Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. He majored in English at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and got his start in public radio working as a board operator at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio during his summer and winter breaks from school. Since graduating, he has made Little Rock home. He joined KUAR in September 2011 as a production intern and has since enjoyed producing, anchoring and reporting for the station.

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Gay Rights in Arkansas
6:42 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Advocate Griffin Touts Equality Campaign At Clinton School

Chad Griffin and Kathy Webb discuss same-sex marriage to a packed Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School of Public Service
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As supporters of same-sex unions around the country celebrate recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, activists are continuing the fight to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

At the Clinton School of Public Service Monday, Hope native Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign spoke of his organization's efforts to challenge laws banning gay marriage.

He called for Arkansas' elected officials to support a civil right he says would mean equal treatment for more citizens.

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University Education
6:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Students At UALR React To Loan Interest Rate Hike

UALR Students
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After interest rates on new Stafford student loans for low income applicants doubled this week, many wonder if Congress will be able to arrive at a solution to keep rates low. On the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, some students reacted to news of the rate hike.

“It’s sort of the sacrifice you make if you’re going to do years of education. You know, there’s those years of income you don’t get a lot of times and so you [ask yourself] which one is going to put you further,” said H.L. Moody, who has been going to college off and on for the past ten years.

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Immigration
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Non-Profit Opens Office, Helps Immigrants

As an immigration reform bill is expected to be debated and amended in the U.S. Senate this week, a local immigrant advocacy group is settling into its own office for the summer.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center assists families who need to navigate processes like getting proper medical care or other services.  

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Budget Shortfalls
5:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Beebe Seeks $1.1 Million For Underfunded Grant Program

Arkansas helps pay out-of-state tuition for certain programs not offered in-state, like dentistry.
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With the Department of Higher Education confronting a shortfall in its budget for granting post-graduate students money to pursue specialties not offered in-state, Governor Mike Beebe is requesting that lawmakers use rainy-day funds to cover the program for one more year.

The department normally grants tuition money for Arkansas students who pursue degrees in fields like veterinary medicine, optometry and dentistry. The financial needs of these and similar grant programs have lately exceeded the 28 million dollars allocated by lawmakers.

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Hollywood & Arkansas
3:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Exhibit To Feature Arkansans In The Movies

Little Rock native "Bronco Billy" Anderson dances amid gunfire in The Great Train Robbery.

A new exhibit focusing on the lives of Arkansas-born entertainers who went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood will soon open at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

Lights! Camera! Arkansas! will review the careers of movie stars and directors who all had their origin in the state. Jo Ellen Mack, the museum’s curator, says recent stars and filmmakers like Mary Steenburgen, Lisa Blount and Jeff Nichols will be featured, as will entertainers from the silent movie era.

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Local & Regional News
3:59 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Earthquakes Near Morrilton Get Further Analysis

After a series of earthquakes has shaken a region just northwest of Morrilton over this past week, geologists and researchers continue to assess the area. Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey says his agency and the Memphis-based Center for Earthquakes Research and Information have installed an additional seismic station to follow activity in the area.

Ausbrooks says that although the cause of the temblors is likely natural, his team is looking at a possible connection with nearby injection wells, used in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

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Local Cinema
6:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Arkansas Sees Tide Of New Filmmakers

The Little Rock Film Festival gets underway this week.
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Filmmakers from around the country are gathering in Little Rock this week to attend the Little Rock Film Festival. The success of the festival, now in its seventh year has grown into a bellwether of the film scene around the state.

As KUAR’s Chris Hickey explains, local filmmakers have entered a new era, eschewing the Hollywood model and embracing a localized, independent and regional approach as more talented storytellers choose to stay in Arkansas and develop the resources they need.

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Public Meeting
4:15 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Tire Waste Permitting Procedures To Be Discussed At Meeting

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting on the permitting process for entities dealing waste tires in the state.

On Wednesday, representatives from regional governments, businesses and individuals are expected to attend and discuss the two types of permits: one for collection centers and one for waste tire processors.

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta To Celebrate Latino Culture

The Clinton Presidential Center Park will be the site of the 15th  annual Cinco De May Fiesta Saturday, celebrating Latino culture with activities planned to attract residents from around the state.

Michel Leiderman, an organizer for the event, says in addition to appearances by local and state officials, attendees can look forward to many different activites.

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Ballot Initiatives
6:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Law Restricting Paid Canvassers In Ballot Initiatives Awaits Lawsuit

Canvassers at work.
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Policy Advocates in Arkansas are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a new law which they claim restricts citizens from advancing ballot initiatives through a petition gathering process.

Act 1413 requires paid canvassers to register with the Secretary of State’s office and would criminalize canvassers who solicit fraudulent signatures.

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