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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

College Endowments in Arkansas Increase in Importance

Endowments have always been important to private colleges and universities, but public higher education, which has experienced flat state funding or even declines in recent years, is joining private schools in its appreciation for the financial gifts that comprise endowments. read more >

Rebel Kettle, Just Opened, Plans to Grow

Only three months after opening Rebel Kettle Brewing in east Little Rock on March 21, co-owner Jason Polk is thinking about enlarging the kitchen of the microbrewery/restaurant. read more >

Midtown Little Rock IHOP to Be Razed, Rebuilt

The landmark IHOP at the northeast corner of Markham Street and University Avenue in Little Rock will be torn down and a new IHOP rebuilt at the same location, the company announced on Monday. read more >

Attorney David Couch Wields Initiatives To Change the Law

David Couch's law practice is increasingly devoted to voter-initiated acts and constitutional amendments. read more >

La Madeleine Country French Café Entry in Arkansas Serendipitous

The first La Madeleine Country French Café in the state opened April 20 in west Little Rock, but it won't be the last. The family has an agreement to open five locations of the French-inspired fast-casual restaurant chain in Arkansas and southwest Missouri. read more >

Dave & Buster's Ready for Opening with 240 Employees

Chuck Beyer, general manager of Dave & Buster's at 10900 Bass Pro Parkway in Little Rock, is excited about opening a Dave & Buster's in the city where the concept for the Dallas-based company was born. read more >

Dark Side Coffee Opens in North Little Rock

Central Arkansas has a new source for fresh-roasted coffee. Mark Whitehead has opened the Dark Side Coffee Co. in North Little Rock and is selling his coffee at the Argenta Farmers Market in North Little Rock and the Bernice Garden Farmers Market on South Main in Little Rock. read more >

New Walton College Dean Matt Waller Confronts E-Commerce Revolution

Matt Waller is the new dean of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, after having served as interim dean since June 1. read more >

Walton College of Business Scholarship Reaches Out to ‘Underrepresented'

Among the items on his to-do list as dean, Matt Waller said, is ensuring the success of the Fleischer Scholars Program, a scholarship program that seeks to draw students from “underrepresented” parts of Arkansas to the Walton College of Business. read more >

Rock Town Distillery Reports Jump In 2016 Sales

Phil Brandon has come far since 2010, the year he opened the state's first legal distillery since Prohibition. Rock Town Distillery's sales in the first four months of 2016 are up 67 percent compared with 2015. read more >