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Staying Informed – COVID-19 in Arkansas

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With the latest local and national updates, Arkansas PBS is here to provide the information you need during challenging times. We’re proud to be your partner in public awareness, safety, information and education. See where you can find our most recently updated resources below.


Breaking News Updates

Arkansas PBS is dedicated to bringing Arkansans the most essential information on current public events. As breaking news events occur, we are coordinating with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office to provide coverage on AR PBS-1, our primary channel, and streaming content at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch the latest announcements.


Arkansas PBS’ livestreaming of government events on our Arkansas Citizens Access Network (AR-CAN) is more important than ever. As we all must do our part during these trying times to keep our social distance, AR-CAN will deliver important state meetings to your home or office over the internet. Visit Meetings are archived for 30 days.

“Arkansans Ask: COVID-19”

This Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., we will broadcast the live, call-in program “Arkansans Ask: COVID-19” statewide to address viewer questions and comments. Expert panelists include Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health director of immunizations and outbreak response; Dr. Steppe Mette, UAMS Health chief executive officer; and Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement president/chief executive officer. Veteran journalist Steve Barnes will host.

“Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special”

Immediately following “Arkansans Ask: COVID-19” Thursday, March 19, this special program focuses on health precautions for individuals and the public-at-large, as well as the pandemic's economic impact in both the United States and globally. Anchored by "PBS NewsHour" managing editor Judy Woodruff, “Confronting Coronavirus” includes interviews with officials; reporting from the “PBS NewsHour” bench of special correspondents throughout the world; and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America.

“Arkansas Week”

Our weekly public affairs program, “Arkansas Week,” has long highlighted news discussions with dedicated, distinguished groups of Arkansas journalists and political scientists. This week, host Steve Barnes will feature a journalist roundtable focusing on the economic impact of COVID-19 and more.



Arkansas PBS Passport

For those practicing social distancing, don’t forget your favorite programs from Arkansas PBS! On top of our on-air offerings, most Arkansas PBS programming is available online, either at or Plus, members who give $60 or more annually gain access to Arkansas PBS Passport, an on-demand streaming library full of new series and classic favorites. With much of the country homebound right now and the cancelation of all sporting events, PBS and Ken Burns have made Burns’ full “Baseball” documentary series available for streaming on and PBS Video Apps on OTT and mobile devices. If you’re an Arkansas PBS Passport user, be sure to check out the exclusive “Masterpiece: Beecham House.” Stay tuned for more great offerings during this difficult time.

Tell your story with “American Portrait.”

As you’re practicing social distancing, it might be a good time to contribute your story to PBS American Portrait. PBS American Portrait is a digital-first, national storytelling project about what it really means to be an American today. Arkansans can share photos, videos and text submissions to capture the spirit of our state in this nationwide initiative. Everyone has a story – tell yours today at