Michael Hibblen

News Director

As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees daily news coverage for KUAR. He handles assignments for the news staff, helps develop story ideas and edits copy. Michael is responsible for starting a news-sharing partnership between public radio stations in Arkansas in 2009 which laid the foundation for what became Arkansas Public Media. He is also a regular panelist on AETN's Arkansas Week, where journalists discuss issues in the news.

A native of North Little Rock, Michael started in radio in 1988, spending his first five years as a DJ for music stations in central and northeast Arkansas. After a 1993 internship at the C-SPAN Cable Network in Washington, DC, he transitioned to news, working for commercial radio stations KARN in Little Rock, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia and WIOD in Miami, Florida. In 2000, Michael became a nationally heard, Miami-based reporter for CBS Radio News, covering major stories in the region, including the anthrax attack at a tabloid publisher, an international custody fight over Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez, and the 2000 presidential election recount. He was hired by daily newspaper the Miami Herald in 2003 when it partnered with NPR station WLRN, initially working as morning news anchor. Later Michael became department editor, then assistant news director. He also wrote frequently for the newspaper.

Michael returned home to Little Rock in 2009 to work for KUAR. At that time he also resumed taking classes at UALR to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, graduating in May of 2013.

Phone: 501-683-7386

E-mail: michael@kuar.org

Ways to Connect

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kuaffman discuss the traffic nightmare that is expected to be created with the closure this coming week of the historic Broadway Bridge, Facebook apologizing to state Sen. Jason Rapert regarding his comments about Muslims, new unemployment numbers holding steady at a very low 3.9 percent and a North Little Rock costemtics plants making a major investment in solar power.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

Leading KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast is the debate heating up over medical marijuana in Arkansas, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and medical professionals voicing their opposition, advocates responding, and court filings challenging the items that the Secretary of State's office has approved for the November election ballot.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Revenue from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was up $3.8 million in August compared to the same month last year, totaling $35 million.

This month lottery officials are celebrating the 7th anniversary of its creation, which was authorized by Arkansas voters in 2008. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley spoke with KUAR about how the lottery is doing.

MICHAEL HIBBLEN: First, what's your reaction to this latest revenue report?

Rock Island Choctaw Station
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former employees of the Rock Island Railroad joined officials from the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service Monday, August 29, to unveil a vintage sign attached to the brick facade of what was the railroad’s longtime Little Rock passenger station. Today the two organizations, aligned with Bill Clinton’s neighboring presidential library, have offices in the restored building.

Secretary interior Sally jewell transportation secretary Anthony Foxx National Park Service Ranger Jodi Morris
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet visited Little Rock Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at the historic Central High School. It was part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, the KUAR news team discusses:

Fresh 2 You
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance / Facebook

With a lack of grocery stores in Little Rock’s poorer neighborhoods, and a lack of transportation options, many in the city have long had trouble getting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reliance on junk food from convenience stores or fast food outlets only adds to the problems of poverty by making it harder for people to eat healthy. But the city is partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other organizations to offer what’s being called a mobile farmers market.

Little Rock Port Authority French Hill
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Port of Little Rock will be undergoing a $6.1 million expansion enabling it to more easily move freight between river barges and trains. The project will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says will greatly expand the port's economic impact.

-How does the health of low income Arkansans compare to other states, two years after the passage of Medicaid expansion?

-It’s back-to-school time. An Arkansas lawmaker delivers a report on the education system in the US and other countries. The state GOP removes mention of Pre-K from its party platform. And a Special Ed task force prepares an upcoming report, after more than a year of work.

- Inaccuracies in the Secretary of State’s office list of flagged felons on the voter rolls provokes a public records dispute with the state Democratic Party.

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.

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

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