Rachel Hubbard

Executive Director

Rachel Hubbard is a 20-year news veteran and serves as KOSU's executive director.

She began her radio career while still in high school, reading obituary and hospital reports as a part-time announcer and board operator at KTJS in Hobart, Oklahoma. Hubbard continued her radio career in 1999, joining KOSU as a student reporter. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2003, Hubbard served as the station’s state capitol reporter and news director. She was promoted to associate director in 2007, managing the day to day programming and news operations of KOSU.

Hubbard spearheaded KOSU’s innovative collaboration with The Spy in 2012, giving a platform for local music and music otherwise not represented on the radio dial. She brought StoryCorps to Oklahoma City in 2018, allowing Oklahomans to share, record, and preserve their stories.

She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and mentors young journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. Hubbard also currently serves as interim editor for StateImpact Oklahoma, a collaborative journalism project involving KOSU, KGOU, KWGS and KCCU. StateImpact reports on education, health, criminal justice, and how policy affects people.

During her tenure at KOSU, Hubbard has won national awards for her news coverage from the Public Media Journalists Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and Society for Professional Journalists. She has also received numerous state and regional journalism awards and has been named to Oklahoma Gazette’s Forty Under 40 and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40.

Hubbard holds a Master’s of Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University.

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KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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Oklahoma’s flagship NPR station, KOSU, announces today a new reporter position devoted to highlighting Native American voices and stories across Oklahoma.

The First Americans Reporter will shine a light on the issues, successes and impact of Oklahoma’s 39 tribes.

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Governor Kevin Stitt says Oklahoma's COVID-19 infections peaked on March 30 with 530 hospitalizations and have been on a steady decline during the month of April.

In a press conference Wednesday, he said this meets the first requirement set forth by the White House to start reopening the state’s economy and that he will change his executive order to allow some non-essential businesses to start offering services on April 24.

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The state panel that sets the amount the Oklahoma Legislature can spend on the state budget met as oil futures spiraled into negative territory for the first time ever.

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Apr 9, 2020

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Oklahoma has a better picture of the preparedness of local hospitals, how much testing is being done and how much of the state’s healthcare capacity that is currently being used.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is distributing 28,000 face masks to state and private prisons after a staff member at Joseph Harp Correctional Facility in Lexington tested positive for COVID-19. The masks were provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Prisoners employed by Oklahoma Correctional Industries were already sewing 1,200 cloth masks a day and making hand sanitizer for use inside the state's corrections facilities.

For the second consecutive day, Governor Kevin Stitt urged any Oklahoman with symptoms of COVID-19 or anyone who has been in contact with someone who has symptoms to get tested for the virus. In his Thursday press conference, he also told public and private labs to loosen restrictions on testing.

Until Wednesday, the state had strict guidelines on who was eligible to be tested. Those restrictions included healthcare workers and seriously ill people who had already been hospitalized.

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"Can you give meaningful context for how the current number of deaths due to Coronavirus compare to the average number of deaths caused by the flu every year?"  -- Wes H.

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