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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

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 >

Christen Franke of Franke's Cafeteria Dies at 37

Christen Cazort Franke, an owner and operator with her family of Franke's Cafeteria in Little Rock, died Dec. 4. read more >

Luncheon Honors Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes

The annual Health Care Heroes awards luncheon, held Nov. 16 in Little Rock, honored people and organizations for work in improving care in Arkansas. read more >

Spartan Battles Bad Boy Mowers on Shared Turf in Batesville

Maybe a thousand feet as the crow flies separates the Intimidator plant from the Bad Boy facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. And though Intimidator is the startup, it lays claim to the 1 Bad Boy Blvd. address; Bad Boy is at 102 Industrial Drive. read more >

Little Rock City Director-elect Capi Peck Says Politics, Restaurants Comparable

Earlier this month, Capi Peck, owner and operator of Trio's Restaurant, won her race for Ward 4 on the Little Rock Board of Directors. read more >

At 5, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Transforms Bentonville

There are any number of ways to try to gauge the impact — economic and otherwise — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has had on Bentonville, on Arkansas and beyond since its opening Nov. 11, 2011. read more >