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.

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Local & Regional News
10:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Republicans Win Big In Arkansas Races

For the first time since before the Civil War, Republicans Tuesday night won control of both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature.

Republican incumbents from Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives also won re-election, while Tom Cotton won the 4th district seat being vacated by Democrat Mike Ross.

But the margins in the state House and Senate weren't as wide as Republican leaders had hoped, suggesting both parties will still have to work together in reaching mutually satisfying agreements in the coming legislative session.

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Not Necessarily Nashville
8:13 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist Sept. 15, 2012

Michael Hibblen filled in hosting the program that week.
Joe Ely- You Can Bet I’m Gone (Satisfied At Last)
Norman Blake- The Railroad Days (Fields of November)
Steve Goodman- City of New Orleans (Live at the Earl of Old Town)
Robert Earl Keen- Five Pound Bass (The Road Goes On Forever)
Guy Clark- Dublin Blues (Dublin Blues)
Billy Joe Shaver & Kris Kristofferson- No Earthly Good
The Carper Family- Another Town (Come See Yer Ol’ Daddy)
Hayes Carll- Little Rock (Little Rock)
Merle Haggard- Branded Man (Down Every Road Box Set)

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Not Necessarily Nashville
8:33 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist July 14, 2012

Rodney Crowell- Anything But Tame (Kin)
Pat Green- All Just To Get To You
Merle Haggard – Big City (The Bluegrass Sessions)
Johnny Cash – I Won’t Back Down (American III: Solitary Man)

Interview with Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of the Arkansas Heritage Sites program, who is overseeing the restoration of Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.  During a visit to Little Rock, she stopped by KUAR to provide an update on how the project is going.

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Local & Regional News
11:55 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Little Rock Airport Renamed In Honor Of BIll And Hillary Clinton

The Little Rock Airport Commission listens during the public comment period of Tuesday's meeting.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Little Rock National Airport is being renamed in honor of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The airport's commission unanimously approved the name change Tuesday after hearing comments from the public.

Arkansas House Speaker-elect Darren Williams told the panel he believes it an appropriate way to honor the 42nd President and the Secretary of State. 

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Work Underway To Restore Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In East Arkansas

Johnny Cash's boyhood home, lifted up so that work can begin to restore its foundation.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday, dozens of family members joined hundreds of fans and residents in the east Arkansas town of Dyess Sunday to formally mark the beginning of work to restore his boyhood home.

"This project has been in the making for several years and I never thought that it would actually come to fruition," said daughter Rosanne Cash, who led the ceremony at the Dyess Community Center. "We never foresaw that it would take on this kind of life."

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Not Necessarily Nashville
7:07 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Not Necessarily Nashville Playlist February 25, 2012

Michael Hibblen filled in hosting the program that week.

Johnny Cash- Like The 309 (American V: A Hundred Highways)
Rodney Crowell- Beautiful Despair (The Outsider)
Johnny Cash- I Still Miss Someone (Live at Madison Square Garden, 1969)
Johnny Cash- Five Feet High and Rising (Live at Madison Square Garden, 1969)
Johnny Cash- Pickin’ Time (Live at Madison Square Garden, 1969)

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Little Rock Home Of Civil Rights Pioneer Daisy Bates Opens For Tours

A plaque notes the Daisy Bates home at 1208 W. 28th Street in Little Rock as a National Historic Landmark.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

55 years ago, a modest home on West 28th Street in Little Rock was where the Little Rock Nine would meet to coordinate efforts to integrate Central High School.

During the days when National Guard troops kept them out of the school, it’s also where they would meet with tutors in the basement to keep up with their studies.

Today the home of L. C. and Daisy Bates is restored to the way it looked in those days and is available for tours from the National Park Service.

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End Of Arkansas Newspaper War
6:10 am
Thu October 13, 2011

20th Anniversary Of The Death Of The Arkansas Gazette To Be Marked

Gazette political columnist George Fisher drew this on the day the purchase of the paper was announced.
Credit Arkansas Gazette

It was the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River and an institution in Arkansas. This weekend former employees of the Arkansas Gazette will gather to mark the 20 year anniversary of the newspaper’s death.

The last issue of the Arkansas Gazette hit the streets on October 18, 1991, capping a fierce battle between it and the Arkansas Democrat.

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Local & Regional News
4:03 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.
Credit Michael Hibblen

Former President Bill Clinton led a dedication ceremony Friday in Little Rock for a new $10.5 million pedestrian and cycling pathway over the Arkansas River, which was built inside an old railroad bridge.

He was joined by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and the mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock.

"This bridge is important because first, it keeps the promise we made," Clinton told the crowd.

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Johnny Cash
4:22 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Thousands Attend Fundraiser To Restore Johnny Cash Home

Rosanne Cash during a rehearsal for the Johnny Cash tribute show at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Credit Michael Hibblen

A sold out show at Arkansas State University raised more than $310,000 for the restoration of the boyhood home of music legend Johnny Cash in the east Arkansas town of Dyess.

Four generations of the Cash family, including daughter Rosanne Cash, son-in-law Rodney Crowell and son John Carter Cash were on hand to pay homage to Cash, as were many of his longtime friends like Kris Kristofferson.

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