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Ronak Patel

Political/Government Reporter, KUAR

Ronak Patel is a political and governmental affairs reporter for KUAR News.

A graduate of Little Rock Central High School, Patel attended the University of Central of Arkansas, where he graduated with a major in English and a minor in journalism in spring 2021. As a student at UCA, he developed an interest in politics when he took a political reporting class and had the opportunity to interview candidates for the District 32 Senate seat, which covers parts of Little Rock and Cammack Village. As a student, Patel also reported on a state legislator requesting syllabi from UCA, a report that won a second place award for in-depth reporting from the Arkansas College Media Association.

Patel’s first job out of college was as a general assignment reporter for the Southwest Times Record. After six months there, he was hired at the statewide Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where he wrote feature pieces, season previews for the local high school sports and helped write the Downtown Little Rock guide.

Despite working in print, Patel has always been a fan of broadcast and Steve Inskeep is one of his favorite political reporters.

Outside of work, Patel enjoys watching basketball, either the Milwaukee Bucks or the UCA Bears.