Michael Hibblen

News Director

As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees daily news coverage for KUAR News. He handles assignments for the news staff, helps develop story ideas and edits news copy. Michael is responsible for starting a news-sharing network between public radio stations in Arkansas. 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 an internship in 1993 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, a plane crash in the Bahamas that killed R&B singer Aaliyah and the 2000 presidential election recount. He was hired by the Miami Herald with the launch of its radio department in 2003, which provides local newscasts for NPR station WLRN. Initially he worked as morning anchor, later becoming 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

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Arkansas Department of Correction

A state task force looking at the rapid growth of Arkansas’s prison population will hear initial findings Wednesday from a national group.

Medical Marijuana
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Backers of one of three marijuana-related proposals vying for the November ballot in Arkansas turned in dozens of boxloads of petitions to the Secretary of State's office Monday. Now it's up to officials to determine if there are enough legitimate signatures for it to be placed before voters.

Speaking to supporters in the Capitol Rotunda, organizer Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care argued the benefits are clear.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

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

On KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast the news team discusses the state convention by Democrats to choose delegates to the national convention, Republicans condemn recent comments by presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, after a 60 day review, the head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services announces a reorganizaiton and the Little Rock School District's outgoing superintendent says goodbye, while saying he'll still be around to help.

Bernie Sanders
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As Hillary Clinton nears the number of delegates needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, the former Arkansas director of Bernie Sanders' campaign is hoping the party can come together.

Sarah Scanlon is now campaigning for Sanders in California ahead of Tuesday’s primary there. Five other states are also holding elections, which could allow Clinton to become the presumptive nominee.

Mid-America Science Museum Casey Wylie Diane LaFollette

The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs was one of 10 museums and libraries nationwide honored during a ceremony Wednesday at the White House. It received a medal for community service, which is the highest award given to such institutions in the U.S.

In particular, Janelle Brevard with the Institute of Museum and Library Services touted the work of former volunteer and employee Casey Wylie as the award was presented.

Bishop Woosley Arkansas Lottery
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Wednesday is the deadline to apply for college scholarships funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. About 30,000 are expected to be awarded in the coming months to traditional and non-tradition students.

Director Bishop Woosley says an improvement in sales this year means they can maintain the number of scholarships being offered.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On our weekly podcast, KUAR news staffers discuss Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing a highway funding bill into law, the Arkansas Supreme Court taking up birth certificates for children born to same-sex couples and proposed rate hikes for healthcare coverage.  

A Little Rock school that taught computer coding is closing its doors. Iron Yard, which has campuses nationwide, says the city wasn’t a good fit for its program, despite a growing demand for the skill. Arkansas Business reporter Sarah Campbell broke the story.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, the news staff discusses calls for the state to return the Little Rock School District to local control, a proposed merger advancing for Pulaski Technical College to become part of the University of Arkansas System and a look at the status of legislation to be considered at a special session set to begin next week.

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