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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

UCA, UALR Redesign Their MBA Programs

Two central Arkansas universities have redesigned their MBA programs recently in an effort to better meet the needs of students and employers and to set themselves apart from other schools. read more >

The Idle Class Magazine Plans Publishing Unit

The Idle Class, a relatively new publication based in Fayetteville and headed by Editor Kody Ford, recently discussed several new initiatives. read more >

UAMS, ACHRI Help Find Key to Allergic/Immune Disorder

A group of researchers, including a group at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute, have made what's being hailed as a “breakthrough” in understanding the cause of a rare disorder. read more >

Crystal Bridges' State of the Art Exhibition Means Business for Arkansas Artists

The State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which has gained national attention, has been transformative for Little Rock artist Delita Martin, who has three pieces in the exhibit. read more >

To Succeed, Liquor Stores Must Adapt

Package stores face in an uncertain environment if voters in November approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment. read more >

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan. read more >

Regulators Cite Greater Shale Knowledge as Environmental Complaints Dwindle

A decade of shale play development has seen a resolution of some of the early concerns, and two of the Arkansas regulators most involved in overseeing the gas industry in the play credit the growing “maturity” not just of the industry but of their own agencies and the public. read more >

Jeff Baskin, Head of NLR Library System, Dies

Jeffrey Lee Baskin, who served the Laman Library System for 27 years and was responsible for a great expansion of the system, has died at 67. read more >

Clinton National Airport Tackles Renovation, Monitors Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines of Dallas, responsible for almost a third of enplanements at Clinton National Airport, is counting the hours to the expiration of the Wright Amendment, which has limited its flights. Airport Executive Director Ron Mathieu is paying attention. read more >

Hospitality Event Appealing to More Than Just Insiders

The 70th annual Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention & Trade Show will be Sept. 17-18 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Those in the restaurant industry as well as civilians with an appreciation for food and wine will find the event interesting. read more >