My name is Karen Tricot (Tree-coh) Steward. I help individuals and organizations use the power of podcasting to achieve their communications goals and make a difference in our world. With more than 20 years of professional audio editing and storytelling experience, I am passionate about using podcasting to connect and educate us all.
I work hard to stay up-to-date on the evolution of the industry. I regularly attend podcast industry conferences and workshops. I am a member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), a global community of audio industry professionals that provides training for podcasters, story editors, and audio producers. I am co-founder of the Arkansas Podcast Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting podcasters in my home state through education and networking opportunities. We host Arkansas's annual podcast festival, called ARKAST! I'm also on the board of the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which focuses on organizing events that address issues like ethics in reporting, reporting on minority communities, interviewing victims of trauma, and creating balanced coverage. These lessons guide all of my content creation.
For 15 years, I worked as a reporter, anchor, and eventually Content Development Director at the NPR affiliate station in Little Rock, KUAR 89.1. The news reports and special programs I created were heard by some 80,000 people per week. My work has also been featured on national newscasts. Over the years, I won awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. I have worked with college students at UA Little Rock to teach them audio production and scriptwriting.
In 2018, I started working for the Arkansas Supreme Court overseeing public education initiatives. In 2020, I launched the first podcast hosted by state Supreme Court justices, Lady Justice: Women of the Court and produced its inaugural season. The project was part of a multi-state civics education initiative featuring women justices from Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia, and Texas. The podcast received positive reviews, including on Law.com.
I have also worked as a copywriter and project manager at Stone Ward, an advertising agency in Little Rock, and as a website manager and content creator for Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.
When I started my career as a journalist, one of the things that really appealed to me was giving a voice to the often unheard. Along those lines, it is rewarding for me to be a part of podcasts because each podcast contributes to a variety of ideas being shared in one space. Also, I genuinely like to see people succeed. I want to meet and exceed my clients' expectations, and I want them to have fun along the way! I hope we can meet soon to discuss your project.
Karen Tricot Steward
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Founder/Owner Karen Steward was a featured panelist at the ARKAST 2022 podcast convention. She spoke about Power of Pod's true crime podcast Burden alongside Clint Schaff, who worked for the LA Times and produced the immensely popular Dirty John podcast.