Chris Hickey

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, majoring in English. He got his start in public radio working as a board operator at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio during his summer and winter breaks from school. Since graduating, he has made Little Rock home. He joined KUAR in September 2011 as a production intern and has since enjoyed producing, anchoring and reporting for the station. He is the composer of KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast theme music and the associate producer of Arts & Letters

Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In 8 Days

Apr 27, 2017

Arkansas has carried out its final execution for the month of April.

Eight death row inmates were scheduled to die in less than two weeks in Arkansas in four double executions. Ultimately, four inmates were executed, including one double execution.

Death row inmate Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m.  The lethal injection began at 10:52 p.m.

Williams' execution, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m., was on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed legal challenges. It ultimately denied all claims.

Governor Supports Bill To Split MLK and Lee Days

Mar 2, 2017
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / Arkansas Public Media

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is endorsing a proposal to end the dual recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee on the same day each year.

He took to the lectern Wednesday to say that, as Americans celebrate the slain Civil Rights icon, residents of the state are presented with a choice.

“That choice that is there, it divides us as Arkansans and as a nation,” Hutchinson said.

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Arkansas dropped in 2016. That’s according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state's homeless population dropped 3.8 percent since last year and 10.8 percent since 2010, according to the report. HUD estimated that 2,463 people in the state are homeless in 2016. 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arkansas’s Junior U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton were both spotted entering the Trump Tower elevator in New York Friday.

Should the seven justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court be elected? That’s been a central question of the Arkansas Bar Association’s 81-member House of Delegates for much of this year. The group, made of lawyers from around the state, will meet in December to decide on approving a proposed constitutional amendment drafted by a Bar Association task force that would create an appointment system for the justices. 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was spotted at Trump Tower in New York Thursday as the President-elect transitions to serving in the White House. Rutledge arrived at Trump Tower and told a pool of reporters she was there for a "couple of meetings."

Three Arkansas associations of county leaders have endorsed resolutions asking the state to make it a priority to fund services for the mentally ill.

The County Judges Association of Arkansas, Arkansas Sherriffs’ Association and the Quorum Court Association of Arkansas announced Wednesday they were supporting three proposals:

-The adequate funding of behavioral health and crisis services in jails

At the Arkansas Senate’s orientation Wednesday, a rule was adopted that prevents members of a minority party from taking a majority of seats on any of the chamber’s standing committees. 

A contingent of about 20 Arkansas activists gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to voice solidarity with North Dakota Access Pipeline protesters as they challenged the newly approved Diamond Pipeline. The 440-mile pipeline is to go under construction across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Arkansas deer hunters will be venturing out into the state’s woods for the start of Modern Gun Deer season on Saturday. As many as 300 to 350 thousand hunters go after cervids each season, according to Randy Zellers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He says the weather this weekend is right.

“It finally feels like deer season,” he says. “It’s finally getting cool in the morning. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty good opening day as far as the weather is concerned to give you that feeling that you’re in fact deer hunting.”

A ceremony was held Thursday night at the dining hall of Yale University’s Calhoun College to celebrate an Arkansan who died tragically in a car accident in 1984 during his last semester at the Ivy League school.

After big gains by Republicans in Tuesday’s election, members of the Arkansas House of Representatives caucused to select their committees at the state Capitol Thursday.

With state voters’ approval of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, state agencies are beginning to develop the infrastructure to regulate the drug.

Democrats are taking the long view while pledging a comeback in Arkansas despite big losses statewide Tuesday night. The mood at a Democratic watch party in Little Rock went from excited, to tense, to somber as Hillary Clinton’s chances of victory diminished. Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Vincent Insalaco said despite a loss in the U.S. Senate race and several losses in the state legislature, state Democrats can rebuild .

Just before a historic presidential election, a group of University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Clinton School of Public Service students are visiting more than a dozen houses of worship on Sunday to collect data on how religious organizations influence their congregants' political views.

A couple days before distributing surveys at religious congregations all around Little Rock, students and volunteers attend a training session at an auditorium on the UALR campus.

Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore on Thursday outlined initial plans for at least an additional 10 million dollars in budget cuts in the next fiscal year with loss of 37 million dollars in state desegregation aid. 

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is alleging that a Jefferson County election official intimidated voters at an early voting site in Pine Bluff.

Democratic Party of Arkansas attorney Chris Burks filed a lawsuit on behalf of a voter, Victor Johnson, and Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Johnson (no relation) against County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer and the Republican Party of Arkansas.

At a press conference in the state Capitol Rotunda, Burks said Victor Johnson was prevented from voting and at one point Soffer told Johnson to “shut up and go home.”

The 18th annual Arkansas Poll is out and indicates the likely continued dominance of Republicans in state politics. The poll is commissioned by the University of Arkansas.

Through phone interviews conducted in late October, 800 randomly-selected Arkansas voters are asked 60 public policy questions. KUAR’s Chris Hickey talked results with poll director Janine Parry of the U of A political science department.

One of three Legislature-sponsored ballot issues this election is a proposed constitutional amendment “concerning the terms, election and eligibility of elected officials.”