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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

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 >

Arkansas' Arcane Liquor Laws Slowly Loosen

The controversy over the grocery wine bill illustrates the importance of convenience to the alcohol consumer, convenience is a quality-of-life issue, and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to tourism. read more >

Slim Chickens Nears $100M In Revenue

Tom Gordon, CEO and co-founder of homegrown fast-casual chain Slim Chickens, says the Fayetteville company's revenue, on an annualized basis, will surpass $100 million by the end of the second quarter of 2017. read more >

Hospitality, Heritage Honor Tourism and Restaurant Stars

Some stars in the hospitality industry generally and the restaurant sector specifically shine. A couple of state organizations recognized these stars last week. read more >

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92. read more >

Cocoa Belle Opens Store In Bryant

Carmen Portillo, Cocoa Belle's owner, operator and chief chocolatier, joins chocolate-makers Ashton Woodward (Cocoa Rouge) and Nathaniel Izard (Izard Chocolate) in offering premium chocolate in central Arkansas. read more >

Sissy Jones Inducted Into Retailer Hall of Fame

Sissy Jones, founder of jewelry store Sissy's Log Cabin and a legendary presence in Arkansas' retail world, has been inducted into National Jeweler magazine's Retailer Hall of Fame. read more >

Townsend Wolfe Dies; Memorial Service Today

Townsend Wolfe, the retired longtime director of the Arkansas Arts Center and a transformative figure on the arts in Arkansas, died Saturday at his home in Little Rock. read more >

U.S. Pizza Co. Welcomes 2017 With Growth

U.S. Pizza, which officially became a franchising company last February, will open a location in Jonesboro this summer and see its first out-of-state location, a franchise in Texarkana, Texas. read more >

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