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KUAR Promotes Daniel Breen to News Director, Ryan Gregory to Program Director

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KUAR public radio has a new news director and program director, both hired from the ranks.

Reporter and “Morning Edition” host Daniel Breen has been promoted to news director, and Operations Coordinator Ryan Gregory is the new program director, UA Little Rock Public Radio General Manager Jonathan Seaborn announced.

Both Breen and Gregory are native Arkansans.

Seaborn, who was named this year to replace Nathan Vandiver as general manager, made the announcement to listeners and website viewers, calling Breen an “exceptional reporter, anchor and producer for KUAR” and Gregory a “vital force behind the scenes” at UA Little Rock Public Radio.

Breen, who succeeds longtime news director Michael Hibblen, who moved to Arkansas PBS late last year, has a B.A. in mass communications from UA Little Rock and has won awards from the Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists and the National Federation of Press Women. His work has been heard on National Public Radio and various public stations in the South, Seaborn said, adding praise for Breen’s arts and culture interview program, “Arts Scene.”

“I definitely have big shoes to fill, and a big responsibility to the central Arkansas community,” Breen told Arkansas Business. “I really owe so much to my hometown and to KUAR. When I first started here as an intern in 2017 I never thought I would be where I am today.”

Breen credited his co-workers and teachers at UA Little Rock for grounding him in the profession.

“Central Arkansas is my home,” he said. “I’m invested in my community… We’re lucky to have such a rich media landscape in Little Rock, and I look forward to working to fit KUAR into a unique position where we can serve as a direct conduit between community members and the newsmakers who are making the decisions which most affect their everyday lives.”

Seaborn cited Gregory’s extensive experience in broadcasting and noted that he has been overseeing day-to-day operations at KUAR and its sister station, Classical KLRE. His duties have included handling program acquisitions, promotional strategy and placement, daily broadcast logs and station automation.

“Ryan has dedicated his entire career to the broadcasting field, having served as a photojournalist, newsroom manager, and promotions producer at KARK. During his 14-year tenure at Arkansas PBS, he made significant contributions to the Education and Traffic departments, eventually assuming the role of interim Director of Programming,” Seaborn said.

Gregory has a bachelor’s in radio and television production from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

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