Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, majoring in English. He 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. He is the composer of KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast theme music and the associate producer of Arts & Letters

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Though hog calls are unlikely to be heard above other cheers inside the 78, 838 seat Maracanã Stadium at the Rio Olympics, plenty of Arkansas Razorbacks are there, going for gold.

Eighteen current and former Arkansas Razorbacks are vying for medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Six are men. Twelve are women. Seven of the 18 are representing the U.S. Most are competing in track and field events, a few in golf.

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After more than a year of work, an Arkansas legislative task force is preparing to release a report with recommendations on how the state can better meet the needs of special education students.

The Task Force on Best Practices for Special Education met for the last time Wednesday. It consists of a couple dozen educators, advocates and legislators. 

Sen. Uvalde Lindsey (D-Fayetteville) is the chair of the task force. He says the report will call for better communication among the various groups and interests that serve special needs kids.

The call from Republican Senator Tom Cotton for presidential nominee Donald Trump to apologize to the family of a Muslim-American solider who died serving his country leads KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast.

We also discuss the Arkansas unemployment rate, the governor's hopes for technology companies, the abrupt resignation of ASU's chancellor and hopes from the state's fledgling Green Party.

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The Green Party is holding its presidential nominating convention in Houston, Texas this weekend at a time when a fledgling Arkansas party seeks to attract Bernie Sanders supporters to its cause. Jill Stein is expected to claim the nomination and also appear on the Arkansas ballot this November.

A federal judge has reprimanded five attorneys, including the husband of an Arkansas Supreme Court justice, for acting in bad faith and abuse of the court system.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III on Wednesday reprimanded John Goodson - husband of state Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson; his law partner, Matt Keil; Jason Earnest Roselius of Oklahoma City; and Martin Weber Jr. and Richard Norman, both of Houston.

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County clerks around Arkansas are working to determine exactly how many registered voters may have been incorrectly flagged as felons after the state Secretary of State’s office updated a computerized record-keeping system.

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says about half of nearly 2,000 registered voters in the county who were recently flagged under the new system either should be allowed to vote or have an indeterminate status. The number will vary by county, he says, and each county may have to take a different approach to correct the problem.

Arkansas Democratic Party Twitter Account

Former President and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton spent considerable time Tuesday night describing his wife’s efforts to advance child healthcare and education during her time as first lady of the state. Clinton gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, telling the story of the pair’s courtship and eventual involvement in Arkansas politics.

With the Democratic National Convention underway, Hillary Clinton still enjoys the strong support of many Arkansas Democrats who remember her days as the state’s first lady. But some of the state’s Bernie Sanders delegates aren’t ready to back the presumptive nominee even as they mix with party mainstays.


On this week's podcast:

-It's mostly about the Republican National Convention. How did some of Arkansas's delegates react to some of the major speeches?

-We also discuss the speeches of three Arkansans at the convention. How do their messages fit within the larger Republican worldview?

-The Arkansas Supreme Court denies a request by eight death row inmates for a rehearing, but gives them time to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Arkansas Supreme Court is denying a request by eight death row inmates to appeal a decision that upheld the state’s execution secrecy law. But the court is also delaying its order as the inmates request a hearing from the U.S. Supreme Court.