Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 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 AM commercial radio 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 where he worked at KWAK, one of the few commercial Arkansas radio stations that had an emphasis on local news. He stayed at KWAK 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 University and graduated with a Master of Science in Mass Communication in August 2014. Shortly after the death of the station’s news director in 2015, Reaves attended his first PRNDI conference in Salt Lake City. He went through the PRNDI’s News Manager Training Pre-Conference sessions in 2015. One month after the conference, Reaves was named KASU’s News Director. He has led the station’s on-air and digital reach, especially with a total overhaul of the appearance of the station’s website and social media presence.
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 University. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Emily and dog, Ethan. He also likes fishing, playing guitar, reading, being an MC at local charitable events, and is the Friday night voice of Valley View High School Blazer football.