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Jan Cottingham

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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >

Craft Brewers' Growth Spurs Look at Rules

The explosive growth of the craft brewing industry in Arkansas is causing the brewers themselves and state regulators to re-evaluate the rules governing the sector, a re-evaluation that has the potential to lead to new state laws. read more >

'Antiques Roadshow' Coming to Little Rock in July

"Antiques Roadshow," the immensely popular PBS series, is coming to Little Rock on July 25. The show last came to Arkansas in 2002, setting up shop in the Hot Springs Convention Center and attracting more than 6,000 people. read more >

State of the Art Exhibit Draws Record Crowds to Crystal Bridges

The State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has become the best attended exhibition in the Bentonville museum's three-year history. read more >

Bill Fontes, General Manager of Little Rock Marriott, Dies

Bill Fontes, the general manager of the Little Rock Marriott, died Saturday after a brief illness, the hotel and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on Monday. read more >

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Drew Smyly, Father Buy Beef 'O' Brady's In Maumelle

For Todd Smyly, father of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, going in with his son to buy the Beef ‘O' Brady's franchise in Maumelle wasn't much of a stretch, for a lot of reasons. read more >

UPDATE: Don Bacigalupi Leaving Crystal Bridges to Lead George Lucas' Chicago Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville announces that Don Bacigalupi will leave as president but will retain his place on the museum's board. read more >

Cameron Smith & Associates' Mission To Put More Women in Public Company Boardrooms

Diversity on corporate boards has been an issue for years. Most companies recognize that having directors from varied backgrounds isn't simply a theoretical matter of equity; it's a matter of performance. Cameron Smith wants to use the contacts built up over 20 years of helping to put women on corporate boards. And women — particularly in Arkansas — could use his help. read more >

UA Projects, Fayetteville School Win American Architecture Awards

Three projects with ties to the University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture have received 2014 American Architecture Awards. read more >

Little Rock Entrepreneurs Raising Funds — And Profile — With Kickstarter

A couple of Arkansas entrepreneurs who recently reached their business funding goals through Kickstarter say the crowdfunding platform may be even better at generating interest — and potential customers — than it is at raising money. read more >

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