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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

Feltner Trio to Branch Out to Tontitown

Tontitown is poised to be the second location of Feltner Brothers Burgers, with more planned after that. read more >

Stone's Throw to Sample Stifft Station Location at PopUp Event

A PopUp in the Rock event will be the occasion for Stone's Throw Brewing to set up in Little Rock's Stifft Station neighborhood for a few weeks to test interest in a possible outpost in the area. read more >

Arkansas Food Has Champion in Kat Robinson

By leveraging her education and professional experience, Kat Robinson has marketed her stories about Arkansas food and restaurants with great success. read more >

Wilkins, Former Arkansas Legislator, Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Pine Bluff, a former Arkansas legislator and the Jefferson County judge until his sudden resignation last month, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to accept more than $80,000 in bribes. read more >

What Drove Dixie Cafe Down?

In its more than 30 years, Dixie Cafe and its home-style, Southern food had worked its way into the rhythms and routines of many Arkansans' lives. But that very familiarity may have played a part in its death. read more >

New Little Rock Southwest High School a Point of Pride

A lot is riding on the first new high school in the Little Rock School District in more than 50 years. read more >

$2M Rusty Tractor Vineyards In the Works For Southwest Little Rock

Real estate developer Doug Meyer and his wife, Sheree, are investing close to $2 million in Rusty Tractor Vineyards, an 80-acre property off David O. Dodd Road in southwest Little Rock that's envisioned as a winery and an event venue. read more >

New RiverFest Bringing New Focus to Food

Universal Fairs wants the festival's food to please eventgoers, but it also wants to benefit the vendors, whose applications for a spot at the event include their proposed menu and layout. read more >

Mary Beth Ringgold Named to Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

The members of the second class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame were announced earlier this month by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which sponsors the program recognizing “Arkansas's legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events.” read more >

Paul Michael Has Found His Place on Earth

Paul Michael, grandson of a Delta merchant, sells home decor to the world while finding success as a designer and entrepreneur. read more >