This is an image of Stephen KochStephen Koch is a native of Arkansas County, graduate of Arkansas State  University, and a writer. Koch, whose byline appears as S. Koch, is  special projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state's  largest newspaper, where he also writes a series on Arkansas artists.

His writing, photography and drawings have also appeared in the United  Kingdom-based magazine "Juke Blues," "Arkansas Times," "Memphis Flyer"  and former Arkansas Secretary of State Bill McEuen's short-lived "Gaming  Gazette," among other publications. As a freelance writer he has  traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Nevis, the Abacos, Costa Rica,  Holland and elsewhere.

Koch authored Louis Jordan's biography in the University of Arkansas  Press' Arkansas Biography (Spring 2000) and organizes the annual July  7-8 Louis Jordan Tribute held in downtown Little Rock. This event,  entering its fifth year, has been recognized by the Library of Congress,  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.  Koch is a research associate with the Butler Center for Arkansas  Studies and has been a featured speaker/performer on Arkansas music and  history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Historical  Association and Arkansas State University's annual Delta Blues  Symposium, among other events and conferences.

Koch co-hosts "Arkansongs," an Arkansas music-based radio program  heard alternate Sundays on KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, and been a radio  announcer for a handful of other Arkansas stations, and has done  voice/talent/photography work for a variety of agencies in Arkansas, New  Jersey and Florida. He also recently began an Arkansas field recordings  project with Keith Merck, his "Arkansongs" co-host, and Grammy-winning  musician and documentarian Joe Cripps.

Koch's journalistic awards include:

Spot News Story, First Place, 1999, Arkansas Press Association
Humorous Column, Second Place, 1997, Arkansas Press Association
Humorous Column, Honorable Mention, 1997, Arkansas Press Association
Humorous Column, First Place, 1996, Arkansas Press Association

Best Reporter, 1995, Little Rock Free Press Reader's Poll