KOSU in Stillwater, Okla., and licensee Oklahoma State University have appointed Rachel Hubbard executive director of the station.
Hubbard, the station’s interim director and a longtime employee, took over in the top role Monday. The station’s previous director, Kelly Burley, retired in 2019.
Hubbard got her start at KOSU as a student reporter in 1999 and has since worked as a reporter, news director and associate director.
“I want to fight for public media in Oklahoma,” Hubbard said in an announcement. “Oftentimes, people look at news outlets that are outside of Oklahoma and talk about the things they’re doing well, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t own that right here in Oklahoma and have a media resource that is ours, it’s made by us and it’s made for us.”
Hubbard is also on the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio and serves as interim editor of StateImpact Oklahoma, a news collaboration among NPR stations in the state.