Michael Hibblen

News Director

As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees daily news coverage for KUAR News. He directs 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 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 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 radio stations in Little Rock, Richmond, Virginia and Miami, Florida.  During his 12 years in Miami, Michael became a nationally-heard reporter for CBS Radio News and later served as Assistant News Director for the NPR station WLRN, which worked out of the newsroom of daily newspaper The Miami Herald.  He 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



Mayflower Oil Spill
4:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Seeks To Reassure Officials About Safety Of Pipeline

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company executives Karen Tyrone, vice-president, and Johnita Jones, pipeline risk and integrity manager, speak to reporters Monday at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Representatives of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are working to reassure state legislators and officials about the safety of the Pegasus pipeline.

It follows the March rupture of the pipeline in Mayflower, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil.

Monday, Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the company, was among executives at the Capitol, meeting with state lawmakers, local officials and representatives of Central Arkansas Water.

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Local & Regional News
7:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Made Mistakes On Campaign Finance Reports

File photo of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr in June.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr says he made errors on campaign finance reports that are now being questioned by a political website.

In a series of reports this week, the Democrat-leaning Blue Hog Report says Darr's campaign reports listed expenses like four season tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, expensive dinners and charges at convenience stores as fundraisers.

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Local & Regional News
5:43 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Judge Sets Hearing in Little Rock Police Shooting Case

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A judge has scheduled an evidentiary hearing in the case of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Wednesday setting a hearing about a request to move former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings' trial outside of Pulaski County.

The hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, filed paperwork this week asking that the case be moved because he said Hastings can't receive a fair trial in Pulaski County.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Rules Being Set In Place For Implementing New Voter ID Law

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday approved rules for enforcing a new law requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls. It takes effect in January.

Meanwhile Alex Reed, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, says they’re making arrangements to provide free ID cards for those who, for one reason or another, don’t have one.

A contract with a company to provide machines to make the cards was signed Tuesday.  It’s hoped they’ll be in use by the beginning of Decmeber.

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Local & Regional News
12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

McDaniel & Griffin Guests On NPR's Diane Rehm Show Discussing Mayflower Oil Spill

File photo of McDaniel touring the site of the oil spill in April, just a few days after the rupture occurred.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more legal action will be coming from the state concerning the oil spill in Mayflower.

Monday McDaniel and Congressman Tim Griffin were guests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show discussing pipeline safety.  You can listen to the full hour at this link.  McDaniel's segment begins about 13 minutes into the program.  Griffin calls in toward the end of the show.

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Little Rock Tech Park
7:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Locations Pitched As Tech Park Board Is To Meet

File photo of the board considering locations for the Little Rock Technology Park meeting in May.
Credit Arkansas Times

Hear the report by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

As efforts continue to determine the best place to build a Little Rock Technology Park, three new potential locations are being proposed.

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Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas House Majority Leader Westerman Announces Candidacy For U.S. House

Bruce Westerman

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Tuesday formally announced he is running for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, email this statement:

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

On The Campaign Trail For Senate With Pryor And Cotton

Sen. Mark Pryor poses with workers at Remington Ammunition plant in Lonoke.
Roby Brock/ Talk Business

While Election Day is still about 15 months away, the race for Senate in Arkansas already has the tone of a match up heading into the home stretch.

Rep. Tom Cotton last week announced he is running for the Republican nomination and hit the road making campaign stops throughout the state.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is also stepping his campaign appearances as Congress is in recess.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Arkansas Lottery Sued Over Stolen Tickets

A class action lawsuit by two Pulaski County residents claims the Arkansas Lottery misrepresented the number of prizes being awarded during a time period when a former lottery official was being investigated for allegedly stealing thousands of tickets.

Former security official Remmele Mazyck pleaded guilty last month in federal court to stealing nearly a half million dollars worth of promotional tickets, which he activated, then claimed the winning ones.

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Senate Race 2014
12:21 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What's Expected At Tom Cotton's Formal Announcement For Senate

File photo of Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

After much anticipation, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton is expected to formally enter the race for Senate Tuesday evening, challenging incumbent Mark Pryor.

KUAR’s Michael Hibblen spoke with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas about what's expected at the event in Cotton's hometown of Dardanelle and the campaign ahead.  They also discuss issues that could be used against Cotton by Pryor's campaign.

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