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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

Restaurateur Capi Peck Mixes Warmth with Strength This article is available only in print.

Despite a hospitality background, Capi Peck didn't start out to be a restaurateur. Nonetheless, she opened Trio's in 1986 and has since become a leader not just in the local restaurant industry, but also on the Little Rock Board of Directors. read more >

Pot Edibles Seen Claiming Market Share

Medical marijuana isn't even for sale yet in Arkansas, but some people in the industry are already considering the potential market for medical cannabis edibles. read more >

Big Deals of 2018 Skyrocket in Arkansas by 267 Percent

The value of big deals in Arkansas leaped to $53.9 billion in 2018, a 267 percent increase over the $14.7 billion figure of 2017. read more >

News Whets Local Appetite for Minute Man

The response to the news that the Minute Man Restaurant brand was planning a revival couldn't have been much warmer. read more >

Pope County Says Casino Not a Good Fit

Garland and Crittenden counties have long histories as hosts of gaming establishments. Jefferson County needs jobs. But Pope County? read more >

Dave's Place Marks 25 Years In Heart of Little Rock

Restaurateur David Williams has seen a lot of change in downtown Little Rock since he opened Dave's Place on Dec. 20, 1993. And yet in the notoriously difficult restaurant business, Dave's Place has reached its 25th anniversary. read more >

Big River, Big Gift: Osceola Steel Mill 'Keeps On Giving'

Big River Steel, which sits on 1,300 acres not far from Osceola in Mississippi County, employs more than 500 workers at an average annual salary exceeding $75,000. read more >

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 >