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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Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A fourth Republican presidential candidate made his way through Arkansas on Thursday. Listen below to a report on the visit of Dr. Ben Carson.

Martha Shoffner
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to face a federal sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Friday in Little Rock.

Shoffner was convicted last year of bribery and extortion and is to appear in the courtroom of of U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

A new analysis of federal data shows Arkansas following a trend with 12 other southern states of disproportionally expelling and suspending African-American kids from public schools.

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education released the study Tuesday. It shows that in the 2011-2012 school year, 50 percent of children suspended and 33 percent of kids expelled were African-American, that despite Blacks making up only 21 percent of of the K-12 population in Arkansas public schools.


ADEQ Clean Power Plan ADEQ Director Becky Keogh and APSC Chairman Ted Thomas
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Public Service Commission and Department of Environmental Quality say they’re working on a plan to abide by a final federal rule on reducing carbon emissions at the state’s power plants. They say its “less stringent” than a previously proposed rule.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Some 6,000 inmates are released every year from Arkansas prisons, reentering society to find few employment opportunities or support. Meanwhile thousands of foster children face a shortage of foster beds. That's why Governor Asa Hutchinson called for the "Restore Hope" Summit which takes place Tuesday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 26. 

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

The top story this week: Gov. Asa Hutchinson lays out a seven-point plan to continue the state's participation in the Medicaid expansion through the private option, though officials also resume sending cancellation notices to those who didn't respond to verification request.

Arkansas State Capitol
Chris Hickey / KUAR News


 Corrections officials are considering plans to send more state prisoners out-of-state as the Arkansas inmate population reaches an all-time high. Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley told lawmakers at the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council Thursday she's been visiting privately-operated prisons in neighboring states, and will likely recommend some Arkansas inmates to be housed in one of them.

Wilbur D. Mills

Wilbur D. Mills began his political career as White County Judge at the height of the Great Depression. The Democrat was later elected to Congress, representing Arkansas’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This week the KUAR News team discusses Arkansas’s plan to resume executions, a consent decree over the 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, new terms of negotiation for the teachers’ union in Little Rock, Arkansas’s rank as first in the nation for cutting the uninsured rate since the Affordable Care Act, a visit from 2016 GOP contender Ted Cruz, and a campaign to restore the home of Daisy Bates.

Mayflower Oil Spill

A settlement between the federal government, the state of Arkansas and ExxonMobil is now final over a lawsuit the governments had filed against the pipeline company over environmental violations arising from the 2013 Mayflower oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker approved the agreement Wednesday.