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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

Accounting Firm 'Merger Mania' Comes to Arkansas

Three major mergers involving Arkansas companies over the past year have shuffled this year's list of largest accounting firms in Arkansas considerably. read more >

A Decade After Recession, Arkansas Timber Industry Reborn

The timber industry, the biggest employer in south Arkansas, has recovered in the decade since the Great Recession. That doesn't mean it will ever be the same. read more >

Beer Garden Makes Home In East Village

The Rail Yard is the culmination of an idea at least two years in the making, an urban beer garden in Little Rock's increasingly lively East Village. read more >

Local Retailers Provide Sources of Corporate Giving

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for corporate gift-giving, that is. read more >

Illegal Shipments of Wine Anger Arkansas Retailers, Wholesalers

The online wine clubs' come-ons are seductive: Shop at home, discover hard-to-find wines, open the box deposited at your door. Unfortunately, that delicious wine may be illegal. read more >

Craft Distiller Details Plans for Spa City

They may not achieve the same numbers as craft beer brewers, but small-batch, craft distilleries are definitely becoming a “thing” in Arkansas. read more >

Community Bakery Expects to Save Dough with Solar Power

Community Bakery announced earlier this month that it would be installing this fall a 102-panel solar array with each panel providing 350 watts. read more >

Papa John's Welcomes All In New Ads

Brant Barnes, a franchisee who lives in Fayetteville, has lent his voice to the effort to rebrand Papa John's after controversies caused by founder John Schnatter's racially charged remarks. read more >

Inspiration Day: Helping Mentally Ill Find Recovery

After a successful run in medical research, Carol Witham now devotes her energies to Inspiration Day Treatment of Little Rock, which provides mental health services to the most seriously chronically mentally ill patients. read more >

Smooth Move: Merger Forms Top Tropical Smoothie Franchisee

Little Rock is now home to the largest Tropical Smoothie Café franchisee in the United States, and Dyne Hospitality Group has plans to grow even bigger. read more >