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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

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 >

Alice Walton Reels In Flying Fish to Bentonville

Dallas restaurateur Shannon Wynne and his partners didn't really want to go to Bentonville, and they certainly knew they didn't want to locate a Flying Fish restaurant there. Then Alice Walton got involved. read more >

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: By the Numbers

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in Bentonville on Nov. 11, 2011. Here are some of the facts and figures associated with the attraction and its effect on northwest Arkansas. read more >

Little Rock Artist Delita Martin: Crystal Bridges 'Propelled My Career'

The impact of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is felt not only by cities and states, in sales tax revenue and population growth statistics, but also by individual artists — for example, Delita Martin of Little Rock. read more >

Young Chefs Offers Classes In Rogers

A Rogers couple, Mary and Alfonso Vidal, are opening a Young Chefs Academy, which offers cooking classes to children, in December. It's the first Young Chefs Academy in Arkansas. read more >

New Man on the Roost at Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens, the Fayetteville restaurant chain, has a new executive on board. He's Mark Mears, chief marketing officer. Mears has spent time with Noodles & Co., Schlotzsky's and the Cheesecake Factory. read more >