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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

Stakes are High in $68M Renovation of Robinson Center

Robinson Center is a multipurpose venue. It must accommodate the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Broadway plays, Ballet Arkansas and commencement ceremonies — in addition to conventions and conferences — and each of these has different and sometimes even opposite technical requirements, particularly acoustical requirements. read more >

Main Street, Restaurants and the Big Mo

The recent announcement that another new restaurant will be opening on Little Rock's Main Street lends weight to the idea that this part of downtown has the “big mo,” the momentum to keep diners coming to what once was a pretty sketchy part of town past 5 p.m. read more >

Crystal Bridges Names New Curators

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced the promotion of two staff members to curator and the hiring of a third curator. Manuela Well-Off-Man and Chad Alligood, assistant curators at the Bentonville museum, have been promoted, and Mindy Besaw, curator of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody, Wyoming, will join the museum in the fall. read more >

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation. read more >

Mixed-Drink Sales Vital To Restaurant Bottom Lines

Since some cities have levied local taxes on sales of alcoholic beverages, a missing factor of our top-selling restaurants can be learned. read more >

Family Tree Thrives at Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics

Gary Horton was happy when his three children showed an interest in joining the family business, Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics, though, he said, he made a point of not trying to sway them. “They just basically all chose to do it.” read more >

William Garner, Championed Greers Ferry Lake, Dies

William Garner, who helped champion the development of Greers Ferry Lake, died Sunday at the age of 99. read more >

Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari Stresses Performance

Five years after Heifer International laid off about 20 percent of its workforce because of a falloff in revenue and almost four years after it announced a new CEO, Heifer is placing new emphasis on measuring its impact on the mostly rural families it seeks to help. read more >

No Decline in Donations to Heifer Since Downgrade

Only extremely conscientious donors and people inside the nonprofit world likely noticed that Charity Navigator, a charities rating organization, downgraded Heifer International's three-star (out of four) rating to two as of July 1, 2013. read more >

Diamond Bear's Arkansas Alehouse One Step on the Growth Path

Last Thursday, Diamond Bear Brewing Co. opened its Arkansas Alehouse restaurant, allowing owner and President Russ Melton to prove his theory: retail complements production, alehouse complements brewhouse. read more >