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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A new map and website celebrating nearly 460 Arkansas writers is being launched Tuesday. It's called "A Reader's Map of Arkansas." It serves as an update of a similar work published by the late poet C.D. Wright in 1994. 

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Arkansas Times

A renowned traveling exhibit of art and artifacts showing the role of African Americans throughout history is now on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have been amassing primary source documents, artifacts and fine art for more than 30 years. Although they live in Los Angeles, since 2007 their collection has toured the nation. It’s been visited by more than 5 million people. This is the first time it has been shown in Arkansas.  

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

It's nothing  but Medicaid expansion special session talk on this week's podcast from the KUAR News crew.

We'll take a look at what was and wasn't on the call. Arkansas Works passes with comfortable margins in this week's long-anticipated special session but a bigger hurdle looms for the governor's healthcare plan for over 250,000 Arkansans in next week's fiscal session.

Can the Republican governor unite his party around healthcare expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act?

Charlie Collins
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Arkansas legislators have given initial approval to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue a modified form of the state's Medicaid expansion, but the margins suggest it will be an uphill battle to approve funding.

Floyd Donald / Lawrence Walker

A Little Rock attorney has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a Jefferson County Election commissioner.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Lawrence Walker, alleges that Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart "Stu" Soffer failed to honor Walker’s Freedom of Information Act requests.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, the KUAR news staff discusses preparations for next week's special session of the Arkansas Legislature on healthcare, the debate over whether the state should continue to elect high court judges and the decision to expand charter schools in Little Rock.

You can listen to the podcast above or Subscribe on iTunes.

File photo: US Sen. Tom Cotton touring military vehicle prototypes in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas’s junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump “could be commander in chief.” Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Friday, Cotton referenced a meeting he and other lawmakers held with Trump on Monday.

“I didn’t hear much different from what we’ve heard in public...[he] raised some serious questions about NATO, and I share some of those questions,” Cotton said.

Central Arkansas Library System /

The National Endowment for the Humanities is awarding a $99,772 grant to the Central Arkansas Library System for a two-year project involving veterans. Fiction and Fact: a War Dialogue with Veterans is to begin this fall. Arkansas Literary Festival director Brad Mooy says the program will recruit about 45 veterans to participate in discussions on books and media that delve into issues of war and military service.

File photo: Former Circuit Court Judge Michael Maggio outside of federal court in Little Rock.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Faulkner County Circuit Court Judge Mike Maggio, who pleaded guilty last year to accepting a bribe, was sentenced Thursday to a maximum 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Miller handed down the sentence, which also includes two years of supervision upon release. Miller did not issue a fine.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

With a school record of 30 wins, the University of Arkansas Little Rock Men’s Basketball Team returned home from Denver on Sunday, after being eliminated in the NCAA tournament. The team advanced into the second round of the tournament for the second time in school history.


More than 100 fans congregated outside the Jack Stephens Center on a chilly Sunday afternoon to await the return of their beloved Little Rock Trojans.