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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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. 

Oklahoma is under a state of emergency following an eighth case of coronavirus being confirmed by Governor Kevin Stitt, along with the first case of community spread being discovered in Oklahoma City.

The governor declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties on Sunday.

"While impact in Oklahoma has continued to be relatively minimal to date, it is increasingly important for Oklahoma to be ready for this threat," Stitt wrote in his order.

On Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced he will sign a proclamation of a state of emergency in the City of Oklahoma City on Monday.

The decision comes after the discovery of possible COVID-19 community spread in the metro.

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The Oklahoma City Metro Library has announced all of its facilities are closing for two weeks.

More information is emerging about the new patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Rebecca Faulker, M.D. based in Warr Acres posted the following on Facebook.

"The first patient that I tested on Thursday when I received COVID test kits came back with results today and tested POSITIVE. This patient has asked me to inform the public," she said. "This patient had NO travel and NO sick contacts. This means that the virus has been actively circulating in OKC for at least one week."

Three new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the state's total number of cases to seven. The new cases are in Cleveland, Payne and Tulsa counties.

According to a release from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the county health departments for the new positive cases are working to determine what other people had close contact with these individuals and the need for further testing. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) released a statement late Saturday afternoon that said the state's public health agency is working to ensure better access to testing but did not provide details about what that meant.

OSDH also said it had authorized hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living centers and jails to restrict visitors. Many of these organizations including the Oklahoma Department of Corrections had done so prior to the release of this statement.

Officials at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum have announced that the Memorial Marathon has been postponed until Sunday, October 4, 2020. Race registrations are not refundable but can be transferred to the new date. 

In addition, officials at the Museum say the 25th annual remembrance ceremony on April 19, 2020 will be altered in some fashion due to concerns about COVID-19. The new information will be communicated to family members, survivors and first responders directly as the date approaches. 

Churches around Oklahoma have canceled or scaled back services for Sunday, March 15. However, Oklahoma's Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a statement Saturday, March 14 saying that even though churches are canceling, there is nothing that currently allows the state or local government to force such closures.

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