Rachel Hubbard

Associate Director/General Manager

After three years as a part-time announcer at KTJS Radio in Hobart, Rachel Hubbard started her career at KOSU as a student reporter in 1999. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University, she served as KOSU’s state capitol reporter and news director. Today, in her role as associate director/general manager, Rachel continues to oversee the newsroom but also manages the day to day operations of the station. During her tenure at KOSU, Rachel has won national awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., and the Scripps Howard Foundation for her news coverage. She has also received numerous state and regional awards for news coverage and has been named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40. Rachel loves to cook and is fond of non-traditional her non-traditional travel destinations including Timbuktu, Mali and a pygmy village in Uganda. She lives in Edmond with her husband Matt, stepsons Alex and Rafe and her two dogs, Oscar and Felix.

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Bombing Anniversary Stories
4:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Your Stories: The OKC Bombing 20 Years Later

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Nearly 50 people have already contributed to the community story that will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Some of the stories are haunting and really made us stop and think like this one from Lindsey Wilson

"I was 5 years old and was at Baptist Hospital.  We were there for a procedure for my dad.  I was in the elevator with my mother and grandparents.  I'll never forget when the elevator shook from the blast.  I remember looking up to my pawpaw and asking him what it was.  He just made something up like 'a helicopter landing'.  The next thing I remember is them moving my dad to a bed in the emergency room and looking out through the drapes as survivors were brought in.  The image of people with soot and blood all over them is etched in my memory." 

It was a horrific act of terrorism, and we want to honor our collective experience in a documentary.  Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary.  We all remember exactly where we were that day, whether we were in high school or just sitting down to work.  We're looking to tell the community's story, especially stories that and untold or undertold?

Where were you that day?  Did you feel or see the detonation? Where were you when you heard the news? How were you called upon to help in the aftermath? How were you affected? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has an amazing story that tells the experience in a way that we all need to hear.

If you are willing to share your memories and stories from that day and the impact on your life, we'd like to hear from you. You can share your story on this specially dedicated site, and we may contact you later for more information.  We'll also be recording listeners' recollections on a specially dedicated phone line -- (405) 325-8700 -- and sharing them on the air and online. If you know someone with a story to tell, please encourage them to call, too.

Education
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:47 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Politics
10:34 am
Mon February 2, 2015

A Tribute to Marie Price Upon Her Retirement

Marie Price

On this first day of the legislative session, I would like to take a moment of personal privilege. Today, marks the end of an era, a passing of time few will probably notice but many should. It’s the first day Marie Price, the dean of the capitol press corps won’t be there to cover the chaos. She retired Friday.

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Around the Nation
7:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Oklahoma Executes 1st Inmate Since Lethal Injection Problems

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 2:22 pm

Copyright 2015 KOSU-FM. To see more, visit http://www.kosu.org.

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Survey
2:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Changes Coming for Morning Edition & All Things Considered

Beginning November 17, you may find yourself a little off kilter when you listen to Morning Edition.  We hear from many of you that you know you're late if you hear the local weather and you haven't reached a certain part in your commute or gotten your kids out the door.  Well, you might want to reset those clocks.

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2014 Elections
1:08 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Oklahoma Forum Recaps Gubernatorial Debate

On Sunday, our partners at OETA hosted an analysis on last week's gubernatorial debate between Governor Mary Fallin and State Representative Joe Dorman.

Hosted by OETA's Dick Pryor, the Oklahoma Forum panel includes Rachel Hubbard of KOSU, Shawn Ashley of eCapitol, Rick Green of The Oklahoman, and Brandon Lenoir of Oklahoma State University.

The statewide general election takes place on Tuesday, November 4 and early voting begins Thursday, October 30. More information at ok.gov/elections.

Same-Sex Marriage
8:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Crowd Oklahoma County Court Clerk's Office to Get Married

Jennifer Hasler (left) and Karina Tittjung (right)
Rachel Hubbard

Same-sex couples across Oklahoma began to marry on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up appeals on several same-sex marriage rulings earlier in the day. That action caused the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on their ruling against the ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Ryan LaCroix reports on the couples that jumped at the chance to get married in Oklahoma County on Monday.

Roughly two dozen couples filtered into a crowded Oklahoma County Court Clerk’s office on Monday. Oklahoma County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples early Monday afternoon.

Mary Pavliska and her partner Brandie Hobia have been together since 2011 and are adopting a child together. Mary says although the day has been confusing, she’s happy with the end result.

“I called you about 9 a.m. and said ‘Let’s go!’ Then, we had to wait. Then, we had to wait longer, then I said, ‘Now, we’re really going. Apparently, it’s official now, so we’re going.’ I came to work a Pavliska and I’m leaving a Hobia, so I can’t really complain.”

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Education
11:02 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Where Did Education Standards Come From?

1983 Education Reform Report
Credit Creative Commons

Until recently, outside of education, no one really cared about education standards.  Few people outside of education really thought much about it before the Common Core controversy.  But where did these standards come from, and why do we have them?


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Education
11:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On Tap: What's Going On With Education in Oklahoma?

Common Core, high stakes testing, A to F grading of schools, teacher shortages… it’s hard to sort out what is going on in Oklahoma schools, and we’re in the middle of an election that is likely to change the direction again.  Join us for On Tap, where we’ll discuss with teachers, administrators and the Oklahoma Department of Education what has happened and what we can expect in our kids’ classrooms next.

The event starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 27 at Picasso Café located at 3009 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

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All Tech Considered
5:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

After a tornado leveled Moore, Okla., last year, firefighter Shonn Neidel (left) developed an app that helps first responders locate storm shelters under the wreckage.
Courtesy of Shonn Neidel

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:24 pm

After a devastating tornado rolled through Moore, Okla., last May, firefighters were scrambling to pull people out of storm shelters. Actually finding those shelters, though, was difficult. Landmarks had been swept away, and the town's emergency dispatcher was overwhelmed with calls.

"Yes, we're at 604 South Classen. There's people down," one caller said. "We're stuck under rubble. ... Please hurry."

Shonn Neidel was one of the firefighters rushing to rescue people that day, and he quickly saw a problem.

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