Michael Hibblen

As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees daily news coverage for KUAR. He handles assignments for the news staff, helps develop story ideas and edits copy. Michael is responsible for starting a news-sharing partnership between public radio stations in Arkansas in 2009 which laid the foundation for what became Arkansas Public Media. He is also a regular panelist on AETN's Arkansas Week, where journalists discuss issues in the news.

A native of North Little Rock, Michael started in radio in 1988, spending his first five years as a DJ for music stations in central and northeast Arkansas. After a 1993 internship at the C-SPAN Cable Network in Washington, DC, he transitioned to news, working for commercial radio stations KARN in Little Rock, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia and WIOD in Miami, Florida. In 2000, Michael became a nationally heard, Miami-based reporter for CBS Radio News, covering major stories in the region, including the anthrax attack at a tabloid publisher, an international custody fight over Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez, and the 2000 presidential election recount. He was hired by daily newspaper the Miami Herald in 2003 when it partnered with NPR station WLRN, initially working as morning news anchor. Later Michael became department editor, then assistant news director. He also wrote frequently for the newspaper.

Michael returned home to Little Rock in 2009 to work for KUAR. At that time he also resumed taking classes at UALR to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, graduating in May of 2013.

Phone: 501-683-7386

E-mail: michael@kuar.org

Arkansas Democrats coalesced behind Joe Biden in his bid for president. Member Station KUAR's Michael Hibblen talked with Heather Yates, political science professor at the University of Central Arkansas and has a look on the factors that came together

Two years ago Arkansas voters approved an amendment allowing full-fledged casino gambling in the state. Since then owners of the casinos have been working to reach the broadest and most ideal base.

This week, impeachment proceedings against President Trump will ramp up in the Senate.

Member Station KUAR's Michael Hibblen spoke with Senator John Boozman (R-AR)---one of the 100 members who will decide the case.

You can get the latest from NPR’s coverage of the proceedings at 91.9 FM and online here.

The number of flu-related illnesses in Arkansas is increasing, according to the state Department of Health. So far, 13 deaths have been reported, which is higher than this time last year.

On today’s show, a Fayetteville man is walking more than 100 miles to raise money and awareness for child literacy.  Plus, a science fiction classic that stands the test of a quarter-century, Pastor Clint Schnekloth has his first winter reading recommendation of the season. And, a new edition of Reflections in Black honors somebody close to home. We also have a live music rundown for the first full weekend of December.  

Arkansas finance officials say another revenue report has come in above forecast and above the same time last year, which is encouraging heading into the holiday shopping season.

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Expansion-minded drug store operator Express Rx announced plans Monday to consolidate its varied office locations in several states into a new headquarters location in Little Rock, adding some 24 new positions.

This is an important day for Arkansas politics heading into next year's election.

The candidate filing period in Arkansas starts at noon on Monday (11/4) and is expected to last until  Tuesday, November 12.  Michael Hibblen, News Director with KUAR , spoke to Hal Bass, policital science professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelpha, about what to expect for the 2020 election in Arkansas.

On today's Halloween edition of Ozarks at Large, we visit a famous haunted hotel in Eureka Springs and take a spooky quiz with our Militant Grammarian Katherine Shurlds. We also head to Fort Smith where city leaders are looking for a building to house city hall. Plus, an update from Little Rock where teachers are considering a strike. And, we discuss KUAF's new partnership with the Purple Project.

A strike by teachers in the Little Rock School District, the state's largest district, is looking more likely as a contract expires today between the district and its teacher’s union. The state Board of Education voted this month to no longer recognize the Little Rock Education Association as the district's sole bargaining agent. Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. says preparations are in place.