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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

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 >

Shorty Small's Update Includes New Technology

Shorty Small's recent $250,000 renovation of its Rodney Parham location includes iPads allowing servers to send orders to the kitchen while they're taking them from the customer. read more >

Arkansas Small Business & Tech Center Offers Help for Restaurants

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center is offering programming and consulting help to food- or beverage-related businesses in Faulkner, Jefferson, Pulaski and White counties this year. read more >

Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018. read more >

Sexual Harassment: Workplaces Must Enforce Boundaries

The establishment of boundaries, education and clear policies regarding behavior in the workplace, according to lawyers and human resources experts, are key for employers. read more >

Rose Building Soon to House Ira's, A.W. Lin's

Restaurateur Ira Mittelman loves the Little Rock area and his excitement about opening his namesake restaurant in the renovated Rose Building at 307 Main St. downtown is palpable. read more >