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As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees the planning, production and presentation of KUAR News. He directs the activities of 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 the region. 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 music DJ for 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 stations in Little Rock, Richmond, Virginia and Miami, Florida. During his 12 years in Miami, he also became a nationally heard reporter for CBS Radio News and later served as Assistant News Director for the Miami Herald's radio department, which provided local news coverage for NPR station WLRN. He returned home to Little Rock in 2009 to work for KUAR.