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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Arkansas Music
1:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Book Looks At Notable Arkansas Musicians And Events

A new book now on sale looks at the history of music in Arkansas.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music was put together by the same folks responsible for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.

It features profiles of well known Arkansas natives like Johnny Cash, Al Green, Levon Helm and Glen Campbell, as well as lessor known, but significant musicians like southern gothic artist Tav Falco and the sombrero-wearing couple Elton and Betty White, who were known for their graphic sexual lyrics.

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Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Former President Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at his presidential library in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton to help build support for the federal health care law as a key phase of the reform nears.

He made a detailed argument in Little Rock for why it needs to be implemented.

Speaking to an invitation-only crowd at the Clinton Presidential Center, the former president said opponents of the Afford Care Act have been effective at building opposition to the law.

"I’m still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care," he said.

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Local & Regional News
10:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

School Superintendents Defend Programs To Arm Staff

Members of the Arkansas Joint Judiciary Committee listen to testimony during Wednesday's hearing.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

With an appeal to be heard next month, the superintendents of two Arkansas school districts are defending programs to arm teachers and staff.

Wednesday a legislative panel heard arguments about whether having guns on campus is the best way to protect students.

Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson told members of the Joint Judiciary Committee that in addition to two full-time armed security officers, his district has had several staff members, including himself, who have quick access to firearms if the need arises.

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Kids With Disabilities
4:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Improved Playgrounds And Ball Fields Allow Disabled Kids To Play

The Miracle League baseball diamond in Little Rock.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

New federal requirements that are part of the Americans With Disabilities Act went into effect last year and are changing the face of playgrounds, requiring they be accessible to children with disabilities.

NPR is looking at this from a national perspective, while KUAR’s Michael Hibblen has more on what Little Rock is doing so that all kids can get the chance to play.  You can hear his report above.

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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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