Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. After a hang gliding accident permanently ruined his dreams of becoming a Division I college basketball champion, he decided to pursue a liberal arts degree at Hendrix College, 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.

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Local & Regional News
7:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas School Bus Driver Honored For Heroism After Hijacking

School and City Officials honor School Bus Driver Sheila Hart, parent Karlena Lipari and Law Enforcement officers for bringing last Thursday's bus hijackings to a peaceful end.
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Officials with the Pulaski County Special School District gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor the school bus driver who “did everything right” after her bus was hijacked by a knife-wielding man in Jacksonville late last Thursday.

District Superintendent Jerry Guess, the Mayor of Jacksonville Gary Fletcher, law enforcement officers and parents were on hand to praise the efforts of 51-year old Sheila Hart, who says she first thought the hijacker, 22-year old Nicholas John Miller, was a parent when he first approached her bus.

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Local & Regional News
5:31 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Clear Most Hurdles of Special Session

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are on the verge of wrapping up a special session to avoid rising insurance premiums for public school employees.  Lawmakers are to return at 12:01 am Saturday to give a final approval to a number of bills. Arkansas Law forbids the House and Senate from voting on identical bills on the same day.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

On Opening Day Of Special Session, A Race To The Finish

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
Credit wikipedia.org

Arkansas lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Thursday to convene for a special legislative session addressing insurance premium hikes for public school employees. KUAR’s Chris Hickey was there for the opening and has this report.

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Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Beebe: "It's Washington That Has Caused This Mess"

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.

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Big Data In Arkansas
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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Local & Regional News
7:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rally To Be Held In Little Rock Calling For Immigration Reform

Arkansas Capitol

Though talk of immigration reform has died down amidst recent political squabbles over the federal government shutdown and other issues, immigrant activists continue to push the issue both nationally and locally.

Saturday a number of community organizations, labor unions and faith organizations, plan to rally at the state capitol to protest deportations and support comprehensive legislation that would overhaul the country’s immigration system.

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Disability Rights & Public Health
6:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

DHS Will Give HIV Test Results To School District, Angering Advocates

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to send HIV test results of three students to the Pea Ridge School District, despite protests from the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas. The Center plans to file a lawsuit against DHS for what they say is a violation of federal law and the privacy of the three students.

As director of the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, Tom Masseau says if a student is HIV positive, that shouldn't change how the school district should treat him or her. He says this case will have wider implications.

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Arkansans In Science
6:42 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Newly Found Organism Reveals History Of Genes, Named After Razorbacks

A uniflagellate pygsuia.
Credit Mathew Brown

Researchers from the University of Arkansas have discovered an organism they say shows a genetic link between single celled organisms and multicellular animals and fungi. What's more, they've given the organism a name that would make many Arkansas sports fans proud.

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Remarkable Recoveries
1:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

After Beating Rare Infection, Arkansas Girl Goes Home

Kali Hardig, with her parents Joseph and Traci, receives good wishes from Scout, mascot of Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Listen to the report.

After contracting an extremely rare and deadly infection, 12 year-old Kali Hardig of Benton was released from the hospital Wednesday.

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Real Estate Market
6:54 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Arkansas Home Sales For July

Arkansas housing data spanning the first 7 months of this year show home sales were up nearly 11% in the state compared to the same period last year, according to the Arkansas Realtors Association. Sales numbers in the state also show a 13 % increase in home values.

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