Patricia May, Former Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Editor, Dies

Patricia Ann May, 55, of Fayetteville, a former editor of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, died Sept. 2 in Harrison.

May was a former journalist who had worked as a reporter and editor for a number of publications in Arkansas and elsewhere before leaving the field to work as a market analyst. She most recently had worked for Church & Dwight Co. Before that, May served as a market analyst in northwest Arkansas for Procter & Gamble, Clorox and AC Nielsen.

May was born Nov. 11, 1957, in Fayetteville, the daughter of William Richard and Ann May.

She was a 1976 graduate of Harrison High School and a 1980 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In 1988 she earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

May was a reporter for the Springdale News and the Northwest Arkansas Times in the 1980s. While she pursued her graduate studies at Northwestern, she was a reporter for the American Banker in Chicago and Washington.

On returning to Arkansas, she was a business reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and Fayetteville and the Morning News in Springdale. She was also executive editor of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. During her years working as a market analyst she continued freelance writing for the Arkansas Catholic.