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Gwen Crownover Moritz was born in Conway, reared in North Little Rock and graduated from Harding University at Searcy. She worked at the Pine Bluff Commercial, the Arkansas Gazette and the Nashville (Tenn.) Business Journal, with stints at the Tennessee Health Care Association and the Nashville Bar Association thrown in.

Moritz has been editor of Arkansas Business since 1999. She and her husband, Rob Moritz, have two sons. They live in North Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting. read more >

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another. read more >

Relative Value (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Things that should be highly valued, in real dollar terms, often are not, and teaching is one of those things. read more >

Dave Elswick, Bob Steel, Jack Heinritz All Out at KARN

On-air personalities Dave Elswick and Bob Steel and News Director Jack Heinritz were terminated Thursday by KARN-FM/AM, 102.9/920, the Little Rock talk-radio station. The shakeup was apparently ordered by corporate owner Cumulus Media of Atlanta. read more >

New Charges Filed Against Andrew T. Melton

The former CFO of ThermoEnergy Corp., who was indicted on 12 counts of mail fraud more than a year ago, was charged Wednesday with five additional counts of employment tax fraud. read more >

Former One Bank SVP Gary Rickenbach Indicted on Federal Bank Fraud Charges

A conspiracy charge seems to be related to a $1.5 million loan that has already resulted in bank fraud charges against the Florida borrower, Alberto Solaroli; other charges allege deliberate fraud against the federal TARP program. read more >

Dillard Family Members Paid $19 Million in 2013

2013 was not as lucrative as 2012 for the family that controls Dillard's Inc., but eight members of the Dillard family had compensation packages that totaled more than $19 million, according to the annual proxy statement released Wednesday. read more >

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas. read more >

Who is Melanie Steele... And Why Is She Buying All This Stuff?

Since the beginning of the year, Melanie Steele has paid $1 million for a home in Chenal Valley; $385,000 for a house in Canal Pointe and $92,000 for the lot next door; $357,500 for a house in the Lakewood section of North Little Rock; and $80,000 for a house that she then moved off its lot in Indian Hills. All in cash. read more >

M. David Howell's Debts May Total $60 Million

M. David Howell, the former bank CEO in Little Rock and Fayetteville who died in a Beverly Hills hotel on Oct. 23, may have received $60 million or more from investors to whom he promised exorbitant returns, sources have told Arkansas Business. read more >