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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

Marshals Museum Task? Create Civic Literacy

The U.S. Marshals Museum being built in Fort Smith has a number of goals, but perhaps the most important is its role in teaching the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. read more >

Hiram Walker Plant Keeps Fort Smith in High Spirits

In a city hard hit by manufacturing declines during the past decade, the Hiram Walker plant, set on 32 acres at the south end of town, is a bright spot. read more >

Craft Brews Make Home in Fort Smith

It was love that brought Quentin Willard back to Fort Smith, and it was love that led him, with business partner Brooke Elder, to found Fort Smith Brewing Co. read more >

60 Percent of Arkansas Households Now Wireless Only

In 2015, the government estimated that 59.8 percent of Arkansas households had no landlines and relied only on wireless phones. read more >

Alice Walton's Art Bridges Puts Art On Road 'For All'

Art Bridges, the nonprofit founded by Alice Walton will partner with museums and other institutions throughout the United States to share works of American art. read more >

New South Produce Cooperative Putting More on the Table

New South Produce Cooperative, based in North Little Rock, has been in business close to two years now, providing Arkansas residents another source of locally grown produce. read more >

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame are open through Oct. 31. This will be the second Hall of Fame class, a program sponsored by the Department of Arkansas Heritage. read more >

The Essentials of Life Now in One Hot Springs Spot

After a decade of work and planning, Amy Thomas has realized her dream of opening a business in downtown Hot Springs — actually, three businesses: the Argentinian Coffee & Wine Bar; Oxy-Zen, what may be Arkansas' only oxygen bar; and Thai-Me Spa, a day spa. read more >

Crystal Bridges Announces Director, Name of New Arts Venue

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced Lieven Bertels, a native of Belgium with a background in international arts festivals, as director of its new arts venue being developed in a former Kraft Foods plant in downtown Bentonville. read more >

From Bathhouse to Hotel, Hot Springs' Hale to Be Reborn

In the 32 years since they moved to Hot Springs, Pat and Ellen McCabe have seen the transformation of downtown Hot Springs. Now, with the couple's repurposing of the Hale Bathhouse into a boutique hotel, they'll be directly participating in that transformation. read more >