episode, I talked to Professor of Environmental Biology and Director of the Ecotoxicology Research Facility Dr. Jennifer Bouldin and with Kinley Davenport.  Kinley is double majoring in environmental science and wildlife fisheries and conservation.   Dr. Bouldin talks about how she got Davenport involved in research with sunscreens.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Crews with City Water and Light and Craighead Electric Cooperative have been working around the clock to get power back to those who could take it…that as a result of Saturday’s EF3 tornado that ripped through parts of Jonesboro.  Special Projects Manager Kevan Inboden tells about some of the damage that was caused.

The March 31st Republican primary runoff for the State Representative District 53 race ends with a victory for Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan.  Milligan defeated Cole Peck with an unofficial vote count of 624-290.  A total of 914 votes were cast in the election.  73 votes were cast absentee, 494 early votes, and 347 votes were cast on Tuesday.  Milligan will face Democrat Shawn Only in the November election for the seat.  

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This is A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections that count.  In today’s podcast episode, I talked to Professor of Metabolic Engineering Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar and Biology Pre-Professional Major Linhchi Ho.  They talk about research that revolves around the medicinal properties of plants.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

St. Bernard’s Foundation is receiving personal protective equipment from area dentists and orthodontists to help in the fight against COVID-19.  President of the St. Bernards Foundation Kila Owens.

"The dental community in northeast Arkansas gathered together and donated gloves, masks, hand sanitizer...all of this is helpful for us as we prepare for more patients coming to St. Bernards in the COVID-19 outbreak."

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As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in the state, the prison system is taking steps to help flatten the curve.  Arkansas Department of Corrections Communications Director Dina Tyler says  some of the precautions include suspending visitations for up to 21 days, as well as furloughs.  Tyler says the more that go out in the community, the greater chance something gets in the prisons.  She says one move has made it a little easier for inmates to contact their families:

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, I talked to Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Hashim Ali and senior chemistry major Jessica Parr.  I asked Dr. Ali about the research.

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City of Jonesboro

The response to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has hit the restaurant industry hard.  As KASU’s Johnathan Reaves reports, one message from a landlord to his tenant brought joy in the midst of fear. Click on the Listen button for the entire story. 

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In this interview with U.S. Senator John Boozman, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves discusses the latest response to COVID-19, its financial impacts on the region and the country, and economic relief for Americans.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has orded that all public schools in the state of Arkansas will close due to coronavirus response.  The closures will take place Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20.  These will be Alternate Method of Instruction days.  Monday, March 16 will be optional closings for schools.  Some of the closings inlcude:

Jonesboro Schools

Nettelton Schools

Westside Schools

Valley View Schools

Bay Schools 

Buffalo Island Central Schools 

Paragould Schools 

Marmaduke Schools 

Greene County Tech Schools

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President Trump is set to hold a press conference on the ongoing response to the coronavirus crisis. Watch the press conference live at 3:00 PM ET.

Follow live coverage of the debate, with real-time analysis from NPR reporters.

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For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves. An Arkansas native is leading  a response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in New York.  Dr. Sherlita Amler is from Marmaduke and has several degrees from Arkansas State.  She is currently the Health Commissioner in Westchester, New York.  More than 300 people in New York state have been infected, over 100 of those in the area Dr. Amler is in.  She tells how this started in Westchester.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Today, we continue with a series of interviews that focus on student athletes at Arkansas State.  Men’s basketball player Christian Willis has been conducting the interviews.  This is his interview with women’s soccer player Sophia Restrepo.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse talks about coronavirus and what Arkansas State is doing at this time in preparation.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, I talked with Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Gauri-Shankar Guha and student Aaron Dent. They talk about research involving what possible economic impacts climate change could have on Arkansas.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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With the first 'presumptive' case of coronavirus in the state of Arkansas, local health officials continue to work on preparations in the event that COVID-19 comes to the region.  KASU will be talking to all of the hospitals in the region and learning their response to coronavirus.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Kasey Holder.  Holder is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Bernards Healthcare.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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In this Congressional interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about coronavirus and the federal response to the virus.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. Today, we continue with a series of interviews that focus on student athletes at Arkansas State.  Men’s basketball player Christian Willis has been conducting the interviews.  This is his interview with women’s soccer player Olivia Smith.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch has been named Graduate School Dean at Arkansas State University.  The move re-establishes the position of dean and the Graduate School at Arkansas State.  Incoming Dean Jones-Branch and the Graduate School will be located on the sixth floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.  In this interview, I congratulated Dr. Branch on the honor.  click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Asela Wijeratne and student Anjala Jiji talk about research involving pathogens in crops.  Dr. Wijeratne starts the interview.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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In the Arkansas primaries yesterday, Craighead County voters had their say on three contested races.  In the State Senate District 21 race, Representative Dan Sullivan defeated John Cooper and won that seat.  In the State Representative District 53 race, Cole Peck and Jon Milligan will be involved in a March 31st runoff.  Bobby Long only picked up 26% of the vote.  The winner of that race will face Democrat Shawn Only in November.  In the State Representative District 58 race, Brant Smith defeated Ken Yarbrough in the Republican primary.  Smith will face Democrat Jim Burton in November.   

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Today, we continue in our series of interviews with student athletes at Arkansas State.  Men’s basketball player Christian Willis talks with Women’s basketball player Jada Ford.  This interview was recorded earlier in the season.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves.  The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University is under the leadership of Garry Holstein.  I got the chance to talk to him for A-State Connections.  Here is my interview with the Arkansas native Holstein. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, I talked to Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. John Artim and wildlife conservation students Micah Mitchell, Shelby Moseley and recent graduate Jennifer Rohrer.  In this interview, Dr. Artim talks about case studies involving research on carbon and trees on the A-State campus.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University has named Dr. Adam Long as the new executive director of Arkansas Heritage Sites.  Long has served as the interim director since last June, after Dr. Ruth Hawkins retired.  This is my interview with Dr. Long about his new position.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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