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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News Director

Johnathan Reaves

Former News Director

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.

In 2011, Reaves accepted a position with KASU to be the Morning Edition anchor and a news producer. He also worked on his graduate degree at Arkansas State and graduate with a Master of Science in Mass Communication in August 2014. Reaves was named as KASU's news director in August of 2015.

He is an award-winning journalist. His work in public radio has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Arkansas Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an adjunct professor at Arkansas State Universit-Newport. He has taught Oral Communication, Advanced Reporting, Multimedia Reporting and Audio Production classes. Reaves has also served on the Public Media Journalists Association Board of Directors as a Small Station Representative.

He is also a sound technician for the First Baptist Church and for the First National Bank Arena. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Emily.