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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

Health Care Demands Push Growth of NLR's Travel Nurse

Although it barely missed making it onto this year's list of largest private companies in Arkansas, Travel Nurse Across America appears poised to capture a spot next year as the demand for what it supplies — nurses — soars and the supply dwindles. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks Expands Board

The Bank of the Ozarks added a member to its board of directors at its annual shareholders meeting, raising the Little Rock company's board membership to 16 and increasing its female board membership to 25 percent. read more >

Yellow Rocket to Open Big Orange in Rogers

Little Rock restaurant group Yellow Rocket Concepts says it will open a Big Orange in Rogers, its first restaurant outside central Arkansas. read more >

Coffee Shops On Rise in Downtown Little Rock

Choices for the coffee-loving crowd are proliferating in downtown Little Rock what with the opening or scheduled opening of at least four new coffee shops within the last few months. read more >

Heights Corner Market Gets New Chef

Heights Corner Market has hired Chef Jeffrey Moore to run its prepared foods department and the Heights Corner Café. read more >

Petit & Keet to Open May 18

Petit & Keet Bar & Grill, a joint venture between veteran Arkansas restaurateurs Louis Petit and Jim Keet, is scheduled to open May 18. read more >

Georgia Pacific, UAM-CTC Team Up to Train Workers for 21st Century

A worker-training technique that evolved in the Middle Ages is gaining new currency in 21st century Crossett. read more >

Hergets Give Heights Icon New Chance

The venerable Terry's Finer Foods in the Heights lives now as the Heights Corner Market, a rebirth greeted with relief by all who relied on Terry's for great meat, seafood, desserts and its selection of hard-to-find groceries. read more >

The Influencers: Michael Poore of the Little Rock School District

It's probably best to be an optimist if you want to lead the Little Rock School District. By that measure, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key made the right choice last April in selecting Mike Poore as superintendent of the state's biggest — and long-troubled — school district. read more >

Liquor Stores: Grocery Wine Bill a Death Knell

Liquor store owners say a bill to let Wal-Mart and grocery stores sell a larger assortment of wine fundamentally changes their business model and will lead to the closure of hundreds of package stores in the state. read more >

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