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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In his Sunday press conference on Oklahoma’s response to COVID-19, Governor Kevin Stitt called on Oklahoma businesses to be innovative and entrepreneurial in helping the state get ahead of the virus. But Stitt resisted following some of the state’s mayors in enacting stricter social distancing procedures, including the temporary closure of some businesses.

One of the state’s most prominent CEO's — Chad Richison from Paycom — has now sent the Governor two letters, urging him to do more for the well-being of Oklahomans.

Oklahoma has supply of personal protective equipment to last for 9.3 days. Governor Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Health and Human Services Jerome Loughridge made the announcement in a press conference Sunday evening.

Also announced was increased testing capacity. Dr. Kayse Shrum, Oklahoma's Secretary of Science and Innovation announced that in a new collaboration with the labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University that by the end of the week the state will be testing as many as 10,000 people.

Coronavirus en Oklahoma: semana del 16 al 22 de Marzo

Mar 22, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Actualizado el 22 de marzo a las 6:43 p.m.

El Gobernador Kevin Stitt y el Secretario de Salud y Servicios Humanos, Jerome Loughridge, anunciaron en rueda de prensa el viernes por la tarde que Oklahoma tiene suministro de equipatiento de protección para 9.3 días.

As Oklahoma tries to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus, Gov. Kevin Stitt is amending an executive order.

The amendment allows labs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to perform tests for the virus, allows nurses with inactive licenses to quickly get recertified, allows nurses to practive regardless of tax compliant status and limits prescriptions of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to ensure the supply is adequate for patients who need it the most.

Following a confirmed infection related to an Oklahoma childcare facility, Oklahoma’s State Department of Health issued new guidance on Thursday that will limit public access and bar sick children from the state’s childcare centers.

Under the new guidelines, parents are required to drop their children off at the door of the facility where their temperature will be taken before entry. Anyone with a fever above 100.4 degrees, symptoms of a respiratory infection like a cough or has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last two weeks will not be allowed inside.

After receiving complaints for weeks about the lack of ability to get tested for the Coronavirus or the delays test processing, the Oklahoma State Health Department announced a public private partnership Friday that will allow for broader and more expedited testing.

Oklahoma is collaborating with Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma (DLO) to increase capacity. This partnership resulted in more than 300 test specimens being shipped to DLO's facility in Dallas, Texas for analysis. Results are expected in a few days.

State senators and staff are on lockdown in their offices after a member of the Oklahoma Senate staff tests positive for COVID-19. Health officials have been sent from OU Medical Center to test all senators and staff.

This comes one hour after the State Health Department issued a statement to the general public saying testing materials remain in short supply. State health officials told regular citizens that clinicians  may recommend testing for other respiratory illnesses including the flu before recommending the COVID-19 test.

Updated at 8:53 p.m. ET

West Virginia is no longer coronavirus-free.

It was the final state without any reports of infection by the highly contagious coronavirus, but on Tuesday evening Gov. Jim Justice announced officials have confirmed the state's first case.

"We knew it was coming," Justice said at a news conference.

"We've prepared for this and we shouldn't panic. We should be cautious. We should be concerned, but we shouldn't panic. We ought to be West Virginia mountaineer strong always," he added.

It’s really hard to know what to say in this moment, but please know that KOSU is here for you. If you are feeling isolated, we’re here to keep you company. If you’re normally a car listener, try streaming us or asking your smart speaker to play KOSU while you’re working from home or cleaning out that pantry.

We also want you to know about what we’re doing to keep you informed and sane during this really uncertain time. In everything, we are considering you and trying to practice the policy of facts, not fear.

The University of Oklahoma has closed its Norman campus through March 20 after a member of that campus community tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a statement issued to staff and faculty, Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. told non-essential employees not to report to work. 

During the closure, the campus will employ a contractor who specials in critical cleaning functions to deep clean the impacted areas of campus using disinfectants that kill the virus. 

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